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Sean Ardoin, Kreole Rock and Soul (Louisiana Red Hot Records)

As Sean Ardoin points out, zydeco has evolved so much that it’s sometimes challenging to recognize it in its myriad forms. So, to distinguish his new breed of music from […]

Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Black Pot (Swampadelic Records)

Despite its perplexing black skillet cover, Black Pot is Chubby Carrier’s most unusual and selfless release of his extensive discography. Admittedly, he didn’t have enough material to head back into […]

Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames, This All I Know (Independent)

On his fifth CD, Leon Chavis achieves an artistic milestone with 11 originals reflecting deeper personal feelings and more openly honest songwriting. Several originals unveil his new lease on life: […]

Super T Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers, Goin’ Live (Independent)

Some day when it’s all over, Chris Ardoin will be anointed a patron saint of zydeco since he’s helmed so many records for his contemporaries, including two now for ‘couzan’ […]

Yvette Landry & The Jukes, Louisiana Lovin’ (Soko Music)

The roots of this Yvette Landry–Roddie Romero collaboration began when they performed Dale & Grace’s number one hit “I’m Leaving It Up to You” at a gig, then waxed a […]

Lane Mack, Swampodisiac (Independent)

Lane Mack’s sophomore effort Swampodisiac is sonic proof that his auspicious 2015 debut wasn’t a fluke but a solidly constructed foundation to build upon. Compared to its eponymously titled predecessor, […]

Kevin Naquin and the Ossun Playboys, Man in the Mirror (Flat Town Music)

Considering this is Kevin Naquin’s 11th album of his 23-year career, he manages to pack plenty of artistic firsts into these dozen tracks. It’s the first time he’s recorded a […]

My Music: Nathan Williams, Jr. of Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers

“As a kid, it was very inspirational to be part of [my dad’s group Nathan &] the Zydeco Cha Chas. I was basically a sponge absorbing everything I saw. I […]

Five Questions with Nathan Williams of Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Now in their thirty-third year, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas are a topflight zydeco band with a signature style that’s closer to Buckwheat Zydeco and founding father Clifton Chenier […]

Chas Justus & the Jury, Chas Justus & the Jury (Black Pot Records)

In the Spirit of Bob Wills   When the reign of the western swing-centric Red Stick Ramblers ended and the next-gen band the Revelers launched with a completely different format, […]