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Keith Frank, Live at Slim’s Y-Ki-Ki (Shanachie)

This ’98 Labor Day weekend gig, Frank’s first live recording, is zydeco heaven. Frank’s Soileau Zydeco Band is known for four hour shows without a pause. But on holiday weekends […]

Leeroy Thomas with Special Guest Leo Thomas, I’m A Bad Sucka For Ya (Bad Weather)

Last summer the father-son, dressed-to-the-nines zydeco tandem Leo and Leeroy Thomas had hopes of being the first z-band to release consecutive discs within nine months. A month after their dog […]

Terrance Simien, Positively Beadhead (Tone-Cool)

Just as Clifton Chenier blended the sounds of his day to give birth to the crying baby of zydeco, similarly in the nineties, Terrance Simien uses contemporary materials to coin […]

Fest Focus: Mamou Prairie Band

“This band has never been this, tight,” says Randy Vidtine, guitarist with the rising Mamou Prairie Band. A Cajun music veteran since his high school days in Evangeline Parish, Vidrtine […]

Lynn August, Creole People (Aim Records)

“Creole people, they don’t want to be nobody else,” sings the gritty voice of zydeco’s Lynn August on Creole People, the album’s title track. ‘They want to be recognized for […]

The Creole Zydeco Farmers, …On the Road (Maison de Soul)

If the snap bean is the essence of zydeco, then somebody’s gotta grow it. At least that’s been the creed of the Creole Zydeco Farmers who’ve been harvesting their homegrown, […]