The State Of Zydeco Today
By Herman Fuselier
Lafayette, Louisiana–based zydeco expert Herman Fuselier provides an overview of the current zydeco scene in Louisiana. Times have changed, legendary performers have died, clubs have closed, but the scene carries on, and a new generation of players and fans continues to breathe life into zydeco.
You Don’t Want To Lose Culture And The Roots, You Know?
By Mark Camarigg
Zydeco’s reigning king Stanley Dural, a.k.a. Buckwheat Zydeco, talks about growing up in the culture of zydeco, meeting and playing music with his lifelong friend Lil’ Buck Sinegal, joining Clifton Chenier’s band, and breaking out on his own to create Buckwheat Zydeco.
Keys To The Kingdom
By Michael Tisserand
The son of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier tells his tale of riding out Hurricane Rita and the aftermath, and discusses making his latest album, a stripped-down recording with the Tarbox Ramblers.
The Future Of Zydeco
By Herman Fuselier and Mark Coltrain
Profiles of up-and-coming zydeco stars give insight into the current scene and the shape of things to come. Nathan Williams, Rosie Ledet, Cedric Watson and Corey Ledet, J. Paul, Curley Taylor, Lil Nathan, and Travis Matte are covered.
The Legends Of Zydeco Guitar
By Barry Lee Pearson and Scott Barretta
Although the accordion plays the central role in zydeco, the guitar is elemental in creating the groove needed to get everyone dancing. Harry Hypolite, who worked with Clifton Chenier and later Clifton’s son, C.J. Chenier; Carlton “Guitar” Thomas, longtime guitarist with Boozoo Chavis; Raymond Randell, who worked with Roy Carrier; and Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal, who played with Clifton Chenier and currently plays with Buckwheat Zydeco, are featured.
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