Music from the Zydeco Kingdom

Music from the Zydeco Kingdom

     
 

Author Michael Tisserand compiled this zydeco anthology as a companion disc to his book about the music, The Kingdom of Zydeco. Zydeco is a music that can easily become too homogenous over the course of single-artist albums, so there's always room for a compilation that ensures some diversity to the listening experience. This isn't exactly a one-disc history of…  See more details below

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Author Michael Tisserand compiled this zydeco anthology as a companion disc to his book about the music, The Kingdom of Zydeco. Zydeco is a music that can easily become too homogenous over the course of single-artist albums, so there's always room for a compilation that ensures some diversity to the listening experience. This isn't exactly a one-disc history of zydeco: the chronological balance is tilted way toward the 1990s, with only three pre-1970 tracks (including Amede Ardoin's "Two Step de Eunice (Eunice Two Step)," done in a 1929 session which could qualify as the first batch of zydeco recordings). It's more a cross-section of major and minor zydeco performers and styles that complements more sweeping overviews, such as others on the Rhino, Rounder, and Arhoolie labels. Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Boozoo Chavis, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Rockin' Dopsie are all represented. So are newbloods such as John Delafose, and relative unknowns like Rosie Ledet (whose saucy "I'm Gonna Take Care of Your Dog" is a refreshing diversion for its womanly perspective) and Little Latour's Sulphur Playboys (whose 1968 "C Key Blues" is a little like John Lee Hooker doing zydeco). Two cuts, Delafose's "Tu M'as Fait Brailler (You Made Me Cry)" (from a 1992 BBC session) and Beau Jocque's "Give Him Cornbread," were previously unreleased. When all is said and done, it might still be a reflection of how zydeco performers can sound more similar to each other than different from one another. But it is a decent mix that includes both tradition-based approaches and more modern, soul- and rock-influenced ones.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
Rounder Select
UPC:
0018964157920
catalogNumber:
11579

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Tracks

  1. Two Step de Eunice  - Amédé Ardoin
  2. Broken Hearted
  3. Tu M'As Fait Brailler: You Made Me Cry  - John Delafons
  4. Oh Yes I'm Going Away
  5. Grand Prix  -  C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
  6. Bernadette C'Est My 'Tit Creole
  7. Grand Mary's Two Step  -  Boozoo Chavis & the Majic Sounds
  8. La Femme de Doight  -  Bon Temps Zydeco Band
  9. C-Key Blues  -  Little Latour's Sulphur Playboys
  10. Louisiana Down Home Blues  -  C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
  11. Zydeco Á Carriére  -  Freres Carriere
  12. Doopsie Cajun Stomp  -  Rockin' Dopsie & the Cajun Twisters
  13. Everything on the Hog  -  Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas
  14. Hot Tamale Baby
  15. Cher Catin  -  Clifton Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band
  16. I'm Gonna Take Care of Your Dog
  17. Give Him Cornbread
  18. Hack a 'Tit Moreau
  19. Ardion Two Step  -  Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Reed   Guitar
Amédé Ardoin   Accordion,Vocals
Buckwheat Zydeco   Track Performer,Organ,Piano
John Delafose   Fiddle,Vocals
Rapone   Guitar,Vocals
Morris Ledet   Bass
Zydeco Force   Track Performer
Beau Jocque   Accordion,Vocals
Dennis McGee   Fiddle
Eugene Alfred   Guitar
Kent Pierre August   Guitar
Classie Ballou   Bass
Boozoo Chavis   Accordion,Vocals
Herbert Broussard   Vocals,Rubboard
Jeffrey Broussard   Accordion,Vocals
Chuck Bush   Bass
Cleveland Chenier   Rubboard
Freddy Charles   Saxophone
Steve "Skeeta" Charlot   Drums
Charles Chavis   Rubboard
Rellis Chavis   Drums
Elijah Cudges   Rubboard
Geno Delafose   Accordion,Track Performer
Brad Frank   Drums
Jennifer Frank   Bass
Keith Frank   Track Performer
John Frederick   Bass,Percussion
Adam Harrison   Bass
Harry Hypolite   Guitar
Queen Ida   Accordion,Vocals
Germaine Jack   Drums,Rubboard
Vasti Jackson   Guitar
Ray Johnson   Guitar
Nathaniel Jolivette   Drums
Wilbert Lewis   Percussion
Kevin Menard   Drums
Wilfred Pierre   Rubboard
Charles Prud'homme   Guitar
Nathan Williams   Accordion,Vocals
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Rosie Ledet   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Clifford Alexander   Percussion,Rubboard
Jamie Kelly   Guitar,Percussion
Dave Rubin   Rubboard
Mark Willis   Rubboard
Gregory DePew   Drums
Greg Gordon   Drums
Corey Ledet   Drums
Lanice Ledet   Rubboard
Don Nick   Bass
Beau Jocque & The Zydeco Hi-Rollers   Track Performer
Clifton Chenier & His Red Hot Louisiana Band   Track Performer
Raymond Thomas   Drums
Ambrose Sam   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
John Hart   Saxophone
C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band   Track Performer
Calvin Sam   Rubboard
Robby "Mann" Robinson   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin   Composer
Scott Billington   Producer
Michael Tisserand   Liner Notes
Andres Espree   Composer
Wilson Chavis   Composer

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