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Here is the great Cajun accordionist and singer, Ray Abshire, performing with Balfa Toujours at the 2011 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette, LA.  From left: Courtney Granger (violin), Kevin Wimmer (violin), Ray Abshire (accordion), Christine Balfa (guitar) and Yvette Landry (bass).  And sorry, but don’t know the drummer.  Also don’t recognize the song, and it’s one of the smaller performance spaces, not the main stage or the heritage stage. 

Here are Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys performing an instrumental version of Zydeco a pas sale (also known as Zydeco sont pas sale or The snap beans aren’t salty) at the Institute of Musical Traditions in Rockville, Maryland on May 21, 2012.  He’s using the smaller diatonic accordion, so it sounds different from the usual Clifton Chenier version we’re used to.  Broussard was a member of Zydeco Force before they broke up.  This is a very professional-looking video, made with multiple cameras. 

No accordion here, this is a version of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet’s long-time favorite song Zydeco gris gris.  Since Jimmy Breaux left the band, BEauSoleil has not had a regular accordionist.  At the June 2014 Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, it was Jo-El Sonnier doing the honors.  Wonder if they’ll add a regular accordion player to the band.  BeauSoleil tours a lot, so look for ‘em in your town soon!  And it was recorded underground in Tennessee.  

One hour and twenty-six minutes of zydeco excitement; here’s Buckwheat Zydeco in Milwaukee.  This was a student produced project with Student Ops, and they did a great job!  This isn’t someone with a single low-res camera, it’s HD all the way with student producer Morgan Kauphusman and student director Justin Avery..  There’s all the performer to audience interaction, as well as a big band, with trumpet and saxophone.  Eh toi! 

YouTube user Louisiana Stars has posted a video of a 2014 performance of “Kalinda” by Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.   As usual, Nathan Williams wears his trademark hat and sunglasses and does a little dance step as he plays; that’s not easy with a big old piano-key accordion strapped to his chest!    Williams is an under-appreciated musician, with eight main albums released by Rounder, and three live performance at Jazz Fest, as well as many individual tracks on compilation albums.  As he says:  “You got to wonder where you’re going but never forget where you came from.”

Let’s go (Rounder, 2000)
I’m a Zydeco Hog (live at Rock ‘n’ Bowl) (Rounder, 1997)
Follow Me Chicken (Rounder, 1993)
Your Mama Don’t Know (Rounder, 1992)
Steady Rock (Rounder, 1992)

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival 2011, 2012 and 2013 (https://www.munckmusic.com/wms/jazzfest/index.html – search artist in pull-down box)

Here’s Marc Savoy, solo, on stage at the Musical Instruments Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  He’s playing the first song he learned, “J’ai passe devant ta porte,” or “I passed by your door.”  It’s an instrumental, so don’t wait for the vocals to kick in.  Savoy is one of the two best accordion makers, the other being Junior Martin.  They’re all made by hand, slowly, and they aren’t cheap!    

Here are four glorious Louisiana Creole songs brought to you by KEXP-FM, Seattle, WA.   The set starts with Le soleil est leve (The sun is setting), then Pa Janvier (or Donne moi Pauline), a great minor key song from the Cajun repertoire.  There’s an interview with Watson from 8:40 to 15:31, followed by Cochon de Lait, then some more discussion about the band members, and Les hurlements.  Watson plays diatonic and double-row accordion and violin and sings.  Each song is named with text over the video. 

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