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Last night at Rock ‘N’ Bowl, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas knocked ’em out with his mix of English and French, waltzes and two steps, blues and zydeco.  And the divided crowd danced and rocked while the New Orleans Saints lost to the Atlanta Falcons.  Nathan was in fine form with his piano-key Hohner accordion and his long-time band: drums, five-string bass, guitar and rubboard (also called a frottoit or scrubboard).   About 80 minutes into his set, Nathan casually strolled through the audience and dancers, stopping in front of various music lovers, including yours truly!  His big announcement of the evening was that his new album will be out “by the end of the year.”  That’s great news, adding to his catalog: Steady rock, Your mama don’t know, Follow me chicken, Creole crossroads (with Michael Doucet), and I’m a zydeco hog : live at the Rock’n’ Bowl, New Orleans.  Nathan Williams is a living link to the classic zydeco era, learning from Clifton Chenier and comparable to Boozoo Chavis, Rockin’ Dopsie and Buckwheat Zydeco.  And he’s an educator, too, appearing recently to Lafayette-area high schoolers to discuss zydeco with Dr. Mark DeWitt, holder of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Memorial Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.


The second volume of En Français will have a coming out party at the Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 according to a press release on the WWOZ-FM web site.  Here’s the contents:  The Babineaux Sisters recorded “All Along the Watchtower” and “Three Little Birds”, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet chose the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time” and Jame’s Brown’s “I’ll Go Crazy”. Al Berard et Les Filles did versions of “Time of the Season” and “All Day and All of the Night” and The Brasseurs recorded “Goin’ up the Country” and “In the Pines”.  Geno Delafose recorded “Wild Horses” and Terrance and Marcella Simien performed an enchanting duet of “In My Life”.   Isle Derniere revisited “When the Levee Breaks” and the Soul Express Brass Band invited zydeco accordion extraordinaire Corey Ledet to join them for brass-zydeco covers of “Superstition” and “Day-O”.

The folks at Thompkins Square are at it again, continuing to release older and folk material on CD.  This time it’s “Aimer et Perdre: To Love & to Lose Songs, 1917-1934” after a song by Joe and Cleoma Falcon.   The New Yorker mentions it and has a sound clip online.  Can’t find it on their web site, however.  Amazon lists it with a Feb. 13, 2012 release date.  Don’t find it on the Louisiana Music Factory site yet.  Who’da thought Brooklyn would be the source for classic recorded folk and ethic music?  You can listen to the title song now on the CD Cajun volume 1 Abbeville breakdown. Columbia. CK 56220. 1990.

The Band Courtbouillon is Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy.  And this Cajun supergroup has a CD, out today on Valcour Records!  It’s available for immediate download or order as a CD.  And two tracks are available for free download:  Mamou Two-Step and Viens Me Chercher (Come Get Me).  Click to listen or right click to save these MP3s.  This is quite a group and I expect a lot of buzz around them at Festivals Acadiens et Créole this weekend in Lafayette.  See you there!

Bayou Teche Brewing‘s brewmaster Karlos Knott and the Lost Bayou Ramblers‘ Louis Michot have brewed up a new CD, En Francais – Cajun and Creole Rock and Roll.   It includes Steve Riley, Corey Ledet, Les Malfecteurs, and Bonsoir Catin.  Songs by the Beatles, Neil Young, and many more classic and more modern tunes.  It’s not available yet but should be out in time for Festival Acadiens et Creoles, a mere two weeks away.  Sounds like great listening!

Another Cajun band is offering you the opportunity to receive their new recording as it’s released.  Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys did it with 2010’s Grand Isle, and now the Lost Bayou Ramblers are releasing Mammoth Waltz.  The recording features Gordon Gano, of the band Violent Femmes.   It’s going to be released this coming Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011.  The album is available in digital or vinyl format.   And the Ramblers are playing One-Eyed Jacks tonight in New Orleans.  Allons!

Gambit Weekly in New Orleans has a cover story on the Lafayette, La-based band, the GIVERS (capitalization theirs, their blog)Their first EP was released by Valcour Records, the well-known upstart Cajun and Louisiana Creole label.  Read down to hear about young people’s attitudes toward traditional music.  It was never their music, until they discovered it on their own.

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