Are you in the process of planning a Mardi Gras themed event? If so, I’d like to help by recommending a few zydeco artists to include onto your party’s playlist. My suggestions are based on my years of experience organizing such events. Each one is an artist that was quite popular with my guests. Thus, your guests may enjoy listening to them are well. Here they are:
Clifton Chenier (1925-1987)
One artist that I’d recommend rediscovering is the King of Zydeco himself, Clifton Chenier. I found his music to be incredibly infectious. Some of the songs that I enjoyed listening to were “Zydeco Disco” and “Got to Have Your Love.” The memorable songs appear on the album “Clifton Chenier and His Red Hot Louisiana Band.” I should also mention that his son C.J. Chenier is a heck of a musician as well. Therefore, you may want to pick up a few of his albums too.
Boozoo Chavis (1930 – 2001)
Based on my experience, Boozoo Chavis is another zydeco legend that deserves to be on any Mardi Gras event’s playlist. Songs that I would recommend listening to are “Paper in My Shoe”, “Dancin’ Sassy One-Step” and “Zydeco Hee-Haw.” You can find some of them on his album “Zydeco Homebrew.”
Queen Ida (1929)
If you ask me, no Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without a good word from Queen Ida. After all, she was the first woman accordion player to take center stage. She is also currently still living. One of my favorite songs is her version of “Jambalaya (On the Bayou).” If you want to obtain a copy of the song, I’d suggest buying her album “Queen Ida Cookin’ Zydeco!” In my opinion, it’s a fabulous album that also contains other toe-tapping songs that you may appreciate.
Wayne Toups (1958)
Do you like a bit of rock or country with your zydeco? If so, I’d recommend getting to know Wayne Toups. Like the Queen, he is still living and producing fantastic tunes. One song that is quite beautiful is “Standing in the Rain.” It is one of my favorites and it’s available on the “Best of Wayne Toups” album.
Terrance Simien (1965)
Finally, I’d definitely suggest that you consider listening to Terrance Simien. I just love his music because it’s so moving. Over the years, he has produced a lot of amazing albums too. Therefore, you’d be hard-pressed to select a bad one. Ones that I would recommend are “The Tribute Sessions” and “Creole for Kidz and the History of Zydeco.”
Source: Personal Experience
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