6 Zydeco dance CD's...
Keith Frank - "Live
at Slims Y-Ki-Ki"
2. Nathan & Cha Chas -"Zydeco
3. Keith Frank - "Whats
Step Rideau Zydeco Outlaws, "Stepin
On" Need to buy at CD dance or order directly from
5. Keith Frank - "The
6. Beau Jocque - "Get
There are many places to purchase CD's and here are a few
1. Floyd's Records - Ville Platt Louisiana
Music Factory in New Orleans
the artists: Most of these artists can not afford to do
this for a living and they have another day job so the CD's
myself or you purchase helps to give a little back to the folks
who touch our life in a very special way :)
Jack & The Zydeco Gamblers, "Getting Down To
Business" (4 out of 5 gators)
Put this CD on your "Buy" list if your
a Zydeco dance lover. They put together some new great
energy tunes that Brain has gained a reputation for.
At times Brian's tunes can be on the fast side but this
CD finds a great balance of great Zydeco dance tempo's.
Several of his tunes on this CD hit the Zydeco groove
that I only experienced with the best tracks of Keith
Frank's. The band sounds tighter than ever. ZydeCoach
recommends at least tracks #2, #4, #9 and probably several
others for CD dances.
They also put together a great cover and when you get
the CD, check out the inside picture of Brian heading
off to work with his "brief case". The only
thing I would have liked is to have the words to the songs
included with the CD. You can order the CD directly
from Brian by clicking on the link above.
Ardoin, "Home Brew" (3 out of 5 gators)
does another good job of bringing us the new Zydeco sound
and sharing thier talent. Nice heavy base along with what
sounds almost like a Step Rideau steel drum sound. He
has a nice mix of tunes and tempo's with a Cha Cha on
track one and a great blues song, "Home Brew",
on track 4. Fumba Laka Chumba on track 5 is a catchy tune.
If you DJ you may want to speed up a few of the tracks
for the dancers.
Rideau, "Step 2 U" (3.5 out of 5 gators)
Put Step Rideau's latest CD, Step 2 U on your Zydeco
Dancers Buy list. The CD has some great songs with his
unique accordion rifts. There are many CD's that I buy
and end up not playing at the Zydeco CD dances I host
but there are several tracks on this CD that will make
it into the regular mix.
Frank, Zydeco Icon (4 out of 5 gators)
this CD on your BUY list if your a Zydeco fan. Keith did
a good job with many of these new tunes.
are some of the favorite tracks...
track, "Mardi Gras", this tune has a great Mardi
Gras feel to it !
7th track, "Petite Au La Grosse", love the rhythm
8th track, "Part Time Lover", this is my favorite
track, he took the old song and "Zydeco'd" it...
Keith has a habit of doing old cover songs and putting
them to Zydeco rhythms and this was a great tune to do
with a Zydeco sound.
10th track, "Jambalaya", this song has been
done by many bands and it was good to hear Keith's version
of it :)
13th track, "Acadian Soul Two-Step", great tune
with wonderful rifts of melody.
only complaint is the loudness and vocals could have been
recorded a little better to stand out but all-in-all Keith
& the band did a great job as usual.
and the Zydeco Hot Boyz. (4 out of 5 gators)
Jeremy is young, and he is good ! Put this CD on your Buy
list if your a Zydeco lover. He is still in his teens but
managed to put together some very good Zydeco tracks to
share with us.
vocals are still in training but thats ok because he is
able to put together and keep the energy of the music
going very well.
his lyrics including "If ya can't Zydeco do what
ya know".. this tune is a nice invitation to newcomers
to the music that don't know the dance yet, they can still
join in the fun.
Thomas's, Somebody's Lookin' For Ya (4 out of 5 gators)
times I have experienced performers who were awesome live
but when I listened to their CD it didn't capture some
of that same energy. Leroy's latest CD Somebody's Lookin'
For Ya wasn't recorded live at an event but does a great
job capturing his great energy of Zydeco rhythms. There
are several tracks from this CD that will make it into
the Zydeco CD dance mix's.
Of Leroy's other CD's, "Greatest Hits" and "Monkey
and the Baboon", I like this CD the best so far.
My only complaint is the price of $20 is a little high...
I know playing & traveling for a living isn't easy
but I don't pay $20 for Motzart, Elvis, Keith Frank or
anyone else so this is pushing it...
you like Leroy's rhythms and have some of his other CD's
or event if you don't have any of his CD's, I would put
this on your "buy" list.
For the most part the only CD's you will see on this list
are those that are recommended to buy. There are Many
CD's released that I have heard that I would still buy
because I am commited to supporting as many artists as
possible or sometimes I enjoy a Zydeco CD to listen to
more than I do to dance to it. The CD's listed above are
more recommended for "dance Zydeco"
At times I have also missed a tune or two that originally
I didn't think was good but later on got totally addicted
to it so just because a CD isn't listed above does not
mean it does no have some great energy !!