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I'm a Zydeco Hog

By: Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Cha's

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1   Tante Rosa Buy Buy
2   Hey Bebe Buy Buy
3   Grand Prix (What a Price I Had to Pay) Buy Buy
4   Tout Partout Buy Buy
5   Josephine ce pas ma femme Buy Buy
6   Zydeco Hog Buy Buy
7   Slow Horses and Fast Women Buy Buy
8   Oh yie yie (Mon coeur fais mal) Buy Buy
9   El Sid O's Zydego Boogaloo Buy Buy
10   Everything On the Hog Buy Buy
11   Stomp Down Zydeco Buy Buy
12   Why You Wanna Make Poor Cha Cha Cry? Buy Buy
13   You Got Me Baby Now You Don't Buy Buy
14   Zydeco Road Buy Buy

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Genre: Cajun & Zydeco
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 12-AUG-1997

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There have always been two camps in the zydeco world of South Louisiana. The "song" camp takes its cue from Clifton Chenier, who used his big piano accordion and broad harmonic palette to develop distinct songs. The "riff" camp draws its lessons from Boozoo Chavis, who uses his small button accordion and hypnotic two-bar themes to create hypnotic dance rhythms. The differences are analogous to those between, say, T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters, or Sam Cooke and James Brown. The "riff" school has dominated the Gulf Coast dance halls in recent years, but the "song" school still thrives in the music of C.J. Chenier (Clifton's son) and Nathan Williams. This album from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, I'm a Zydeco Hog, includes two Clifton Chenier compositions and 11 Williams originals in the same style and with the same high standards.

The album was recorded live at the Rock'n'Bowl, a second-floor bowling alley above a giant Thrift City in the Mid-City section of New Orleans. The bowling goes on while Louisiana's best bands play at one end of the broad walkway. Usually it's so quiet you can hear a pin drop. The combination of balls rolling down the lanes, musicians scraping rubboards and squeezing accordions, and dancers making the old wooden floors bend creates a dizzying atmosphere that is peculiarly Louisianan.

Producer Scott Billington has captured that fizzy excitement on this joyful recording, which is the best possible introduction to Williams's music. Two of the most infectious numbers, "Zydeco Hog" and "Everything on the Hog," are variations on Chenier's classic "I'm a Hog for You" and a reflection of the music's rural roots. Several songs are sung in the ancient Creole dialect, and several more are interrupted by Williams's shouts of encouragement to the dancers. When they respond in kind, the energy level of the music seems to rise another notch. --Geoffrey Himes

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