Cowboys Nightclub on Ambassador Caffery can be described as a South Louisiana version of Mickey’s, the famous dancehall immortalized in the classic cult film Urban Cowboy. The area’s biggest names in modern Cajun, down-home zydeco, and barroom country have kept the concert venue open for nearly 40 years. This week I’m featuring two artists who are now staples at Cowboys and will be performing Friday and Saturday night.
Wayne Singleton and his band Same Ole Two Step have been one of the most promising new bands to emerge in the Creole music scene in recent years. While priding themselves as torchbearers of the St. Landry Parish zydeco tradition, Singleton still isn’t afraid to throw in a pop cover every now and then. His debut album Built Creole Tough has been in heavy rotation on both KBON 101.1 FM and Herman Fuselier’s Zydeco Stomp radio show.
Guitar slinger and crooner Dustin Sonnier and his band The Wanted have been Acadiana’s top country band for the last decade. With a string of local hits and packed festival performances, it’s a wonder how Sonnier hasn’t broken into the mainstream. Perhaps it’s his dedication to the classic 60s and 70s honky-tonk sound similar to Merle Haggard or Hank Williams Jr. You won’t hear any rapping or auto-tune effects in his approach, just rockin' two-steps and George Jones styled ballads.
You’ll hear several tracks from both Wayne Singleton and Dustin Sonnier in this week’s playlist. Singleton’s accordion-driven cover of Lionel Richie’s “On My Way” retitled “Stuck On You” and the title track to Built Creole Toughare both included in the mix. Also featured is Sonnier’s KBON hit “Whiskey Makes Me Miss Her” and his latest single “Between the Stones & Jones”. I threw in a couple from Dash Rip Rock and songs from other artists that have inspired Daniel Coolik’s Congolese tribute Boma Bango and Gary Newman’s Haggard Bucks.