The piano accordion isn't often heard in contemporary creole music. Button boxes seem to dominate the nouveau zydeco sound, but Curley Taylor is one exception. Taylor and his band Zydeco Trouble stand out in the Gulf Coast scene with their unique r&b, reggae, and hip-hop infused sound.
The South Louisiana veteran musician hasn't seemed to stop in his nearly 30-year long career. His 2017 release Rise Up produced the local hit "Is This Love," a nouveau zydeco take on the Bob Marley classic. Not only respected in his genre for his singing and accordion skills, but also for his drumming. Curley spent many years behind the kit with some of our most celebrated artists including Geno Delafose, Steve Riley and Lil' Bob and the Lollipops. Taylor and his band play Cowboys Nightclub this Friday night.
For this week's playlist, I'm featuring Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. You'll hear the title track to his latest album Rise Up, the bilingual "Funky Beat & Zydeco Shoes", and the track that's his band's namesake from his 2003 album Country Boy. I added a few from Franco, the Congolese singer/songwriter who inspired the local supergroup Boma Bango featuring Daniel Coolik, Bill Smith, Trey Boudreaux, Glenn Fields, and Megan Brown. Also in the mix are tunes from the New Orleans-based, Givers-esq outfit Marina Orchestra, San Francisco's Caravan 222, and a couple from my band The Amazing Nuns.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Saturday, September 7 at 10:00 pm
The Amazing Nuns and Caravan 222 (San Francisco, CA)