Having spent most of his adult life in South Louisiana, Cedric Watson has made a name for himself by continuing, and also expanding on Creole traditions that many in zydeco have forgotten. His first solo album, released ten years ago, proved this with fifteen tracks all sung in French. Produced by Joel Savoy, his 2008 self-titled release embodied this new Creole style that he had previously explored as a founding member of the Pine Leaf Boys.
The record kicks off with the hypnotic "Cochon de lait," a funky two-step driven by a cutting, minor-key fiddle line that he borrowed from Cajun music legend, Michael Doucet. This cut perfectly represents Watson's sound - familiar yet contemporary. The second track, "Tee Black," is another nod to one of Cedric's heroes, Boozoo Chavis. This bouncy accordion shuffle is the type of Zydeco one could've heard in country dives and dancehalls in the music's heyday. These two songs are the perfect introduction to this album and Watson's musical world.
I'm devoting this week's playlist to Cedric and this album in celebration of the 10th anniversary of his first release. I've also added tracks from some of his biggest influences, from the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier to Louisiana fiddle legend, Dennis McGee. You can see Cedric and his band at the Blue Moon Saloon this Friday night, October 5.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Wednesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Beach Boys
Heymann Performing Arts Center
Friday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Jourdan Thibodeaux and Motel Radio
Friday, October 5 at 10:00 p.m.
Blue Moon Saloon
Saturday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Latin Music Festival
Parc Sans Souci
Sunday, October 7 at 5:00 p.m.
The Boogie Kings with Ryan Foret
Rock n' Bowl