Sunday, May 04, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
Artist:Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
Album:Zydeco:The Essential Collection
This Rounder various artists comp is an excellent introduction to the wonderful sound of Louisiana Zydeco music. He's not on this CD but Clifton Chenier was THE pioneer of zydeco. Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas are firmly set in Chenier's tradition. Nathan Williams was born Mar. 24, 1963 in St. Martinville, LA. His father died when he was seven and Nathan grew up admiring his uncle Harry Hypolite. He played guitar for zydeco legend Clifton Chenier. Nathan moved to Lafayette to live with his brother Sid and started practicing the accordion. He got the attention of Buckwheat Zydeco leader Stanley Dural and when Buckwheat Zydeco left Rounder Records for Island, Dural recommended Williams and Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas have been recording for Rounder since 1989. Outside People is from the 1991 CD Your Mama Don't Know. His most recent CD Hang It High, Hang It Low was released in 2006. This various artists comp features Boozoo Chavis, Buckwheat Zydeco and several other great groups and is worth checking out if you want to know more about zydeco. Here's Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas performing at Harrahs Casino in New Orleans May 3, 2008. Yeah, last night. I love Youtube.