Fernest Arceneaux

Zydeco Blues Party

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ZYDECO BLUES PARTY, Fernest Arceneaux's first widely distributed release, reveals how much Arceneaux's style has been influenced by Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco. This is hard, bluesy zydeco, what Stanley Dural of Buckwheat Zydeco called "zydeco with an African trim." The recording also demonstrates why Arceneaux has been appreciated in Southwest Louisiana as a master accordionist for so long.

The band's version of "Jolie Blonde," the virtual Cajun national anthem, is a hot one. Rockin' Dopsie Jr.'s frottoir (rub board) playing gives drive and character to the rhythm section. Hopefully, this marvelous disk will let everyone outside of Louisiana know that this band ranks with the very best zydeco ensembles. This is music for dancing!

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