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- Released: February 26, 2007
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Wounded Bird
Rolling Stone - 8/21/914 Stars - Excellent "...pick of the litter (of Explorer series)...definitive performance from one of the few remaining links to the original roots of zydeco..."
- 1.Boozoo's Theme Song
- 2.I'm Ready Me
- 3.Dog Hill
- 4.Keep Your Dress Tail Down
- 5.Johnnie Billy Goat
- 7.Goin' To La Maison
- 8.Forty One Days
- 9.Oh Yae Yae
- 10.Tee Black
- 11.Zydeco Hee Haw
- 12.Don't Worry About Boozoo
Personnel: Boozoo Chavis (vocals, accordion); Poncho Chavis, Leona Chavis (vocals); Guitar Thomas, Nathaniel Fontenot (guitar); Classie Ballou, Jr. (bass); Rellis Chavis (drums); Charles Chavis (rubboard).
Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana in August 1990. Includes liner notes by Ben Sandmel.
This is part of THE AMERICAN EXPLORER Series.
Meat and potatoes zydeco, and infectious as can be, from one of the genre's pioneers. Most of the songs here are up-tempo shuffles, making it perfectly clear that this is party music at heart, but there's more variety than you'd expect. "Keep Your Dress Tail Down," for example, is a Cajun twelve-bar blues excursion, while "Gilton" and "Bernadette," which Chavis renders solo, are obviously out of an older French folk tradition. Chavis also gets off the amusingly self-referential "Don't Worry About Boozoo" ("'Cause you know he ain't no fool," we're informed) and the cherry on the top of all this is a nice live-sounding production job by NRBQ's Terry Adams.
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