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French-speaking residents of southwestern Louisiana created a new genre of dancehall music in the years following WW II. Mixing Cajun rhythms with amplified instrumentation, they replaced the traditional box accordion with the full-bodied, piano-key model and introduced some upfront percussion with the froittor, a rippled-metal rubboard played with spoons and made to be worn across the chest. Toss in some African-American jukebox rhythm and - voila! - Louisiana Zydeco was born.

Designed to re-create the ambiance and pacing of a live Zydeco set at a rural dance hall, the set list for My Big-Foot Woman contains mostly originals - heart-pumping dance romps mixed with soulful Zydeco blues and graceful country waltzes - along with a few familiar favorites, like the uptempo “C.C. Rider,” a two-step “Hound Dog,” and even a Zydeco take on the 1970s hit “Disco Lady.”

The band’s leader and driving force is Clarence "Jockey" Etienne, a former studio drummer for Excello Records, the legendary “swamp blues” label that recorded Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, and many others. His partner in rhythm is bassist Charles Goodman, a veteran of the band that played behind the original “King of Zydeco,” Clifton Chenier. Up front are a pair of multi-talented musicians, Warren Prejean and Morris Francis, who alternate on accordion and lead vocals.

Combining down-home authenticity with first-class musicianship, My Big-Foot Woman proves beyond a shadow of a doubt why The Creole Zydeco Farmers have every right, on their MySpace page, to refer themselves as “The Hippest Old-School Band Around.”

 

 

WE DIDN’T FORGET ABOUT YOU

SIDE BY SIDE

C.C. RIDER

YOU KNOW THAT I LOVE YOU

YOU JUST CAN’T KEEP STILL

MY BIG FOOT WOMAN

LET IT RUN

MARY LEE

HOUND DOG

SHETLAND PONY

ZYDECO WOMAN

WOODPECKER SONG

HOUND DOG (Bonus Track Version)

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