[143] Buckwheat Zydeco – Buckwheat’s Zydeco Party

8 Jan

The instrumentation and flavor of the Cajun southwest paired with the structure and musicality of classic blues makes for a fun and fiery ride.


It is impossible to hear these sounds and not sway and tap, bob and weave.  It’s damn near impossible not to sing along even on first hearing of a song (each with its own “first line of the blues is always sung a second time” adherence).

The second time through the album, and I’m stuck with earworms for weeks!

The crazy whirl of sounds may be the first thing that a listener notices, but it is the melodies – simple, memorable, magical – which star throughout.  They are so immediately familiar that it is utterly disconcerting when the band flies into a genuine cover – a drum driven, high octane rendition of Tutti Frutti.  It is a shock to realize that everything else has been a new discovery, not in fact a long forgotten favorite.

Both band and music are feisty and energetic, party fare for a decidedly offbeat party.  But I have long thrown parties which, thanks to “Weird” Al Yankovic, included people dancing hard to the accordion, so perhaps the leap was not so great for me as it might be for others.

It is a leap I heartily recommend!

Next Week:  Buffalo Springfield – Retrospective

Owned before blogging? No.  (12 of 143 = 8%)
Heard before blogging? No.  (20 of 143 = 14%)
Recommend? Yes. (118 of 143 = 83%)

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