Beau Jocque Boogie
Beau Jocque and The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
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Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers represent the genre's new school; hip-hop and rap are an element of their style, as well as blues and R&B. Beau Jocque's music has the requisite kick and edge, with his vocals and nonstop excitement spilling out through such songs as "Richard's Club" and "Beau Jocque Boogie." Where he may raise eyebrows is his embrace of sampling technology alongside standard instrumentation. Jocque also speaks fluent French and covers some traditional songs, but puts more emphasis on his own music. Released in 1993, this debut disc included nine originals out of 14 numbers, with Jocque providing arrangements of classic tunes like "Oh Bye Moreau" and "Chère Allen" and establishing this band as a prime challenger for honors as the top zydeco ensemble of the 1990s.
My introduction to zydeco
And it couldn't have been better. I caught Beau Jocque in a Louisiana dancehall (Richard's Club) as his career was on the rise, and I was blown away. He reached back for the traditional, pre-R&B zydeco, especially influenced by Boozoo Chavis, but also with a noticeable modern hip-hop influence (on other albums, he occasionally throws in some turntable scratching!). BJ died much too young, at the zenith of his career; if you want to understand what made him a brief but white-hot sensation in the Creole dancehalls, let this album kick you in the head.
If this album doesn't get you up and moving, check your pulse cause your dead. Uh huh.
I was lucky enough to catch Beau Jocque at the New Orleans JazzFest in the late 90's. Never had heard of zydeco before, and it was instant love. Had to get up and dance. Their music adds funk, heavy bass lines, and blues and energy to the traditional zydeco sound. Perfect for the dance hall - you'll never sit down.
Top Albums and Songs by Beau Jocque and The Zydeco Hi-Rollers
||Zydeco Boogie Woogie||Pick Up On This!||6:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Give Him Cornbread||Classics||4:56||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Hi-Rollers Theme / Low Rider||Pick Up On This!||7:40||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Give Him Cornbread||Git It, Beau Jocque||4:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Keep a Knockin'||Classics||4:27||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Give Him Cornbread||Beau Jocque Boogie||4:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Just One Kiss||Classics||4:41||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Beau's Mardi Gras||Rounder Heritage: Mardi Gras in New Orleans||3:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Beau Jocque Boogie||Classics||6:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Don't Tell Your Mama, Don't Tell Your Papa||Classics||2:13||$0.99||View In iTunes|