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Album Review

This 1994 recording captures Chavis and his band, the Magic Sounds, in full cry in front of a hometown crowd in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One song runs into another and the groove stays constant throughout, as if Boozoo gains strength from the dancers. This is as real as zydeco gets, and a better modern-day representative would be hard to find. Put your dancing shoes on.

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Best Live Zydeco Recording You'll Find

Zydeco should really be seen live to appreciate it. Studio CD's are fine but not the same. It's hard to really find a good live CD. A friend from New Orleans who is the guru of Louisiana music turned me on to this saying it's the best live CD he's heard. He's right. Best part is he talks to the crowd. At point he says "there a caddy outside, you left your lights on" Classic. Buy it.


Born: October 23, 1930 in Lake Charles, LA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Boozoo Chavis (born Wilson Anthony Chavis) was one of the pioneers of zydeco, the Cajun and blues hybrid originating in southwest Louisiana. Although his self-composed 1954 single, "Paper in My Shoes," was the first zydeco hit, Chavis was distrustful of the music industry and refused to perform publicly or record again until 1984. In an interview featured in the 1990 book, The New Folk Music, Chavis explained, "I got gypped out of my record. I get frustrated, sometimes. I love to play, but, when...
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