Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco

Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco



A couple years after its compilation project matching rock and country singers with Cajun material and musicians (Evangeline Made), Vanguard Records applied the same concept to Creole and zydeco with Creole Bred. (In fact the same producer, Cajun music performer and scholar Ann Savoy, oversaw both records.) Although a few of these tracks are indeed performed by Creole/zydeco artists, for the most part they accompany artists from outside the genre on Creole/zydeco songs. The unlikely headliners include Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal, Tom Tom Club, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Michelle Shocked; Mahal and Lauper, in fact, do two songs apiece. Like Evangeline Made, it's a respectful and respectable mating of the traditional with the modern, though it doesn't catch fire and won't be rated among the highlights of the careers of either the zydeco or non-zydeco musicians. The presence of Lauper in particular on this disc might sound alarm bells for purists, but actually, her high voice suits her tracks reasonably well, and she doesn't try to showboat on them. The mix of performers helps ensure more variety than you'll come across on many zydeco records, from stompers to Sweet Honey in the Rock's a cappella ballad "Mon Homme Est Pas 'Rive"; Tom Tom Club's "Only the Strong Survive" boasts the funkiest modern rhythm section on the disc, to no one's surprise.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/11/2004
Label: Vanguard Records
UPC: 0015707974127
catalogNumber: 79741

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taj Mahal   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Doucet   Fiddle,Cajun Fiddle
Darol Anger   Fiddle
Cyndi Lauper   Vocals
Michelle Shocked   Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Vocals,Musician
Ysaye Barnwell   Vocals,Musician
Robert Leblanc   Bass
Nitanju Bolade Casel   Vocals,Musician
Harold Brown   Drums
Chuck Bush   Bass,Guitar
Geno Delafose   Accordion,Drums
Chris Frantz   Drums
David Hidalgo   Drums,Vocals
Germaine Jack   Drums
Aisha Kahlil   Vocals,Musician
Carol Maillard   Vocals,Musician
Steve Nash   Rubboard
Edward Poullard   Fiddle
Charley Taylor   Accordion,Drums,Vocals
Neil Thomas   Rubboard
Tina Weymouth   Bass,Vocals
Dennis Paul Williams   Guitar
Nathan Williams   Accordion,Vocals
Phillip Campbell   Guitar
Darick Campbell   Lap Steel Guitar
Mark Anthony Williams   Rubboard
Renard Boissiere   Guitar
Mystic Bowie   Vocals
André Thierry   Accordion

Technical Credits

Clifton Chenier   Composer
Canray Fontenot   Composer
Ysaye Barnwell   Arranger,Producer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Geno Delafose   Art Direction
Keith Frank   Composer,Art Direction
Chris Frantz   Producer
Edward Poullard   Art Direction
David Rachou   Engineer
Jim Robeson   Engineer
Ann Savoy   Producer,Executive Producer
Tina Weymouth   Producer
Bill Whitman   Engineer
Nathan Williams   Art Direction
Rosie Ledet   Art Direction
Sean Ardoin   Art Direction
Georgette Cartwright   Art Direction,Creative Services Coordinator
Douglas Bellard   Composer
Gerald Foreman   Composer
Ben Mumphrey   Engineer
Zydeco Cha-Chas   Art Direction
Ann Smalley   Art Direction
Randy Funke   Engineer
Phil Geigor   Engineer
Jody Sappington   Engineer
André Thierry   Art Direction
Curley Taylor   Art Direction

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