Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet

Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet


Zydeco / Creole / Cajun / Blues


Not long ago, the future of Creole music looked bleak. Calvin Carriere, who had carried on the La-La music played by his father and uncle in the Lawtell Playboys, passed away. Danny Poulard, too, was gone. The African American French musical traditions of Southwest Louisiana, which underpin so much of what we now like to call "Cajun" and "Zydeco" music, seemed to be rapidly disappearing, lost in the din of the dancehall and the relentless boom of the electric bass. Salvation, though, often comes from strange places. In this case, it came from perhaps the strangest place of all: Texas.

Now residing in Parks, Corey "Lil Pop" Ledet originally hails from Houston, where the old music still runs strong in the families who left rural Louisiana for better work decades ago. Cedric Watson, who now lives in Lafayette, grew up in the rustic environs of Sealy, Texas. The sudden appearance of these two dynamic musicians has been a near religious experience for lovers of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco music. In Lil Pop's virtuoso piano key accordion playing, they hear echoes of Clifton Chenier's genius. When Cedric Watson breaks into a broad grin as he channels the old songs, the recall Canray Fontenot.

But this music is about more than individual people, and Cedric and Corey are not ghosts of a dead culture. Cedric and Corey look to the past, true, but they do so as a means of creating a meaningful musical present. When you listen to them, it will be easy to draw comparisons to the musical heroes of the past. Don't forget, though, to think about these young men captured here in there first strong flowering of their talent, changing and renewing the music every time they pick up and instrument.

Think of all that's yet to come.

-Joshua Clegg Caffery


"Goin' Down To Louisiana" (2006) Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet on Valcour Records

Cedric Watson:
"La Musique" (2006) Pine Leaf Boys on Arhoolie Records

Corey Ledet:
"3 Years 2 Late" (2003) Corey 'Lil Pop' Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Set List

Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet's repertoire span the entire history of Creole, Cajun, La-La and Zydeco. In a typical set you will hear bluesy Zydeco songs by Clifton Chenier like "Hungry Man Blues" and "Mama Told Papa." You will also be treated to more fiddle based songs like "Madame Faielle" by Bebe Carriere and "Canray's One Step" by Canray Fontenot. There is a good helping of John Delafose tunes such as "Broken Hearted" and "Richard Two-Step." "Let The Good Times Roll" will likely be played as well as a nice segment of waltzes. A typical gig would run about two hours or so. But with a seemingly endless repertoire of songs they could play all night.