Ever since Clifton Chenier
generated his Creole sound of accordion-and-saxophone rhythm & blues, southwest Louisiana has been swamped with hard-working road warriors who have continued to modernize the sound and keep the roadhouses and bars of the bayous jumping. Accordionist Nathan Williams has become one of the hardest working of these musicians, and Let's Go!
continues his path from zydeco to rock & roll. The band is down to one original Cha Cha (Mark Anthony Williams on the rub board), and the focus on electric guitar licks and a bass-and-drums rhythm section pushes the group farther to the center of the swamp-pop scene, but this is still rousing good-time music, with Williams's heartfelt vocals telling the great stories common to most pop music: wine, "little girls," busy or lonely Saturday nights, heartbreak, and hard work. No pretensions, just good-rockin' good times. --Louis Gibson