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I'm a Zydeco Hog [Live]

Nathan & The Zydeco Cha-ChasAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Grand Prix (What a Price I Had to Pay) 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Josephine ce pas ma femme 5:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Zydeco Hog 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Slow Horses and Fast Women 6:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Oh yie yie (Mon coeur fais mal) 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. El Sid O's Zydego Boogaloo 4:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Everything On the Hog 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Stomp Down Zydeco 5:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Why You Wanna Make Poor Cha Cha Cry? 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. You Got Me Baby Now You Don't 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000000315
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

There have always been two camps in the zydeco world of South Louisiana. The "song" camp takes its cue from Clifton Chenier, who used his big piano accordion and broad harmonic palette to develop distinct songs. The "riff" camp draws its lessons from Boozoo Chavis, who uses his small button accordion and hypnotic two-bar themes to create hypnotic dance rhythms. The differences are analogous to those between, say, T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters, or Sam Cooke and James Brown. The "riff" school has dominated the Gulf Coast dance halls in recent years, but the "song" school still thrives in the music of C.J. Chenier (Clifton's son) and Nathan Williams. This album from Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, I'm a Zydeco Hog, includes two Clifton Chenier compositions and 11 Williams originals in the same style and with the same high standards.

The album was recorded live at the Rock'n'Bowl, a second-floor bowling alley above a giant Thrift City in the Mid-City section of New Orleans. The bowling goes on while Louisiana's best bands play at one end of the broad walkway. Usually it's so quiet you can hear a pin drop. The combination of balls rolling down the lanes, musicians scraping rubboards and squeezing accordions, and dancers making the old wooden floors bend creates a dizzying atmosphere that is peculiarly Louisianan.

Producer Scott Billington has captured that fizzy excitement on this joyful recording, which is the best possible introduction to Williams's music. Two of the most infectious numbers, "Zydeco Hog" and "Everything on the Hog," are variations on Chenier's classic "I'm a Hog for You" and a reflection of the music's rural roots. Several songs are sung in the ancient Creole dialect, and several more are interrupted by Williams's shouts of encouragement to the dancers. When they respond in kind, the energy level of the music seems to rise another notch. --Geoffrey Himes

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Nathan Williams and The Zydeco Cha Chas are probably one of Lousiana's most underated Zydeco performers. For more than a dozen years this act has been churning out high energy zydeco music laced with the blues, reggae, classic creole and just plain and simple rock 'n' roll. "I'm a Zydeco Hog" recorded live at New Orleans' Mid City Lanes "Rock'n'Bowl" in 1997 is one of the best live Zydeco recordings I've recently heard. The late Beau Jocque Live! was good. Keith Frank Live! is fine too. But Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas Live! is an experience. This CD captures all the excitement that was in the air during this exceptional "Rock'n'Bowl" performance. There are classic Zydeco sounds here too, including "Zydeco Hog", "Why You Wanna Make Poor Cha Cha Cry?", and the hard driving "El Sid O's Zydeco Boogaloo." Everytime Nathan Williams shouts "Etwal" (The stars are surely shining tonight) you know something special is about to happen. Close your eyes on this one and you're transported right onto the dance floor of the Mid City Lanes with all the excitement that is Nathan Live! Once you pick this one up, your gonna want more from this premier party band. So go ahead and explore two other Nathan CDs: "Steady Rock" and "Your Mama Don't Know." But first, "take your shoes off" and dance to the sounds of Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas Live at the "Rock'n'Bowl."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good! July 14, 2010
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Every song is excellent. I played this cd over and over and over, after it first came out. Recently picked it up again and love it as much as ever. Definitely my favorite zydeco cd (and I have about 100 zydeco cds). One of the best bands to see live too. This cd captures how Nathan and his band make a dance into a party when they perform. Crazy good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done Nathan! February 25, 2009
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This is a great venue in NO and so is this show. The recording quality could be better. That's my only complaint.
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