Texas Zydeco, In Five Indelible Images

One of Rocks Off's main resolutions most years is to both see more zydeco and write about it more often. Unfortunately, we don't get out to the country as often as we should, and no one ever seems to want to give us a ride to Jax Grill on Friday evenings. We have to remind ourselves to check the excellent Zydeco Events Web site from time to time, too.

Ironically for about the only kind of music not represented at Summer Fest this weekend, zydeco is the one genre Houston can lay the most claim to. When the Creoles of Southeast Texas and Southwestern Louisiana moved to the Bayou City for work in the first half of the last century, they brought their lively, accordion-fueled dance music with them, and roughed it up with the blues and R&B pumping out of Third Ward and Fifth Ward juke joints - making Houston's relationship with zydeco analagous to Chicago's with the blues.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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