The Radiators

In 1978, five New Orleans musicians got together for a jam session and, as has been known to happen in that city, have been jamming ever since. But not for much longer, as Radiators lead vocalist and principal songwriter Zeke Volker has decided he's had enough touring and is hanging it up after a pair of hometown shows in June. Known for their funky swamp-rock originals, faithful covers of early rock and roll and R&B classics (Elvis, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Howlin' Wolf) and encyclopedic knowledge of New Orleans music, the Radiators have racked up some impressive numbers over those 33 years: more than a dozen albums — 2008's two-disc Wild & Free, released on the band's Radz Records, would make a good summary or starting point — 4,500 shows, and more than 25 years as the closing act at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's a little hard to speculate what their Houston equivalent might be (maybe Banana Blender Surprise, if they were still around), but our two cities aren't so far apart that even those showing up to see the Radiators for the first, and probably last, time wouldn't be able to properly groove on their steamy bayou vibe.
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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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