Texas native Cedric Watson reconnected to his southwest Louisiana heritage in his teens, studying the roots of Creole and Cajun music. By his mid-20s he was fiddling, singing, and writing songs with the Pine Leaf Boys, young firebrand traditionalists who gave the music a kick of adrenalin and twisted those roots in innovative ways. At times, Watson's fiddle work and infectious grin uncannily suggested late fiddle icon Canray Fontenot. Subsequently mastering accordion and leading his own band, Bijou Creole, Watson specifically has focused on the tendrils of Creole music, which stretch through south Louisiana to the Caribbean and across the Atlantic. He's also kept things percolating with a progressive spirit that stirs up the roux in different ways. On the band's latest, Le Troubadour Creole, Watson sings and howls en français while his originals define the Creole experience with a melting pot of ancient reels, contredanse, zydeco, funk, swing, blues, and rhythms skittering from New Orleans to Jamaica and Africa, reinvigorating roots still growing in new directions.
Sun., March 9, 7 p.m., 2014