Not only does Rosie Ledet stand out as a rare female zydeco bandleader and wielder of the genre's signature accordion, she's also one of its finest contemporary songwriters and best singers. Ledet's voice would be exceptional in any context, its smokey timbre working nuances particularly applicable to the blues, where she could more than hold her own in the company of Bonnie Raitt or Marcia Ball. She has a nice way with ballads. But things get really steamy when she cranks up her squeezebox, her band weighs in, and she dives into one of her wicked double-entendre workouts like "You Can Eat My Poussière" or sizzles through a cover of Labelle's "Lady Marmalade."
Sat., July 9, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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