Arriving late to zydeco after beginning his career playing top 40, multi-instrumentalist C.J. Chenier nonetheless managed to serve an apprenticeship with his father, zydeco king Clifton Chenier, picking up accordion and enough of the rudiments to seamlessly take over the Red Hot Louisiana Band after Clifton's death. Although zydeco tradition—synonymous with his father's sound—remains the core of C.J.'s music, he has consistently pushed its boundaries, adding measured doses of jazz, rock, and pop, or emphasizing key zydeco components like funk and R&B. And of course there are the blues, which permeate... More >>>