Lynn August (USA)

One of zydeco's most versatile performers, Lynn August spiked his native southwestern Louisiana sound with elements of pop, gospel and R&B. Born in Lafayette on August 7, 1948, the blind August was encouraged by his mother to pursue a career in music, and he was raised on a steady diet of zydeco, New Orleans rhythm and blues and swamp-pop. After learning to play drums on an old wash basin, at the age of 12 he was recruited to play percussion with the legendary Esquerita, who convinced him to also take up the piano; a few years later, August made the switch to the Hammond B-3 organ as well. During the mid-1960s, he played with a young Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural, later mounting a solo career as well as sitting in with a variety of local swamp-pop combos; he also led a big band, and even directed a church choir. In 1988, August turned to the accordion and began his zydeco career in earnest. 


Cajun Roosters (UK/D)


The Cajun Roosters are a five piece band with musician from UK, Belgium, France and Germany, specialising in the music of SW Louisiana, deep in the South of the USA. Formed eight years ago by some of the most respected musicians of this genre they quickly established a reputation as the band most likely to bring this music to a wider public. They have produced five award winning CDs. They were picked up by Mark Lamarr and invited to be in session on his BBC show for Radio 2 “Gods jukebox”. Previous to this UK based accordion player and vocalist Chris Hall was invited to record with the likes of Kate Bush and Bill Wyman and also recorded and appeared on TV with ex Beatle and rock god Sir Paul McCartney. Mark Lamarr said on his show “there should be revival of this music” ………. If any band are placed to ignite this revival it’s the Cajun Roosters” Over the last few years they have headlined major festivals all over Europe whilst at the same time collaborating with US musicians on recordings and tours.

In 2012 the band was invited to a worldmusic festival to Indonesia.



Brother Dege (USA)


All Tarantino fans will know Brother Dege: his song 'too old to die young' is part of the soundtrack for 'Django unchained'.

Brother Dege ("deej") a/k/a Dege Legg is one of the best-kept secrets in the Deep South: an award-winning writer, musician, journalist. Like Faulkner genetically spliced with Son House, Legg plays slide guitar in the old, haunted tradition of the blues greats, breathing new life into the revered Delta idiom. With the raw twang of his Dobro calling up ghosts of the past, he sings of his own experience growing up in the Deep South— roaming the playground of the swamplands.

Brother Dege's album Folk Songs of the American Longhair is a tour de force artwork that rages from barn burners to ancient Delta meditations to whirlwind slide-loop hurricances.  Recorded in a shed behind his house in Louisiana, Legg composed the ten original tunes in the slide-Delta tradition, painstakingly paying tribute to the old masters while tossing faux-retro, hillbilly hokum into the trend hopping dust bin that it belongs. Much like the field recordings of Alan Lomax, the album tunnels into the ancient mysteries of pre-war blues and its devil-obsessed masters. In a return to the crude basics, almost all of the tracks feature only one vocal, one slide guitar and one foot stomping. Folk Songs of the American Longhair could possibly be the Delta-slide, millennial reboot for generations to come. The journey continues...

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