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Hard-charging riffs, bluesy shouts in the vocals and a rhythm section that makes two-steps into ratcheting rock.
—New York Times
Attending a C. J. Chenier show is a transformative experience. You may come in tired and beat up just from living in this world, but you will leave renewed and happy.
Clayton Joseph Chenier is Creole music royalty. His father, the legendary Clifton Chenier, created the style of music now known as zydeco and was the first Creole musician to receive a Grammy Award on national television. Having been raised in this unique American culture, with its distinctive language, cuisine, and music, Chenier delivers soulful vocals along with jaw-dropping, masterful accordion-driven rock, zydeco, and blues.
Paul Simon handpicked Chenier to play on his 1990 album The Rhythm of the Saints and for his Born at the Right Time Tour. Chenier has also played with John Mayall, the Gin Blossoms, Ray Parker Jr., Joe Sample, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, and Buckwheat Zydeco. He has performed at music festivals around the world and is a consistent crowd pleaser at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Since inheriting leadership of his father’s group, the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Chenier has paid tribute to his father’s sound and expanded the zydeco tradition.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.
Producer’s Circle members Daniel Terpack & Anita Wallace