C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
The son of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier, C.J. Chenier inherited his dad's accordion as well as his band. He has built on his father's music, infusing traditional zydeco with a contemporary punch. Bayou beats are flavoured with funk and blues. He attacks the accordion with the tension and drive of James Brown, creating contemporary, turbo-charged dance music. Chenier is considered one of the best living singers and accordionists and the heir to the zydeco throne.
When zydeco superstar C.J. Chenier stepped onto the main stage at the 2001 Chicago Blues Festival and looked over the crowd of 60,000 eager fans, he had one thing in mind: get them on their feet and make them dance. Almost immediately after launching into their first song, C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band had people young and old shaking their hips and cheering in unison. With a solo career dating back to 1987 and five previous albums under his belt, C.J. Chenier is widely and wildly regarded as one of the genre's best singers, musicians, and live performers. According to THE BOSTON GLOBE, "C.J. Chenier attacks the accordion with the tension and drive of James Brown "creating contemporary , turbo-charged dance music." LIVING BLUES magazine named C.J. Chenier "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist," and BILLBOARD called him "the heir to the zydeco throne."