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  • The Best of Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers [Rounder, 2001] C+

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The Best of Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers [Rounder, 2001]
I won't deny Buckwheat Zydeco's blunt punch or Boozoo Chavis's toothless charm. But tell me this squeezeboxing party animal "invented the contemporary zydeco sound" and I'm on the next bus to Biloxi. How do you play the guitar rhythms of "Tighten Up" on accordion? Approximately, but not so's anyone content with such clueless covers of "Boogie Chillun" and, Lord help us, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is oing to mind. I'll grant you "Cisco Kid" if you'll admit you have trouble remembering anything self-penned beyond "Give Him Cornbread." What sad things have happened to a mythicized Louisiana working for the Yankee dollar. I've heard less touristic music in a hotel lobby in Abidjan. C+