Follow Me Chicken

Follow Me Chicken

by Nathan & the Zydeco Cha ChasNathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas


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A rich product of the Creole-American culture in Louisiana, singer/accordion player Nathan Williams and his band the Zydeco Cha Chas became one of the most popular zydeco dance bands of the late 1980s and early- to late-'90s. Follow Me Chicken points to the fact that while Williams is very much an admirer of the great Clifton Chenier, he's also a fine artist in his own right. This CD is full of surprises -- in addition to providing sweaty originals like "Hey Maman" and "Tout Partout Mon Passe," Chicken finds Williams interpreting bluesman Z.Z. Hill's "I Need Someone to Love Me" and translating Stevie Wonder's 1977 hit "Isn't She Lovely" into French Creole. Another high point of the risk-taking album is "Mama's Tired," which combines zydeco with both ska and '60s-type soul. And African influences are incorporated on "Zydeco Road" and "Zydeco Is Alright," both of which employ guest Kenyatta Simon on the djembe (a West African instrument). Follow Me Chicken is a disc that zydeco enthusiasts should make a point of obtaining.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/1993
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661212220
catalogNumber: 612122
Rank: 150525

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas   Primary Artist
Johnny Batiste   Drums
James Benoit   Guitar
Scott Billington   Harmonica,Background Vocals
Allen Broussard   Alto Saxophone,Background Vocals
Bob Matthews   Bass
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kenyatta Simon   Djembe
Dennis Paul Williams   Guitar,Triangle,Background Vocals
Nathan Williams   Accordion,Vocals
Mark "Chuckie" Williams   Background Vocals,Washboard,Rub,Rubboard

Technical Credits

Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes
David Farrell   Engineer
Rick Olivier   Photo Tinting
Dennis Paul Williams   Paintings

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