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Nathan & Zydeco Cha Chas

Nathan Williams is the leader of the Zydeco Cha Chas. His stylings on the piano accordion have made him one of the most-admired players in the zydeco scene, following in Clifton Chenier's and Buckwheat Zydeco's huge footsteps. Nathan Williams was the youngest of seven children and grew up in St. Martinville, LA. Times were hard for the Williams family and Nathan Williams lost his father when he was only seven years old. Williams grew up admiring his uncle, Harry Hypolite, who is best-known for his guitar work with Clifton Chenier. Later in life, Williams moved to Lafayette to live with his older brother, Sid Williams, and his wife. He worked in Sid's grocery store and began practicing on the accordion and practiced in the bathroom because he didn't want anyone to hear him play. With the aid of one of his friends, Buckwheat Zydeco, and steady hard work, it was not long before he was playing for people. Just five years after graduating from high school, he was recording 45s on his brother's El Sid indie record label. He got his lucky break when Buckwheat Zydeco left Rounder Records for Island Records, leaving Rounder in need of an accordion player to fill a slot on a project they had lined up. Buckwheat Zydeco suggested Nathan Williams for the spot and he auditioned and got the job. In the year 2000, Williams released his seventh album for Rounder Records, Let's Go! The Zydeco Cha Chas members include Dennis Paul Williams as guitarist, Allen "Cat Roy" Broussard on alto and tenor saxophones, Wayne Burns on bass, Mark Anthony Williams on rubboard, and Gerard St. Julien, Jr. on drums. Special guest artist on the 2000 release was tenor saxophonist Derek Huston and Scott Billington played harmonica and produced the album. With Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, fame and fortune take a back seat to the music they play. They want to bring zydeco and traditional Louisiana Cajun music to the attention of mainstream music listeners. They believe that the energy and up-tempo Louisiana music has been regionalized for far too long and is due for international and worldwide acclaim. As one listens to their music, it is easy to agree that the time has come for the world to be introduced to the best-kept secret in the music world. ~ Larry Belanger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hang It High Hang It Low

1. OId Man's Darling

2. Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

3. Don't Worry 'Bout The Mule

4. Your Love Lasts As Long As Your Money

5. My Zydeco

6. Do It Now

7. Time To Do My Thing

8. Hang It High, Hang It Low

9. Think About The Good Times

10. Zydeco Cha Cha

11. The Bluest Man

12. Zydeco Train

13. I Was Born At Night (But Not Last Night)

14. So Glad You're Mine

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Track List: Let's Go

1. Let's Go

2. Too Much Wine

3. Put A Hump In Your Back

4. Zydeco Rumble

5. Everything Happens For The Best

6. Hard Times

7. Zydeco Is All I Know

8. Cricket Leg Zydeco

9. Can't Get Nothin' Sucka

10. El Sid O's Party

11. You Don't Love Me No More

12. Stay Out All Night

13. Oh Mom

14. Le Bon Manger

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Track List: Creole Crossroads

1. Zydeco Hog

2. Black Gal

3. La Nuit De Clifton Chenier

4. I Wanna Be Your Chauffeur

5. Hey Yie Yie

6. Everybody Got To Cry

7. Hard To Love Someone

8. Festival Zydeco

9. Black Snake Blues

10. Ma Femme Nancy

11. Alligator

12. Jolie Noir

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Track List: Follow Me Chicken

1. Follow Me Chicken

2. Mama's Tired

3. Hey Maman

4. Elle Est Jolie (Isn't She Lovely)

5. Zydeco Road

6. I'm In Love

7. One Track Mind

8. Ma Pauvre Maman

9. Tout Partout Mon Passe

10. Zydeco Is Alright

11. Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me

12. I Need Someone (To Love Me)

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Track List: Your Mama Don't Know

1. Outside People

2. Ain't Gonna Cry No More

3. Slow Horses And Fast Women

4. Your Mama Don't Know

5. Mardi Gras Zydeco

6. Keep On Running

7. Life Must Go On

8. Don't Burn No Bridge

9. Everybody Gotta Start Somewhere

10. You Got Me Baby Now You Don't

11. In The Same Old Way

12. El Sid O's Zydeco Boogaloo

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Track List: Steady Rock

1. If You Got A Problem

2. Steady Rock

3. Everything On The Hog

4. You Got Me Walkin' The Floor

5. Big Fat Mama

6. Tonight's The Night

7. I Don't Know Why I'm So Crazy About You

8. Ain't Nobody Gonna Help You

9. I'm Back

10. Zydeco Joe

11. Hey Bebe

12. Why Can't I (Get Over You)

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Track List: I'm A Zydeco Hog

1. Tante Rosa

2. Hey Bebe

3. Grand Prix (What A Price I Had To Pay)

4. Tout Partout

5. Josephine Ce Pas Ma Femme

6. Zydeco Hog

7. Slow Horses And Fast Women

8. Oh Yie Yie (Mon Coeur Fais Mal)

9. El Sid O's Zydeco Boogaloo

10. Everything On The Hog

11. Stomp Down Zydeco

12. Why You Wanna Make Poor Cha Cha Cry?

13. You Got Me Baby Now You Don't

14. Zydeco Road

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Gumbo!!!!
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This is the way to play the Accordion love it love it love it. Just where is the Beer.
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Tres Bon!
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Where the pot gombo time
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grandpagard
We first heard Zydeco when we went to the Lions Internationa l Conference in New Orleans back in the 1980's - they were playing various Cajun bands as we ate our cafeteria-st y l e lunch of local delicacies. What a blesssing to find this contagious music making it's way into popular genre !!!!
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Remember him from back in the day when he use to play at BooZoo zydeco festival in DogHill
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i cant find any of lil nathan's music on here. can u please point me into the right direction. so luv that bass in my face.
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jveals0
I am a born and raised cajun girl, this music reminds me of home.. I currently live in AL and it is nice to listen to some good ole cajun music!
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josh58946
Saw them perform in a little dive bar in Durham, N.C., the other day. Got to chat with Nathan and he is a world class guy. And he can play the hell out of that accordion.
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This old cajun likes this
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so cool
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Amazing show at Lowell Folk Festival this weekend. What a great band!

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