Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band (#1504)

Carrier and company provide pure Zydeco fun at the 2010 W. C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival in Henderson, KY.

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Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band are W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue favorites, and they show why in their 2010 festival performance, delivering pure Zydeco fun and making sure the audience gets in on the act.

Carrier’s roots in zydeco reach back to his father and grandfather, who both played this type of music native to southwest Louisiana. Carrier was eight years old when he first heard his father’s band practicing at their house. “I was floored by it, it seemed unbelievable,” Carrier says in an interview between sets. “For me as a kid to see that, it was an honor. I wanted to know more about it.”

Carrier’s father and grandfather were accordion players, and he followed in that family tradition. Carrier points out that some people get zydeco and Cajun music confused: zydeco contains more blues, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel; Cajun is more folk, waltz and two-step. “The fiddle is big in Cajun music,” Carrier says. “The life of the party in zydeco is the accordion and the washboard.”

In this energetic 2010 performance in Henderson, band members get out into the exuberant crowd. During “Who Stole The Hot Sauce?” a band member walks through the audience, putting a drop of hot sauce on the tongue of anyone who wants it while Carrier sings, “Who stole my hot sauce? When I catch that crook, he’s gonna drink every drop he took.”

Audience members also join the band onstage to dance, sing, and play instruments.

“They’re invited to play in the band, and they’re invited to sing along,” Carrier says, speaking of his audience. “We put on a show.”

The Bayou Swamp Band is comprised of Carrier on accordion and vocals; Randy Ellis on guitar; Earl Sally on rubboard; Randy Kelly on bass guitar; and Greg Casmier on drums.

This program was recorded at: 2010 W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival