CURLEY TAYLOR and ZYDECO TROUBLE
Don't miss the high energy Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble appearing at the Rockfish Grill 8:00 PM Thursday, June 12. Cover is $8 @ the door.
Curley Taylor was born and raised in Louisiana and has been around music all of his life. At the age of 16 Curley started playing drums in his father's band, Jude Taylor & His Burning Flames, which is deep in Louisiana Blues, Soul and Zydeco.
By the age of 25, Curley had played drums for some of Louisiana's finest legends. It was during a tour with the great CJ Chenier that he first took up the accordion and soon after began extensive touring with Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie.
Alexandria News Weekly, April 14, 2005, C.J. Bell, "The Way "I" See it" :
A young lady asked me recently, "Is Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble Band as great as I've heard they are?"
I replied with matchless enthusiam, "They are greater."
Some describe Curley Taylor as a rising star, but to be candid, he is a star that has already risen. His incomparable talent as a musician is a rarity. Taylor's "skill and will" to succeed is unbelievable to those who don't know him. If the elevator to success would break down, Taylor would take the stairs.
The Daily Advertiser, March 26, 2004, Jonas Breaux, "Moving out front":
"Curley's got it in his blood," Paul "Lil Buck" Sinegal said. "He's got a music mind ... he listens to things and practices until he gets it right." It's not just Taylor's sense and feel for music that has taken his brand of Zydeco to another level. His vocals are bluesy, full and recognizable.
("Lil Buck" Sinegal played guitar in Chenier's Red Hot Louisiana Band.)
The Times of Acadiana, January 28, 2004, Herman Fuselier, "A Change Is Coming"
Taylor may be the freshest Zydeco act to come along since Beau Jocque. "Country Boy," his debut CD from last year, contains all originals, except for a remake of Sam Cooke's "Another Saturday Night."
Instead of the usual Zydeco hollers, one-liners and nursery rhymes about dogs, donkeys, goats, and chickens, Taylor's lyrics tell stories and make sense. The tunes have a contemporary R&B and blues edge that can be enjoyed by someone two-stepping in Carencro or cruising along the Golden Gate Bridge.
I'm not alone in my excitement about Zydeco Trouble. In an online review of "Country Boy," Texas Fred Carter of WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington, D.C. wrote, "This is a powerful effort, but as the son of Zydeco great Jude Taylor I'd expect no less. The singing is good, lyrics have meaning, good melody and the band is tight! His sound is fresh and invigorating."
Blues & Soul Records, Japanese bi-monthly magazine, December 25, 2003, Skunk Chikano
The "Country Boy" album was introduced among many other albums in the magazine's CD Issue Review corner. It was featured as the best Zydeco new-recording album in recent years, with a near perfect scoring (4.5 out of 5).
Faith & Soul News Magazine, Chantelle Bernard Johnson, "Curley Taylor: Country Boy or the P-Diddy of Zydeco?"
Like his "edgy" Zydeco/R&B musical style, 33 year old Taylor is setting a trend with the mainstream Zydeco audience today as a business man. He has already established his own signature line of Curley Taylor shirts, featuring a poised country boy, clad in baggy pants, cap, covered face, with an accordion in hand. "I'm trying to catch people who never really listened to Zydeco before...that thought it was just chanky-chank and old people's music."