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What Do Accordions and Snap Beans Have in Common? — Zydeco Storytellers, Episode 4 [VIDEO]

The word “Zydeco” only goes back 50 years or so, but the roots of the music are ancient.  How can one style of music have roots in Germany, France, Italy, the Caribbean and America all at the same time?  Chubby Carrier explains.

Zydeco’s like any other art form — it didn’t just pop out of thin air.  It’s built on centuries of tradition while at the same time constantly evolving with each generation.  Today’s Zydeco isn’t all that different what Clifton Chenier popularized in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, but at the same time, it’s light-years different.  And that’s what makes it so beautiful — a combination of old and new.  Find out why the accordion is so important to Zydeco, and find out how the modern version of the music grew out of a handful of snap beans.

Enjoy part four of Chubby Carrier’s “Zydeco Storytellers!”


This series is taken from a live concert at 107 JAMZ’s studios on Dec. 7, 2012.  Joining Chubby are percussionist Earl Sally and guitarist Randy Ellis of the Bayou Swamp Band.

Episode 1:  “Blue Runner”
Episode 2:  “I Saw My Woman Doin’ the Zydeco With Another Man”
Episode 3:  “Zydeco at the Grammy Awards”
Episode 4:  “From Melodeons to Accordions to Snap Beans”
Episode 5:  “I Thought Thunder Was Happening”
Episode 6:  “Be Who You Is…:”

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