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2007 CD: Nothin
Feels Like This
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Like This, Curley Taylor’s 2007 CD, features more
Curley Taylor originals that, as in the title cut, roll
along with a smooth zydeco groove. Other songs like
“Zydeco Cowboys” raise the dance tempo, and the opening
cut, “Fire!!!!” (“Girl You Got That Fire”), complete
with sirens, generates some real zydeco heat. In Boozoo
Chavis’ “Oh Yae Yae, I’m So Tired,”, Curley’s piano
accordion and an arrangement using background vocals
give us a very different version in which old school
meets new school.
The CD includes
covers of Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her” and
James Brown’s “A Man’s World.” In his own way with his
own voice and his own, rich arrangement that includes
horns and sax, Curley Taylor really channels the
intensity of the original James Brown version, adding
his own crying accordion that matches the raw passion of
his vocals. Like his father, Jude, Curley is a great
R&B singer who can reach down within himself and release
emotions that move audiences to their core. The 5-minute
cut is followed by an up-tempo remix .
on the CD are Errol Taylor on bass; Matthew Roberts on
rubboard; Eric Minix on drums; and Keith Clement on
keys and guitar. Other musicians appearing on the CD are
Selwyn Cooper, guitar; Kent August, guitar; D.C.
Dalcourt, guitar; Ricky Julien, horns.
The CD was
released by Louisiana Soul Records. For more
information, got to
www.curleytaylor.com, call 337-662-7225; or go to
Curley Taylor's MySpace Page.
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2006 CD: Free
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble
Curley Taylor continues to bring out the
crowds at dancehalls throughout the region with his own brand of
city-in-the-country zydeco: hot or mellow, fast or slow the
music is always in the groove, smooth and polished.
He wrote all of the songs on his 2006 CD,
including the title cut: "You Got to Free Your Mind," an
invitation to just let go and experience the music and be open
to one another. Especially appropriate for Louisiana in 2006 is
"This Song Is Dedicated to...," a tribute to everyone close to
us, to those we depend on like our soldiers overseas, and to the
people who suffered the devastation of the hurricanes. "Let Me
Be Your Creole Man" is one of several songs featuring some
especially nice female background vocals, supplied on the CD by
Cousin Glen and Bridgette Dugas. In "Blue Jeans," Curley merges
a Latin rhythm with his uptown zydeco sound.
Almost hidden within the CD package is a
second CD, Close to Midnight, which features four
romantic songs with seductive lyrics that definitely suggest a
The photos at left were taken at
the 2005 Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival and at the 2005
Original Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival in Plaisance.
|Go to the Official
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble Web Site for contact
information, a schedule, details about the band, and much more.
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble offer a fresh sound in Zydeco.
His first CD is titled Country Boy, but the band's sound is
as smooth as a big city boulevard. Taylor's fingers glide up and down the
piano accordion keyboard producing melodies that draw on R&B,
soul, and urban blues. His vocals and the band's harmonizing
also blend smoothly. The lyrics explore love, heartache, and
relationships, the words flowing along while also propelled by a
driving Zydeco beat. "Country boy, city thoughts," Taylor sings
in the title cut. Taylor manages to bring both worlds together,
"grooving in perfect harmony"–to quote from his song.
Taylor's achievement is based on wide experience that has taken
him far beyond his native Sunset, but that is where his roots are, in a
small town in St. Landry Parish. He
has been surrounded by music all his life. His father, Jude
Taylor, plays piano accordion with his band, the Burning
Flames. His uncle (on his mother's side) is the legendary blues
and zydeco guitarist Lil Buck Senegal, who played for 12 years
with Clifton Chenier.
"I like the
stories and the style of music in R&B, and the voices," Taylor explained to
Alain A. de la Villesbret in an article in the Opelousas Daily World. Citing
his admiration for his father's singing, he added, "When I hear him and
other people that good, I just have to sing."
Curley began playing drums in his father's
band when he was 16 and went on to work as a drummer with C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley,
John Hart and C.J. Chenier. The
Curley Taylor Official Web Site provides additional
details about how Curley learned to play accordion, how he put his plans to start
his own band on hold for several years while playing drums with Geno
Delafose, and then how he managed to record his CD and begin performing on
accordion with his own band, Zydeco Trouble.
Taylor wrote 12 of the 13 songs on the
CD. The melodies, the lyrics, and the vocals themselves all show how much he
values music as an expression of his feelings and as a way of reaching out
to his audiences. The only cover song is also by a great vocalist, "Another
Saturday Night" by Sam Cooke. On "Hard Times," the musicians include his
father and Lil' Buck Senegal.
Band members in addition to Curley Taylor
are his brother Errol Taylor on bass; Keith Clement on keyboards; Wayne
"D.C." Dalcourt on guitar, Eric "Boss Hogg" Minix on drums, and Matt
Sonnier on rubboard.
Photos on this page were taken at
Festival International in Lafayette April 24, 2004, and at the Grande
Boucherie de Mallet at St. Ann's Catholic Church May 8, 2004.