Cedric Watson

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Cedric Watson
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Cedric Watson plays fiddle with Bijou Creole at the Savannah Music Festival, March 21, 2009.
Background information
Birth name Cedric Watson
Born 1983 (age 30–31)
Origin San Felipe, Texas
Genres Cajun, Creole
Instruments fiddle, Cajun accordion, vocals
Labels Valcour Records
Associated acts Bijoux Creole
Pine Leaf Boys[1]

Cedric Watson (born 1983)[2] is an American musician. He has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards.[3][4]

Career[edit]

Born in 1983, Cedric grew up in San Felipe, Texas surrounded by the blues, old soul, country, and zydeco music. Though hip-hop was then popular amongst his peers, Cedric developed an affinity for the old-style French songs of Southwest Louisiana and the greater Houston area. He soon found himself in Lafayette, Louisiana where he became part of the musical community and began contributing to the continuity of Creole music.

He has played with some of the great names in Creole music, such as Dexter Ardoin and the Creole Ramblers and Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys. With the Pine Leaf Boys, Cedric added a Creole and zydeco foundation to the group's roots Southwest Louisiana sound. Cedric continues to explore the roots of Louisiana’s Creole music with his own band, Bijou Creole.

He has performed in places across the United States as well as in France, Nova Scotia, Haiti, and Spain. He has said he wants "to present the Creole Nation of Louisiana to the Creole Nations in other parts of the world, to make these Creole cultures aware of the one in Louisiana, and vice versa."[5]

In 2010 Watson appeared in season 1 episode 7 of the HBO series Treme with Wilson Savoy and Watsons replacement in the Pine Leaf Boys Courtney Granger. The scenes depict Annie (Lucia Micarelli) trying out to join the Pine Leaf Boys on a Canadian tour as Watsons replacement, but choking at the audition. Watson actually left the band to form Bijou Creole in 2006, not 2005 as depicted in the show.[6]

Musical style[edit]

Cedric Watson plays a variety of old-school zydeco styles, original material, and Creole traditionals. The polyrhythmic and syncopated sounds of Africa and the Caribbean echo in his ensemble. He plays old La-La French music (traditional Creole music) in accordion, fiddle, and guitar with mentors Edward Poullard and James Adams in Les Amis Creole [1]. With accordionist Corey “Lil’ Pop” Ledet, he displays the more blues and R&B influence of Clifton Chenier, John Delafose, Canray Fontenot, Beau Jocque (Andrus Espree ) and Bebe Carrier.[7] "Cedric’s creative style and obvious joy in playing make him an engaging and exciting performer. Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion, his natural playfulness on stage makes him just plain fun to watch."[5] More recently with Bijou Creole, he is "developing an expansive modern take on his adopted state’s already hybridized Creole sounds, flavoring it with hearty injections of soul and Caribbean influences as well as whiffs of bluegrass and string-band music—an approach that reached its fullest expression yet on [2013's] Le Troubadour Creole." [8]

Discography[edit]

  • Le Troubadour Creole with Bijou Creole (2013) Lache Pas Records[8]
  • Le Soliel Est Leve with Bijou Creole (2011) Lache Pas Records
  • Creole Moon: Live From Blue Moon Saloon (2010) Valcour Records
  • L'Esprit Creole with Bijou Creole (2009) Valcour Records—ASIN: B0030E7PZ6
  • Homage Au Passe with Pine Leaf Boys (2009) Lionsgate Records—ASIN: B0023BZ64E
  • Cedric Watson (2008) Valcour Records—ASIN: B00151HZYW
  • Goin' Down to Louisiana Cedric Watson and Corey Ledet (2006) Valcour Records—ASIN: B000GBE8EM
  • Les Amis Creole Les Amis Creole (sic) (200?) Arhoolie Records

Compilations[edit]

  • En Francais: Cajun 'n' Creole Rock 'n' Roll Various (2011) Bayou Teche Brewers/CD Baby
  • Allons Boire un Coup: A Collection of Cajun and Creole Drinking Songs Various (2006) Valcour Records

On Others' Recordings[edit]

  • L'autre bord de l'eau Savoy-Michot Cajun Band (2004)
  • Transatlantic Sessions: Songs of Death, Divorce, Drinking and Dancing Cajun Roosters (2011) Whoopee Records-Pine Groove Sound/CD Baby

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pine Leaf Boys". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  2. ^ "Cedric Watson". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Nominees - GRAMMY.com". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  4. ^ "72. Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album". Retrieved 2010-12-02. 
  5. ^ a b "Valcour Records bio of Cedric Watson". Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  6. ^ Alex Rawls (2010-04-01). "HBO’S TREME: TO TELL THE TRUTH". OffBeat. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Goin Down to Louisiana". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  8. ^ a b "Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-03-15. 

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