The GRAMMY-nominated and award-winning ‘crown prince of zydeco’ pushes the boundaries of the genre, energizing audiences with his lively and eclectic fusion of funk, soul, jazz, Motown and zydeco. Growing up in Port Arthur, Texas, Chenier was surrounded by music. His father and zydeco legend, Clifton Chenier, shared his love of the genre with his son at a young age, teaching him the intricacies of zydeco music—the lively southern Louisiana style that vibrantly blends together music of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues. After his father’s passing, Chenier took over as the lead vocalist and accordion player of the legendary Red Hot Louisiana Band. Bringing his own style and flair to his father’s legacy, Chenier pushes the boundaries of the genre, energizing audiences with his lively and eclectic fusion of funk, soul, jazz, Motown and zydeco.
His invigorating new approaches to zydeco music have earned Chenier numerous awards, including the Living Blues Critics’ Poll Award and AFIM's Indie Award for “Best Zydeco Album.” He has recorded albums with Slash Records and the legendary Chicago Label Alligator Records and has performed alongside music legends such as Paul Simon, Joe Sample, and Ray Parker, Jr. Chenier has graced countless large festivals and stages, such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Chicago Blues Festival and SXSW. This year, the “crown prince of zydeco” is honored in the acclaimed Museum of the Gulf Coasts Music Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Janis Joplin, Tex Ritter, ZZ Top, Marcia Ball, The Big Bopper and his father, Clifton Chenier.
With heartwarming lyrics and nostalgic melodies, The Wildwoods bring a pioneering sound to Americana Roots Music. Hailing from Nebraska, this band’s perfect harmonies and unique vocals can captivate audiences everywhere.