AND HIS ZYDECO BAND
STANDING ON FAITH
INTRO–PUSH ME AWAY–LOVE NEVER FELT SO GOOD–STANDING ON FAITH–TAKE ME THERE–NEW YORK CITY–A GOOD DAY–STREET LIGHT
Zydeco innovator Corey Ledet has been playing professionally since he was ten years old, drumming for Wilbert Thibodeaux and the Zydeco Rascals in his hometown of Houston. It’s in his DNA–his grandfather was the legendary Buchanan Ledet, drummer for Clifton Chenier. Corey is also adept on accordion, and frottoir, and is a very soulful vocalist. He’s been a student of the zydeco genre’ his entire life, and, for his ninth album, “Standing On Faith,” wanted to do something just a little different. A bandleader for the last fourteen years, he is joined on this set by co-producers Cecil Green, on keys, and Jesse DelGrizzi on guitar, bass, Moog, and vocals.
On this set, Corey takes the traditional sounds and themes of zydeco and injects them with soul, blues, R & B, reggae, and gospel. He likened it to being a chef, and using “a little of this, and a little of that” to achieve his desired sound.
Leading off after the Moog-influenced “Intro,” is a classic “kiss off” song, done up bayou style, as he asks his lover “don’t know why you want to Push Me Away,” so “there’s the door!” “Love Never Felt So Good” is presented herein as a breezy, gliding instrumental that cleverly mixes zydeco, funk, and soul. “New York City” is a rapid-fire dance-floor burner set over a smokin’ groove in the style of Clifton Chenier. “A Good Day” mixes Corey’s accordion over a reggae-calypso beat as Corey wishes “this day would never end!”
Our favorite was the title cut. Corey uses a neo-traditional zydeco arrangement to convey his thanks to our Lord for his many blessings, including his “talents, gifts, family and friends,” and is “in His hands every day,” forever “Standing On Faith.”
Corey Ledet was nominated for a Grammy for a 2013 collaboration with Andre’ Thierry and Anthony and Dwayne Dopsie, entitled “Nothin’ But The Best.” He continues to keep the timeless traditions of zydeco alive, mixing them with strong contemporary sounds that permeate the good-times vibe of “Standing On Faith.” Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.