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Accordion Dragon

by Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Feel-good music from South Louisiana, with a taste of Blues, Jazz and Zydeco!
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. Intro
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2. J'ai Parti Dans La Campagne
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3. Dragon's Boogie
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4. Erika Potier's Waltz
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5. I Just Want to Be Your Loving Man
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6. Mom Sue
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7. I Never Meant to Fall in Love
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8. Muscle Zydeco
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9. Dragon's Blues
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10. Everything Has to Change
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11. Push and Pull
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Grammy nominee makes a statement with 'Accordion Dragon'
Martial arts, musical mastery guides Corey Ledet

“Accordion Dragon” is more than a CD and T-shirt for Corey Ledet. It's a bold statement of the serious mental and physical skills this musician practices in life.
An internationally-touring, zydeco musician at the age of 21 and a Grammy nominee at 30, Ledet grew up in Houston, fascinated by martial arts movies and Asian culture. Two years ago, Ledet started training in Wing Chun, Chinese Kung fu that teaches combat in close quarters.
Wing Chun also instills mastery of the senses, relaxation and a strong spiritual center. For 25 years, Ledet has applied those skills to his instrument, making him worthy of a title inspired by his hero, the late martial artist, actor and philosopher Bruce Lee.
“They called Bruce Lee the dragon,” said Ledet, 36. “A lot of people don't understand and think dragon might be something bad. But in the Asian culture, dragon is something good.
“It basically means, if you're a dragon at your art, you've put in the time, you've conditioned yourself. You've done your studies and you're a master at your art. Now, you are a dragon.”
Ledet demonstrates Bruce Lee-like precision on the squeezebox with his 10th CD, “Accordion Dragon.” He followed guidance from longtime friend Louis Michot, leader of the Grammy-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers, who advised him to create his own path.
Ledet and co-producer Cecil Green answered with an 11-song album with all originals, from “Dragon's Boogie” and “Dragon's Blues,” to an old-school house party starter sung in Creole, “J'ai Parti Dans La Campagne (I Went to the Country).” Green, a keyboard ace with “Zydeco Boss” Keith Frank's band, offered a piano intro, seldom-heard in zydeco, on the single, “I Just Want to Be Your Loving Man.”
Green opened the door to Ledet's dream of a band with a horn section, reminiscent of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Clifton Chenier, aka the King of Zydeco, and the Grammy- and Emmy-winning band Buckwheat Zydeco. Dr. Mark St. Cyr, a critical care specialist and trumpet player, and Robert “Saxy” Richard provided the sound, rarely heard in modern, rap-influenced zydeco.
“I always wanted to have a horn section, but was scared to put it,” said Ledet, who lives in Parks, La. “You never know what's going to work. You don't want to put something and it messes you up.
“But on this one, I said I'm going to do it. I like horn sections. The rest of the world likes horn sections. I'm just going to put a couple of there, just for fun, and see how it sounds. It came out really good.”
Ledet also gives high marks to Breannah “Yannie” Richard, a budding singer/songwriter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Richard studied in UL's Traditional Music Program, where Ledet has taught beginning accordion and guided the Ragin' Blues Band, a student ensemble.
“When I heard her sing, I wasn't expecting that to come from her,” said Ledet. “The tone of her voice is spot-on perfect. I'm proud of her, so I'm going to push her even harder. I'd put her up there with the singers of yesterday, like Etta James and Aretha Franklin.
“But she's like that. She's pitch perfect. She doesn't need Auto-Tune or auto-correction. If you tell her to sing a B-flat, she can sing it without looking for it on the piano. She's awesome.”
With his new “Accordion Dragon” album and moniker, Ledet is energized for more tours, which have already brought him to Hawaii, Russia, Malaysia and other distant locales. He dreams of playing on “Saturday Night Live.” His SNL appearance would follow in the footsteps of Queen Ida, a zydeco trailblazer who performed on the show in 1985.
Most of all, the “Accordion Dragon” would like to foster community, a philosophy learned in Wing Chun and his native Creole culture.
“Nowadays, in a lot of different genres of music, the fun has left. A lot of music seems dark and it makes people dark when they hear music. I want to help out and try to bring back the happiness, bring the fun back to music. Music is like a medicine. It can make you feel good.
“If the music is feeling good, it's going to make you feel good. For me, when it comes to September, I start listening to Christmas music. It's happy music. It puts you in a happy mood.
“With my style of Louisiana zydeco, I want to make people feel good with it. I want to bring it all over the world. I would love to go somewhere in Asia one day and play my zydeco over there. I think that would be cool.”
Herman Fuselier is a writer and broadcaster living in Opelousas, La. His Zydeco Stomp radio show airs 12-3 p.m. CT Saturdays on KRVS 88.7 FM and krvs.org.

(This album was supported, in part, by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.)

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