Reviews

“If you’re a fan of Creole or Cajun music, this will be your bible. Todd Mouton’s Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music is an insider’s look at the music that made Louisiana famous. … Mouton’s main focus is on Clifton Chenier, as any tome on Louisiana music should be. Mixing Cajun and Creole tunes with hard-rocking blues, Chenier built the foundation that made zydeco a term heard round the world. … It’ll take you a while to get through this one. The pictures alone will keep you enthralled for hours. But the stories will keep you coming back again and again to baptize yourself in Louisiana’s spicy watering holes with the help of the itinerant musical evangelists who made Louisiana music a world-wide ministry.” – Grant Britt, No Depression

Clifton Chenier … injected high-energy and boogie-woogie rhythm into zydeco, blasting it into the charts and the commercial mainstream far outside the Pelican state. This handsome collection of profiles and photographs tells that story along with those of other masters of southwestern Louisiana music who followed: Buckwheat Zydeco, Steve Riley, BeauSoleil, Sonny Landreth, among others. Mouton casts these performers in their environments, showing that what makes the music special is not just the performance but the culture from which it sprang.” – Mark GuarinoChicago Tribune

 

“One of 2015’s best books” – The Independent

 

“For all his contribution to modern music, Clifton Chenier, though recognized for his achievements, has never been written about. … A consummate performer, forever accompanied by his brother Cleveland on rubboard, who lived his life on the road, yet remained true to his people and his roots. Way Down in Louisiana is written by an insider … [and] we are offered a personal insight on the inner workings of those musicians and bands which keep Cajun and Creole culture alive and well. And most important it is an invitation to go out and listen to the music.” – James Nadal, All About Jazz