Tracks: 10, total time: 36:36, year: 1988, genre: Zydeco
c 1988 GNP/Crescendo
Myrick Guillory – Composer
Fred Catero – Engineer
Maureen Droney – Engineer
Queen Ida – Accordion, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Performer, Assistant Producer
Wayne Lewis – Engineer
Wilbert Lewis – Percussion
Dennis Calloway – Bass, Vocals (bckgr)
Douglas Dayson – Guitar, Arranger, Vocals (bckgr), Assistant Producer
Gregory DePew – Conga, Drums
Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band – Performer
Pierre “Larogue” Allen – Guitar (Acoustic), Violin, Guitar (Electric), Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (bckgr)
|1.||3:27||Fais Deaux Deaux|
A Grammy award-winning, live, and potent album, with Al Rapone on accordion. Michael G. Nastos- ALLMusic
|2.||3:51||Bad Moon Rising|
Queen Ida was the first female accordion player to lead a zydeco band. Favoring a 31-button accordion, she is noted for her melodic playing, and for focusing on the treble side of her instrument, which makes her style similar to Mexican playing styles. Though like many other zydeco artists of the ’80s, her music was well grounded in Creole traditions, she also integrates Caribbean, Cajun (with the addition of a fiddle to her Bon Temps Zydeco Band), blues and other genres. She came to music rather late in life.
In the early ’70s, she began performing with Barbary Coast Band and with the Playboys. She was in demand, not only because of her talent, but also because female accordion players were a rarity. She got her stage name in 1975 during a Mardis Gras celebration in the Bay Area. There she was formally crowned “Queen of the Zydeco Accordion and Queen of Zydeco Music.” The following year she and her band played at the Monterey Jazz and Blues Festival. She also signed to GNP/Crescendo Records, a Los Angeles-based jazz label.
Despite her popularity, Queen Ida never felt music was stable enough to support her children and so continued bus driving until her youngest daughter went to school. After that Ida began touring more frequently. In 1978, John Ullman became her agent. He helped make her internationally known. In 1979 she was nominated for a Bay Area Music Award. Though Taj Mahal won it, he arranged a two-week European tour for her. She continued recording and touring through the 1980s. Because she feels she and the band sound best live, most of her albums are recorded while she tours.
In 1988, Queen Ida toured Japan, becoming the first zydeco artist to do so. She toured Africa the following year for the State Department and in 1990 went to Australia and New Zealand. Queen Ida has appeared in one feature film, Rumblefish, and a documentary about Louisiana music, J’ai Ete au Bal. She has also performed on television shows ranging from Austin City Limits to Saturday Night Live. For many, Queen Ida is not only an excellent musician, she is also a fine example of how a determined middle-aged woman can still find success in a youth-obsessed culture. Sandra Brennan – ALLMusic
|3.||3:21||Every Now And Then|
|4.||4:21||Passe La Porte|
|9.||4:34||My Girl Josephine|
|10.||4:33||Jambalaya (On The Bayou)|