Zydeco Joe Mouton, 1943-2007
Zydeco Joe Mouton, 1943-2007

Zydeco Joe's death Nov. 17, 2007, was a great loss.

No one else could improvise lyrics in Creole French like Zydeco Joe. No one else could pump that accordion to make dancers move with the same energy that he sang about in "Jack Rabbit." No one else could equal his joyous celebration of the deep sense of community in Creole culture that pulsates through "Mama Fred." No one else could capture the vitality of rural Creole masculinity the way Zydeco Joe did in "You Can't Rooster Like You Used To." Zydeco Joe was a true original.

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