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Release Info: Beau Jocque And The Zydeco Hi-Rollers - Pick Up On This!
Easily the biggest zydeco star of the 1990s, Beau Jocque heralded the rise of the genre's new, urbanized style; infusing his high-octane sound with elements of rock, soul, hip-hop and even reggae, he bridged the gap between traditional Creole culture and contemporary music to create a funky, bass-heavy hybrid calculated for maximum mainstream appeal.
Beau Jocque's first album for Rounder Records, Pick Up on This!, is arguably his best effort to date. The key is in the groove - there might not be much variety on the album, but he keeps the zesty zydeco rhythms pumping throughout. Jocque isn't the only one who shines, however. Every member of the band keeps things cooking, doing their best to ensure that Pick Up on This! is a first-rate party album. And that's exactly what it is.
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