Zydeco music is one of those uniquely American roots music genres born in the melting pot of Southwest Louisiana.
It's an amalgamation of Cajun music, blues and R&B, sung in French or English, instrumentally led by a rocking accordion and percussively driven by a metal rubboard.
C.J. Chenier, the son of Zydeco pioneer Clifton Chenier (also known as the "King of Zydeco"), joined his father's band in 1978 at the age of 21. He played the saxophone in that prestigious ensemble, The Red Hot Louisiana Band, until his father's death in 1987.