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GENO DELAFOSE & FRENCH ROCKIN’ BOOGIE

By PAUL-ÉMILE COMEAU
Published May 31, 2006

Everybody’s Dancin’
Times Square

The zydeco tradition is being kept alive within Louisiana families, but the genre isn’t without problems. French roots are seldom conspicuous, and most performers insist on writing their own material, even though many shouldn’t. Geno Delafose started playing rub-board with his father (the late John Delafose) when he was just seven, and has become one of the better and more consistent zydeco artists. His new album leads off with a couple of originals, the title track and “Zydeco With Geno,” both of them typical zydeco songs serving as a simple exhortation to dance. It’s a good way for the band to show it means business, as it is more than competent. For the rest of the album Delafose wisely chose to cover a good range of material, including Rockin’ Sydney’s “Good Time Woman,” Sam Cooke’s “What A Wonderful World,” and Delafose’s father’s “Gotta Find My Woman.” Michael Doucet plays fiddle on the traditional Cajun cuts “Port Arthur Blues,” “Les Flammes d’Enfer” and Nathan Abshire’s “Belizaire Waltz,” all sung in French, as are a few others.