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Simien is a Zydeco master: his voice yearning like Sam Cooke, he delivers soul worthy of Stax greats and shows crossover class.
An alluring zydeco talent
You know it’s been a great night when, at the end, your smile muscles are just as tired as your dance muscles.
For thirty-five years, Terrance Simien, two-time Grammy Award–winning artist and eighth generation Louisiana Creole, has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous zydeco roots music is—and is not.
Leading his Zydeco Experience bandmates—Danny Williams, Stan Chambers, Curtis Watson, Lance Ellis, and Kevin Menard—Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his bandmates have performed over nine thousand concerts and toured millions of miles to over forty-five countries during their eventful career.
2019 marked Simien’s thirty-fourth consecutive New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the gold standard for diversity in American roots music. Simien and his loyal and skilled bandmates together have shared studio and stage with Robert Palmer, Stevie Wonder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, the Meters, Allen Toussaint, Paul Simon, and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Their music has been featured in TV commercials and a dozen or more films, including the blockbuster The Big Easy, which changed the game for Louisiana music in the late 1980s. His music has been heard on NPR syndicated radio shows like World Café, American Routes, eTown, and House of Blues Radio Hour. Rolling Stone, Billboard, and other notable music industry publications as well as major daily newspapers have praised his recordings. His extensive discography dates to vinyl 45s.