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Roy Carrier -- Discography

 

Severn Records - CD0031 - 2004

"Living Legend"

"Living Legend will provide listeners with a great education on the roots of Zydeco. LaLa was a music played by just two instruments. Fiddle or accordion as the primary accompanied by scrub board. There are three LaLa cuts here in two different styles. The frenetic pace of Whatcha’ Gonna Do with a Man Like That, and two slower tempo bluesy songs, Do the LaLa Dance and I Come From the Country. Four great examples of Roy’s trademark peddle-to-the-metal Zydeco, Put a Hump In Your Back, I Got Something For You Baby, She Burnt the Bacon and You Got Me Dancing. The rhythm & blues flavored Take Me Crosstown and Everybody Call Me Shoon. Two Zydeco cuts on the button or Cajun accordion with Bring Me Coffee In the Morning and Don’t Touch That. No Roy Carrier set would be complete without a healthy dose of straight ahead blues and that slot is filled ably by You Told Me That You Love Me."

-- Wayne Kahn, Right on Rhythm

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Right on Rhythm - ROR 9 - 2001

"Whiskey-Drinkin' Man"

"When rendered correctly, few things can sound better than a tight zydeco groove, Roy Carrier knows how to keep that groove going and does so throughout this album, which is part concert recording and part studio effort. From the infectious title track to the down and dirty blues of "Gotta Right to Love That Woman," Carrier explores his roots to full effect, and the big man knows how to put together some fresh material, too. Whether you're a zydeco fan or not, take note of Carrier's energy and abilities, both of which are in top form and evident throughout this release."

-- Mike Emory: Blues Access Magazine Summer 2001

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Chubby Dragon - ROR008 - 2000

"Offshore Blues & Zydeco"
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Roy Carrier's family is one of the great musical Creole clans of the Atchafalaya Basin. Accompanied by his son Troy on drums, old friend Raymond on Guitar, nephews Ronald and Kevin on bass and scrub board, Roy and the Night Rockers sprinkle some hot pepper on an irrepressible musical gumbo.

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"Combining the sublime with the explosive, Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers simultaneously playing two dynamic forms of Louisiana music, Zydeco and the Blues. Roy's family, the Carriers, are one of the great musical Creole clans of the Atchafalaya Basin. Roy, kinsman to both Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and fiddler Bebe Carrier, sings and plays accordion in many styles; modern Zydeco, old time La-La, rock 'n' roll and pure blues. Accompanied by his son Troy on drums, old friend Raymond on guitar, nephews Ronald and Kevin on base and scrub board, Roy and the Night Rockers sprinkle some hot pepper on an irrepressible musical gumbo." -- Ray Alden

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Right on Rhythm - ROR 004 -1999

 "Twist & Shout"

"Burly former oil rig roughneck Roy Carrier carries the torch of real, blues based Louisiana zydeco into the next millennium. This 19 track wonder shows Carrier at his best, warmly applying his squeeze box wrangling techniques for over sixty-nine sweet minutes. Carrier prides himself on being the genuine zydeco article. He plays almost a tribute style, referencing originals like Clifton Chenier, Lynn August, Boozoo Chavis and Geno Delafose. To hear Roy tell it, real zydeco is just the blues, played on accordion, with French lyrics. There is all that and more here. You get the whole range on this disc from all night party jives to slow waltzes. Carrier can wrap himself around a rhythm and lock it into that familiar heaving groove. The band is right there too, providing a rock solid base for his honest delivery. Hopefully this kind of scraped-from-the-bayou, gator rhythm, roots music will continue to find the audience it so richly deserves."

-- Jeff Monk: Blues Scene Quarterly

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Right on Rhythm - ROR 002 - 1997

 "Nasty Girls"

"If you ever walked into Bethesda's Twist & Shout when Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers were pumping out the zydeco, then you know just what to expect from the band's new album "Nasty Girls." It's a raucous and relentless invitation to dance. No matter that the CD's sonics border on bootleg quality, recorded live, primarily at the Twist, the album's mix isn't muddy enough to conceal the band's propulsive thrust, much of which stems from the bellows of Carrier's accordion, or obscure guitarist Raymond Randall's flair for overlaying the beat with some sly and soulful blues licks. True to form, the tunes are strictly boilerplate bayou, a routine mixture of party songs, boisterous chants,suggestive novelties and time-honored party favorites. The latter includes "I'm a Hog for You," which comes across as a twin tribute to, Carrier and the tune's author, the late zydeco king Clifton Chenier. The songs, however, are really incidental to the band's party mix. Infectious push-pull rhythms rule, a crashing confluence of rubboards, accordion, guitar, bass and drums. Indeed, at times the beat is persuasive enough to turn a social wallflower into a roadhouse exhibitionist."

-- Mike Joyce - Washington Post

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Zane Records - ZNCD 1010 - 1995

"Roy Carrier -
At His Best"

The very best of Louisiana Zydeco ace Roy Carrier. Louisiana dance floorfillers -14 tracks, dance guaranteed.

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At His Best collects many of Roy Carrier's greatest songs, even if they're not necessarily in their original versions. Nevertheless, these are really good versions of such staples as "You Better Watch Out," "Strokin'," "She's Naked" and "Leaving Lawtell," making it an excellent introduction to the zydeco accordionist.

-- Thom Owens, All Music Guide

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Paula Records - PCD 1004 - 1995

 "Zydeco Strokin'"

East Coast fans can easily forget that, in Louisiana, Zydeco is thought of as a local branch of Southern R&B -- a close cousin of the down-to-earth, often bawdy records made by the likes of Bobby Rush, Z.Z. Hill and Marvin Sease. So it makes perfect sense that Zydeco veteran Roy Carrier would make Clarence Carter's double-entendre R&B hit, "Strokin'," the title track of his new album, "Zydeco Strokin'." Carrier adds the syncopated, two-step Zydeco beat to the tune, but delivers the lyrics in a gleefully salacious vocal not much different from Carter's. The rest of the album mixes Zydeco rhythms and R&B vocals in a similarly satisfying manner.

"Zydeco Strokin'" was originally release by the tiny Lanor label but is now available from the venerable R&B label Paula. Carrier takes writing credit for most of the songs even though "Oh Bye Bye" is adapted from an old Clifton Chenier song, "Shake That Booty" from the KC & the Sunshine Band hit and "I Wanna Do My Thing" from Rockin' Sidney's "Dog Hill." Roy Carrier's son Chubby is a well-known Zydeco bandleader, but it's another son, Troy, who supplies the muscular drum tracks on this recording and pushes the family patriarch into his most spirited singing ever and an impressive entry into both the Zydeco and R&B fields.

-- Geoffrey Himes - Washington Post

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Zane Records - ZNCD 1003 - 1991

"Soulful Side of Zydeco"
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"Zydeco Soul"

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