n 1988 Robin and I traveled to New Orleans and fell in love with Zydeco music. We came back home and shook up the musical community with this Louisiana-based music that brought accordion to a stage, that was not German, in Cincinnati for the first time.
Thirty years later we are still playing this extraordinary music, which has evolved into our own unique sound. You must visit Robin Lacy and DeZydeco for further exploration into that joyful chapter of my life. www.robinlacy.com
What is that metal board she's got hanging on her chest, you ask?? Well, it's officially called a frottoir (cajun French word meaning "to rub") AKA rubboard (Zydeco translation). And yes, it's a real percussion instrument invented by Cleveland Chenier, Zydeco King Clifton Chenier's brother. Zydeco musicians use the metal board instead of a traditional "washboard" in amplified bands that have drummers. Washboard players in Cajun and old-time music keep the rhythm without drummers. Rubboards are predominant in Zydeco bands primarily found in Louisiana. But we decided to bring it north for the fun of it. It's all in the attitude!