Take a touch of blues, a dash of reggae and “mix it with all kinds of things”. What you get is a recipe for
zydeco music, which Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas are preparing on Saturday at Wetumpka.
“My zydeco is like okra,” frontman Nathan Williams said. “I have a bit of everything in it.”
They headline a night full of music on Saturday in downtown Wetumpka at the River and Blues Music & Arts Festival.
“We’re thrilled because it’s still a great little reunion,” Nathan said. “The mayor is a nice guy. Nice people.”
It’s free to attend. There is an art show, children’s area and food vendors. Coolers and chairs are welcome
The musical program includes:
- 5-6 p.m. The Lo-Fi Loungers.
- 6-7 p.m. The Jukebox Brass Band
- 7:15-9pm BonBon Vivant
- 8:15-11:00 p.m. Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.
“Go out and bring your dancing shoes, because I’ll put them on for you,” Nathan said.
Joining Nathan will be his brother, guitarist Dennis Paul Williams. and bassist Allen Williams is his cousin. Then there’s rubber player Jaston George and “One Love” drummer.
The band have covered a lot of miles this year, playing festivals and concert series across the country, from New York to Los Angeles. They arrive in Wetumpka fresh off a layover in New Orleans on Friday. After Saturday, they’ll be back in New York for a special show at Lincoln Center.
“It’s been off the chain, man. It’s been good,” Nathan said. “We drove.”
The same can be said for the studio. The group has a new 11 track album “Lucky Man”, released this year under their own label Cha Cha Records. Williams said they brought something new with this one.
“Almost all of them are original songs,” Nathan said, including “Diggin’ On Me,” “Louisiana Man,” title track “Lucky Man,” and more. Of course, there is “Zydeco Swing” and “Zydeco Wine”.
“The only cover I have is ‘Whole Lot Of Shakin’ Going On,’ by Jerry Lee Lewis,” he said.
His original “Nathan Williams in Town” should be played whenever he and the band come.
“People are jumping. He’s blowing up the whole place. He’s pretty much the best around. Come on.”
Coming soon will be a father/son live album featuring Williams and his son, Lil’ Nathan, from Lil Nathan & The Zydeco Big Timers. “It’s going to come out this year,” Nathan said.
Follow them online at www.zydecochachas.com.
Contact Montgomery Advertiser reporter Shannon Heupel at [email protected].