Rockin with Roy
01 December 2012 — by Dan Willging
On Rockin With Roy, Chubby Carrier pays homage to the man responsible for his very zydeco existence, pops Roy Carrier (1947-2010) who weaned his son in his bands. The first few tracks (“I Found My Woman Doing the Zydeco,” “Whisky Drinkin’ Man”) are signature Roy originals with Carrier interpreting ’em in his own beefy way—opening with a brief old school, “la-la” intro followed by a full band arsenal with an unbeatable rhythm section. “Roy Left Lawtell” offers a clever twist to Roy’s “Leaving Lawtell” but should have been saved for last since it fits better lyrically (“and he ain’t coming back”) and bookends the tribute concept of the CD.
Several more tracks are not originals but were gig staples of Roy’s such as Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya” and Rockin’ Sidney’s “Don’t Mess With My Toot Toot.” “Blue Runner,” a tune from distant cousin Bébé Carrière, may be the most surprising of this lot since it’s normally rendered as a bluesy fiddle number, not on a bellows-pumping, Italian triple-row squeezebox. On “Jambalaya” and “Blue Runner,” guest fiddler Beau Thomas not only slays his solos but his presence briefly hints at old-time Creole music. Carrier injects plenty of his personality along the way, reprising a few dusty originals from Take Me to the Zydeco and unveiling the über hip “Get on the Floor,” with its funky James Brown-inspired dance grooves. With this insanely energetic and impeccably executed affair, it’s nice to know good things happen when parents raise their children zydeco right.
Zydeco's Carrier honoring dad
By Jim Beal Jr.
Updated 12:58 p.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2012
"Rockin' With Roy"
To follow up his Grammy-winning "Zydeco Junkie" CD, Roy "Chubby" Carrier (Joseph Roy Carrier Jr.) pays tribute to his dad. Joseph Roy Carrier, an accordionist, bandleader, offshore oil worker and owner of the storied zydeco bastion the Offshore Club in Lawtell, La., died in 2010.
Since he struck out as a bandleader, working out on big, three-row button accordions, Chubby and his Bayou Swamp Band have been among the best at fusing tradition and progression. Chubby also is one of the best showmen in the genre; a big man with a big personality and a knack for entertaining a crowd.
On "Rockin' With Roy," Chubby and company stick with the good-time zydeco basics, pumping out the kind of two-step rhythms, hot accordion licks and undeniable beat that keeps dance floors full coast to coast. Chubby mixes songs by his dad, "I Found My Woman Doing the Zydeco," "Don't You Leave Me" and "Whiskey Drinking Man," with originals such as "Shake It" and "Get on the Floor" and classics including Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" and Rockin' Sidney Simien's zydeco standard "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot."
Chubby doesn't blaze new zydeco trails; you don't meddle with success if you're keeping crowds happy. But he adds something of a rare element for zydeco - the fiddle of Beau Thomas on "Jambalaya," "Blue Runner" and "Don't You Leave Me," making for some cool texture.
Chubby's basic, good-times approach to zydeco on "Rockin' With Roy" is a fitting tribute to his dad and, in the process, a bunch of infectious fun.
May 01, 2010 Dan Wilging - OFFBEAT MAGAZINE
Chubby Carrier has spent a career perfecting his party package live shows, so it stands to reason that this would be more of the same, right? No, not quite. Carrier does do his best job ever reaching out to a diverse demographic with a variety of hooks. The breezy dance rendition of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" will likely appeal to aging, knock-kneed rockers. On "My Zydeco Shoes," modern country devotees will give thumbs up to Jamie Bergeron's Nashville-radio-ready vocals. Additionally, there's guitar-cranked funk, a peppy insturmental and poignant R&B. Carrier's singing is much more focused this time out; the background vocals are full, crisp and tight while the Ivan Klisanin-engineered sound has the bottom-end smacking hard like it's supposed to.
But keep in mind that while Carrier's a third-generation zydeco musician, he's not bound by his cultural music. The album's biggest surprise arrives on "Touch Me Touch me Baby." Keyboardist Keith Clement alternates classic New Orleans piano fill-in with enchanting salsa melodies. Smart move, because if zydeco is going to continue to flourish, it needs more alliances with like-minded genres. Experimental fusion is encouraged and this is a step in the right direction.
June 1, 2010, Mark Uricheck - LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE
Zydeco Junkie CD Review
Living Blues Magazine
Third-generation zydeco player Chubby Carrier takes a swampy step into the future withZydeco Junkie, his return to the studio after a Tabasco-hot live record, Live at Knuckleheads, 2007. While maintaining the boisterous party motif that makes a zydeco an eternal crowd-pleaser, Carrier shows expansive song-writing and instrumental leaning throughout. Carrier’s not just about the dance factor of zydeco, he also concerns himself with nuances like guitar runs, subtle lyrical infections, and style-melding crossover appeal. This is zydeco for the 21st century musical palette.
Carrier steals a page from Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book with the Clavinet vibe on Let’s Make it Funky, where the marriage of grinding ‘70’s funk and undulating zydeco produces an almost hedonistic sensory response. Carrier goes old-school zydeco on the instrumentalSwampadellic, where his accordion oozes flawless bayou melody. Two notable covers a re charmingly confounding – the inclusion of Movin’ On Up (the theme to TV’s The Jeffersons) and Bad Company’s Feel Like Makin’ Love. The former is soulful zydeco, the choice itself underscoring Carrier’s entertaining attitude toward his music. The latter boasts a mischievous rhythmic treatment, with backing vocals by Carrier’s wife Misty – classic rock tastefully twisted Cajun style. Guests like fellow accordion aces and zydeco brethren Jamie Bergeron and Geno Delafose ensure that the record is on solid zydeco footing, as evidenced by Delafose’s inclusion of the Tex-Mex flavored Jalapeno Lena, a standard of the late Rockin’ Sidney.