Cedric Watson: Fiddle, Accordion, and Vocals
Jermaine Prejean: Drums
Eric Frey: Upright Bass, Electric Bass on Tracks 7 and 15, and Banjo
Chas Justus: Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Jeffery Broussard: Electric Bass
Corey Ledet: Scrubboard and Triangle
Anna Laura Edmiston and Kelli Jones: Background Vocals
Joel Savoy: Lead Guitar on Track 7
â€œCedric Watson seems to have chosen the right place and time to be a prodigy of la musique CrÃ©ole franÃ§aise de la Louisiane on this (title) his first solo CD effort. Of course no freshman effort could possibly surpass the creativity, originality and ground-breaking perseverance of past CrÃ©ole greats such as Canray Fontentot, Bois-Sec Ardoin, BÃ©bÃ© Carriere, Clifton Chenier and the master, AmÃ©dÃ© Ardoin, to name but a few.
Upon first listening, it becomes obvious that Cedric is part of the present company of musicians that can combine the lineage from these past benefactors with an effervescing originality. To propel our Louisiana Creole culture into the future seems to be quite a task, but if one lives for the music as Cedric does, his path and music seem effortless. Weaving together both Louisiana Creole accordion and fiddle styles, together with Canrayâ€™s Caribbean influences, young Watson combines the wisdom of these studied musicians into the vitality and spark of his twenty-something years. These songs may well be early brushstrokes of a lifeâ€™s worth of possibilities, not only for him but also for the identity survival of a culture. Young Watson is very much aware of his position in this time and appears to be determined to live out his true musical calling.
Fortunate are those that discover Cedricâ€™s soulful talent while heâ€™s still in the process of developing a realistic identity as a creative musician of today.â€