Fresh off their appearance on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion", The Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band are reaching music lovers and festival goers like never before with their instant-party-in-a-box sound.
The idea for the band grew out of a bunch of friends' love of music, zany antics, irresistible rhythms, good times and spicy food. One evening four years ago while devouring plates of étouffeé, jambalaya and boiled crawfish (mudbugs, in the vernacular), violinist & singer Carter Green, accordionist Greg Ewing, guitarist Brian Cochran, and bassist Adam Ewing realized that these longtime friends had the makings of an upbeat, danceable and distinctly American sound in the form of an authentic Louisiana-style dancehall band. Elements of Cajun, Zydeco, Country, Swamp Pop & Rockabilly immediately jumped to mind as the guys savored their cayenne-laden dishes.
Green, whose French-speaking ancestors hailed from Acadia, Nova Scotia, the original settling place of the people today known as Cajuns, describes the idea's flash in simple terms: “I mean, we had accordion, fiddle, bass, guitar, and a washboard! You don't need much more than that to get folks up to their feet and onto the dance floor!”
Years later, that idea emerged as a reality when the boys met up with the girls: washboard-toting Juliah Ewing, French-speaking singer, pianist, and triangle player Erin Craddock and drummer Jaime Green. Erin's sweet and raucous vocal stylings and effervescent triangle playing merged with Jaime's solid backbeat drumming and exuberant stage presence to provide the over-the-top energy which pushed the band's sound to the heights of excitement, danceability, and pure fun.
The band performs Cajun & Zydeco classics in French and English, original tunes and they even Cajun-ify classic songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” and Steve Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” to name a few.
As they say in Cajun country, 'Laissez les bons temps rouler!'