As a singer-songwriter growing up in the hills of east Texas, Cedric Watson took an interest in Cajun music that made him want to learn the fiddle and accordion. Watson moved to Lafayette, La., to learn zydeco music; there, he played amongst the Creole community, and eventually formed his own band, Bijoux Creole. Click the link above to hear Watson's gripping zydeco music, recorded live at New York City's GlobalFEST on Jan. 10.
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Cedric Wilson. Photo courtesy of artist
In 2009, Watson was nominated for a Grammy for Best Cajun Recording, an award that began in 2007. Walking through the packed crowd at GlobalFEST, I could hear Watson's fiddle — and, later, his accordion — and I could feel his smile through his band and his songs. His was simply the happiest crowd of the night.