Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
Louisiana native Curley Taylor has been around music all of his life. Curley began his professional career at age 16 by playing drums in his father’s band, Jude Taylor and the Burning Flames, a band deep in Louisiana Blues, Soul and Zydeco. By the age of 25, Curley had played drums with some of Louisiana’s musical legends, including: CC Adcock, Steve Riley, John Hart, “L’il” Bob and the Lollipops, and his uncles, “L’il” Buck Senegal and Wayne “Blue” Burns. He toured with CJ Chenier, son of the “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier, and a Zydeco legend in his own right. He was told that he “played the accordion and the drums with great emotion and natural feeling.”
In 2003 Curley was ready to make the move and launch his own band – Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble. His debut CD “Country Boy” was released to rave reviews. Artists familiar with Zydeco compared Curley’s music to that of the late, great Beau Jocque. “It’s a high compliment,” Curley replied, “but Country Boy is only the start.” Curley has been playing, touring and recording ever since.
Since his debut CD, Curley has produced four more CDs of original music, making him one of the most prolific composers in Zydeco. In 2012, he released a compilation of his hits, “The #1’s.” His latest project “Zydeco Confessions” was released in 2014.
Curley’s music is true to its roots in Zydeco and Blues, but contemporary enough to appeal to a broad range of music lovers. Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble tour extensively throughout the US, playing festivals and clubs from New York to San Diego and from Florida to Seattle. Often playing to audiences who have never heard Zydeco music before, they make fans wherever they go. They’ve played major festivals including Rhythm and Roots in Ninigret RI, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland OR and Jazz Fest in New Orleans.