It's a long way from the Delta swamps to northwest Iowa, but Chubby Carrier will bring his form of "hot sauce" music back to Arnold's Park June 16 to kick off the summerlong series of free Preservation Plaza concerts next to the amusement park. Showtime is June 28 at 7:30. The following weekend, pop band Kory and the Fireflies take the stage.
The swampdelic sounds of Chubby Carrier and Bayou Swamp Band combine cooking blues with Louisiana zydeco fun. Anybody who has doubts about the accordion as an instrument will be swayed the right way with Carrier's passion and fire on the instrument.
Music is in Chubby's blood, from Papa Roy, to his brother Troy (AKA Dikki Du and The Zydeco Krewe), and nephew Dwight Carrier and The Zydeco Ro Dogs. His aunt Laura Maria Doolittle plays with Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies.
A documentary movie was been produced about the family, coming to theaters soon.
There's traditional roots in Chubby's zydeco, but he expands the sound for all ages. Live and in studio he's taken songs like B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby," Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles," The Who's "Squeeze Box", War's "Cisco Kid" and the Grateful Dead's "Fire On The Mountain" and dragged them through the swamp with beautiful results.
"Mardi Gras can happen 365 days a year and you don't have to flash anything to enjoy the band unless you REALLY want to," Chubby jokes.
The high energy band finds a new appreciation for their sound in he post-Katrina world, as the unique music of Louisiana was seemingly threatened with extinction.