Cedric Watson

Biography

Cedric Watson is a fiddler, accordionist, singer & songwriter and was nominated for a Grammy four times.

Cedric - originally from San Felipe - made his first appearance at the age of 19 at the Zydeco Jam at The Big Easy in Houston, Texas. At the age of 21, he moved to south Louisiana, quickly concentrating on French music and language. Over the next several years, Cedric, who seems to have unlimited potential, performed French music in 17 countries and on 7 full-length albums with various groups, including the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and with his own group, Bijou Creole.

The ancient sounds of the French and Spanish contra dance and bourré alongside the spiritual rhythms of the Congo tribes of West Africa, who were sold as slaves in the Carribean and Louisiana by the French and Spanish, were revived by Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole.

With a widespread repertoire of songs at his fingertips, he is also an acitve songwriter, writing almost all of his songs on his double row Hohner accordion. Cedrics songs channel his diverse origins (African, French, Native American and Spanish) to create his own brand of sounds.

Cedrics albums are a tapestry of pulsing rhythms and Creole poetry, and his live performances are unforgettable, all at once progressive and nostalgic.

Cedric Watson PLAYS