Top 10 Albums of 2023 – Big Daddy’s Picks

Not all of my selections are Cajun and Zydeco. Still, I included them because they are among the most misunderstood and underrepresented forms of American music because of the deeper immersion required to appreciate them. That’s why I selected Louis Michot, Corey Ledet Zydeco, Cameron Fontenot, 4Horses (no space between ‘4’ and ‘Horses’).

Other selections are in the blues realm: Ghalia Volt, Jason Ricci, Julian Primeaux, and Dean Zucchero. Johnny Angel writes deep country songs suitable for our Honky Tonk Heroes program, and everyone loves Leftover Salmon, whose great covers album, Grass Roots, revealed its many influences.

All of these are albums I listened to repeatedly to write a compelling and thoughtful review during the year.

Artist Album Label
1 Louis Michot Rêve du Troubador Nouveau Electric
2 Ghalia Volt Shout Sister Shout Ruff
3 Johnny Angel & Helldorado Long Days, Short Pay
Angel Entertainment
4 Corey Ledet Zydeco Médikamen Nouveau Electric
5 Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind Behind the Veil
Gulf Coast Records
6 Julian Primeaux Songs For The Heart of Sister Flute
Nature & Grain Music
7 Cameron Fontenot A Tribute to the Fiddling Greats
Cameron Fontenot Productions
8 Leftover Salmon Grass Roots
Compass Records
9 Dean Zucchero Electric Church for the Spiritually Misguided
Pugnacious Records
10 4Horses Live At La Poussiere – Part One Flattown Music
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