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Loco Zydeco
"Time To Turn The Key"
(Flaming Cheese Records)

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When I received Loco Zydeco's newest release "Time To Turn The Key", it was requested that if I were to comment on it, that I "please be brutally honest". Well here it goes... To Be Brutally Honest, "Time To Turn The Key" is one of the best CD's, Zydeco Based or Otherwise, I have heard in a quite a while. Loco Zydeco masterfully takes Zydeco to a whole new level, adding special elements of other blues and even rock n roll into their repertoire.  "Time To Turn The Key" was thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end, in fact, I had to immediately play the last song on the CD, titled "Shine", over again because, I liked it so much, the first time. All whom listened, with me, to "Time To Turn The Key", including myself commented on not only how good they thought Loco Zydeco was as a band, but also on how good it would be to see Loco Zydeco perform live.

Loco Zydeco seems to have that something special that immediately clicks with it audience and leaves them eagerly awaiting for another track to begin... For all fans of Zydeco and beyond, it really is "Time To Turn The Key". I highly recommend this CD and eagerly await their next.

John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)


flamingscheese records is pleased to announce the release of Loco Zydeco's 3rd album, Time To Turn the Key. Featuring 17 original tunes, the album blends Modern and Traditional Zydeco in Loco Zydeco's own rockin' take on Louisiana's spiciest musical export. Zydeco fans will love the more traditional tracks such as "Feelin' Fine" and "Face Down In Plaisance", while those who like their Zydeco with a touch of the Blues, will dig the grooves of "Honey Bee" and "Merry Go Round". For those who like the Zydeco with a little pop, the commercially-tinged crossover feel of "Next Time" and "Shine", as well as the sweet ballad "Christine Lamour", will hit the spot.


1.Feelin' Fine
2.Face Down In Plaisance
3.Hair Of The Dog
4.Next Time
5.Boom Boom
6.Christine Lamour
7.Cloud 9
8.Honey Bee
9.Once Upon A Time
10.Shoot You Down
11.Hey Ma Hey Pa
12.Wrongway Jack
13.Hey Now
14.The Two Step
15.Rollin' Wheels
16.Merry Go Round

Music Samples Available Here

"The music of Loco Zydeco is a great testament to how far the indigenous Zydeco music of Louisiana has traveled. The Canadians have always embraced our music. Loco Zydeco shows how much they respect the pioneers and creators of the genre. They play their hearts out and they do a fantastic job interpreting the various styles within the genre. We really appreciate them for the love they have for our Zydeco music!"

Louisiana Zydeco Legend, Terrance Simien, December, 2006

“This third CD shows the benefits of hard work, a consistent lineup and talent…‘Next Time’ just might get commercial radio play, as might the lovely ballad ‘Christine Lamour’….. There’s still traditional zydeco on the generous 17-song program to remind fans of where they came from, songs like ‘Hey Ma Hey Pa’ & ‘The Two Step’…..I hope nothing impedes their progress, this is a band with a future.”

John Valenteyn's review of "Time To Turn The Key" Aug. 2008 issue of Maple Blues Magazine

"Loco Zydeco is a six person high energy group. The music was not only hot, but smooth and had the entire audience either moving in their seats or standing on their feet, dancing in place."

Washington D.C. based Gary Hayman's ZydE-Zine review of LZ's
Toronto WinterFest performance February 13th, 2003 edition.

"Loco Zydeco kicked the music up more than a few notches last Saturday evening for the Downtown Welland Music Series.... Punchy, infectious rhythms were the highlight of this lively concert of original and covers... The catchy, upbeat rhythms had toes tapping, legs swinging and heads nodding to the traditional tunes that were quite unlike anything I'd ever experienced live before."

Lynne Pepas' review of LZ's performance at Welland ON's Downtown Music Series,
Wednesday July 25th, 2007, Welland Tribune

"This Great White North, Eh" is one of the most stimulating albums that has appeared in Zydeco so far. What a party!......bring this band here soon, please!"

Freddy Celis, December, 2006 issue of Belgium-based ROOTSTIME (translated from the original Dutch)

"This is a very strong album....they present a fine set of standards and originals. Credentials are quickly established with rousing takes on Zydeco Boogaloo and Give Him Cornbread before the first original, I Don't Mind, establishes they can write in the style successfully."

John Valenteyn's review of debut c.d. "Yeah, you right, eh!"
November, 2003 issue of Maple Blues Online, John's Blues Picks.

"14 tracks that are the backdrop for that all night, crawfish fry-up and dance party you wanna have. The washboard is scratchin', the drums are shufflin', the squeezebox is greased and gassed and the party is on. If it's that Zydeco Boogie you like, this will be right up your alley."

Manitoba Blues Society Blues News review of "Yeah, you right, eh!"
Summer, 2004 Issue

"This c.d. really surprised me a lot. All the elements from real South-Louisiana Zydeco are present! These Canadians play it with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Most Zydeco fans will surely love it. This c.d. includes 14 good dance-able tracks by a band that brings a perfect combination of professionalism and spontaneity."

Belgium-based Yves Messany's review of "Yeah, you right, eh!"
January 10th, 2004 issue of Cajun' Corner.

"'This Great White North, Eh!' features 14 self-penned Zydeco tracks......they did a nice job to bring that live feeling (to) the CD......all songs are well-played and have a professional energetic sound......this CD can reach a wide audience. Well done again Loco Zydeco!"

Yves Messany's review of "This Great White North, Eh!"
December, 2006 issue of Cajun' Corner.

"This band is a real crowd pleaser, pushing the envelope in just the right directions to attract crowds experiencing Zydeco for the first time. These were mostly people who had never danced to Zydeco before and they really enjoyed it......"

Gary Hayman's review of LZ's "Yeah, you right, eh!" c.d. release party.
October 31st, 2003 issue of ZydE-Zine.

About Loco Zydeco

Loco Zydeco is a 6 person, high energy, Canadian Zydeco band, based in Toronto, Ontario. Winning over enthusiastic crowds with an energetic blend of contemporary and traditional Zydeco, LZ has created a unique take on Louisiana's most exciting musical export, in all it's toe-tapping, hip-shaking glory.

Les Graham
bass & vocals
Kris "K.K." Walsh
Rob "Bango" Urquhart
lead vocals & harp
Dave The Cat
guitar & vocals
Sameday" Ray Walsh accordion & vocals Mike Menheere
drums & percussion

LZ's first two albums, "Yeah, you right, eh!" (released independently in the fall of 2003,) and "This Great White North, Eh!" (released by flamingcheese records in the fall of 2006,) have enjoyed commercial, community and college radio play across North America. Our third album, "Time To Turn The Key," was completed in July of 2008 and will be released by flamingcheese records in October. Please visit our Music page for samples from all three albums.

July 12th, 2002, marked LZ’s debut at The Toronto International BBQ & Blues Fest. Since then, LZ has energized audiences and made new fans across Ontario and into Quebec and New Brunswick at festivals in Edmundston, Wakefield, Sault Ste. Marie, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, Port Burwell, Belleville, Orillia, Oshawa, Oakville, Aurora, Port Credit, Burlington, Waterloo, Tecumseth, Sparta and Toronto, (The Toronto Jazz Fest, The Distillery Jazz Fest, Celebrate Toronto, WinterFest & Lakeshore Mardi Gras.) Electrifying performances have solidified LZ’s reputation as one of Canada’s most entertaining Zydeco bands with shows often becoming a free for all of audience participation. Extra rubboards are always available for anyone adventurous enough to join the band on stage and upon request, workshops are offered on Zydeco dance or the history of Zydeco.

LZ also performs at private, corporate, specialty, sporting and Mardi Gras-themed events, as well as clubs and bars. Our set list includes original Zydeco, covers of well-known traditional and contemporary Zydeco and our own Zydeco interpretations of popular songs. Info on how to listen to, or purchase all three albums can be found on the Music page of this website.