“Earl Hébert’s vibrantly colored illustrations convey the tone, energy, and distinctiveness of Louisiana’s Cajun culture.”
—Midwest Book Review
This collection of vivid, humorous paintings by self-taught artist Earl Hébert takes the reader into the real heart of Cajun culture—the back-road music halls, the small-town family gatherings, and the all-important, spicy, local cuisine. With its evocative text, authentic Cajun recipes, and enclosed music cd, Zydeco Shoes celebrates the joie de vivre of South Louisiana and its people.
About the Contributors
Alexandria Hayes lives in Stratham, New Hampshire, where she founded Blue Moon Communications, a marketing and consulting firm. She first encountered Earl Hébert and his work during a visit to New Orleans’ historic Jackson square.
Earl Hébert was born in the tiny town of Ossun, Lousiana, and began his working life as a restaurateur. Mr. Hébert took up painting as a hobby in the late 1970s. Increasingly successful despite his lack of formal training, he has maintained his own gallery, Mr. Earl’s Gallery, in New Orleans’ French Quarter for more than fifteen years.
George Rodrigue is known worldwide for his Blue Dog paintings. Born in New Iberia, Louisiana, in 1944, he studied art at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Mr. Rodrigue’s paintings are eagerly sought by collectors and museums around the globe, and he has produced several books. His commercial commissions include designing posters for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a print ad campaign for Absolut Vodka.
Kerry Boutté and his daughter Monique Boutté Christina both carry on the tradition of the original Mulate’sR, the Cajun restaurant and dance hall that Mr. Boutté founded almost twenty years ago in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Mulate’sR now has three locations, including one in New Orleans, where fans can sample authentic Cajun cuisine and dance to local music seven nights a week.
The Lucky Playboys make their recording debut on this exclusive compact disk.