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About Zyde-Gator


Zyde-Gator is a 5-piece Cajun-Zydeco band based in Lexington, Kentucky, but don't let the location fool you - when you listen to Zyde-Gator, you'll swear you're down on the bayou. The band includes electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboards but it's the accordion that gives everything these guys play that Cajun feel, whether the music is rock n' roll, R&B, soul, country, pop or straight-up Zydeco.

The members are Jeff Yurkowski - accordion and vocals, Colin Watkins - keyboards and vocals, Lindsay Olive - guitar, Steve Parrish – drums and Jim Olive - bass guitar and vocals. They have all been playing for years in a variety of musical styles, from country to classical to jazz but they became Zyde-Gator for the love for Zydeco music.

Zydeco music comes from southwest Louisiana. It is traditional Cajun folk music with a strong rhythm and blues influence. The name comes from the Creole pronunciation of the French word for snap beans, haricôts and the phrase “Les Haricôts ne sont pas salé!” As the late Zydeco great Rockin’ Dopsie said, “It’s a little jazz, a little blues, a little French and a little R&B all mixed together.” This is dance party music, pure and simple. We hope you take the time to party with Zyde-Gator.

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News & Reviews

Song List

JambalayaI – 10 Express
Cajun Cookin’Dallas Alley
Zydeco HeartToot-Toot
Joe PietreGator Man
Queen Ida ZydecoSaturday Night
Johnny Can’t DanceGator in the Pool
Zach’s ZydecoZach’s Bon Temps
Iko IkoTupelo Honey
Jole BlonRad Gumbo
If the House is a-Rockin'Walkin’ to New Orleans
Willie and the Hand JiveBig Chief
Who Do You LoveWhat You Gonna Do
Midnight SpecialBuck’s Hot Rod
Drivin’ WheelDon’t Tell Your Mama
Mardi Gras MamboSaints Go Marching In
Brown-Eyed GirlDomino
Let’s Say GoodnightBeast of Burden
CannibalsMeet de Boys
Tell It Like It IsMovin’ In, Movin’ Out
Can You DanceThink It Over 1 More Time
I Don’t Know, ZydecoFrankie and Johnny
TipitinoBlue Bayou
Cajun Love SongWho Do You Love
Amos MosesSteppin' Out, Steppin' In
Zach's Bon TempsMidnight Special
Drivin' WheelLousiana Man
Lousiana Sat. NightClub Rad Gumbo
Red HouseUp On Cripple Creek
Gator ManTell It Like It Is
Green RiverToot Toot
Dallas AlleyWalkin' To New Orleans
Blue BayouCajun Love Song
Think It OverSugarBee
Jalapena LenaCajun Cookin'
Hand JiveMemphis
The Promised LandAll Shook Up
Marguaritaville(You Only Got) One Time Around
Satisfy SuzyTipitina
Love My ZydecoCreole Country
Takin’ It HomeJalapena Lena
Red HouseWho Were You Thinkin’ Of
Steppin’ OutThink It Over One More Time
A Little BitWith You By My Side
The Thrill Is GoneMud Bug Rub
Carnival TimeCongo Square
Last KissAll You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down
Proud MaryWait Till the Midnight Hour
All Night LongZdyeco Boogaloo
Drivin' WheelZdyeco Shoes


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