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Whatta Kind Of Money Do You Like ?

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... comments on the album JUST DO IT:        

Radio ZydeCajun (FR/NL/EN):  On the website we read; “Germany´s Hot_test Accordion-Groove!”, and let me agree with that completely. A very recognizable sound thanks to the accordion playing of Oliver Kraus and professional composition of the entire band...Great album, which we will definitely play a lot on the radio. (H. Mutsaers)

BluesNews (DE): 5SterneBluesNews  5 of 6 stars.  ...you can also develop your own handwriting in this genre. This album is the proof... besides expected traces of Clifton Chenier also those of bands like Los Lobos... the guitarist clearly sounds like Southern Rock,... if necessary it also goes towards Rhythm & Blues. The songs jump at the listener, come very directly from the speakers... and the corona blues? is far away during the 55 minutes of "Just do it"! ...(K. Leitner)

Rocktimes (DE) ... The album is not only very well recorded, but also excellently produced, so that soundwise no compromises have to be made.... Sometimes you have to think of the music of Willy DeVille (not from singing, rather from stylistics)... In the end, a mighty whimsical disc, whereby the band also shows depth in some pieces and it becomes clear that not everything here is seen through the pink glasses. A good mix that makes you want more... (M. Kerren)

JazznMore (CH) ... the accomplished accordion-wizard Oliver E. Kraus, who understands how to write his own original songs in the tradition of his role models. The Rhythm Section Schwarz/Küsters/Dreyfuss-Wilde develops an unbelievable drive - whether it's a two-step, a waltz or a shuffle... What also stands out, besides the varied arrangements, are the great, multi-voice vocals. Party? Bien sûr! But with style and class! (M. Piazzalonga)

Radio Dertour (USA): ... FUN!  I will play more songs in the coming weeks. (P. Hartman) 

Concerto (AT) ... lively, multi-voiced & cool arrangements, 12 own song.. they master their metier, a lot of positive energy, differently dosed and very varied packed... (domi) 

BluesBlastMagazine (USA) ...Confession: zydeco is not my favorite type of music but this is a thoroughly enjoyable album! ..  The title track is a short and sweet invitation to ‘do your own thing’, played to a frenetic rhythm section overlaid with rocking guitar and accordion...“Gros Coup” which mixes French and English and sounds pretty authentic with lyrical references to the bayou...The remaining material is all written by Oliver and includes some straight-up Zydeco tunes as well as other catchy material aimed at the feet...   (J. Mitchell)

Folker (DE) ... rousing, lively and energetic played and sung ... (ah) 

Blues & Co (FR) ...La zique, les tunes et les rythmes sont de petits bijoux de pure zydeco, avec peut être une petite exception ou deux sur des trucs latinos, genre Willy DeVille, bien tournés, et à l’arrivée une déferlante de guincherie qui t’envoie les ripatons aux quatre coins de la turne, te démantibule le squelette, etcf ...(T. Erick)

Blues Matters (GB) ...This is a wonderfully varied set from this driving five-piece outfit, from the straight -ahead accordion-powered Louisiana zydeco of C’Est Tout Y A (though the guitar solo moves it a little closer to the mellower side of 70s rock) and the strutting cover of Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell (C’Est La Vie) to the modern Latin sound of Lleno De Vida! - more than a little Santana-ish in the guitar break, and the swampy, funky The Gator Groove. Many of these songs sound like they’ve come straight out of the Bayou country. ‘Gros Coup’ is just one fine example of what I mean, with its mixture of English and French vocals and relentless groove, but these guys have surnames like Kraus, Schwarz, Klenner, Kuesters, and Dreyfuss- Wilde, so no, this isn’t Rosie Ledet’s backing band and yes, this is a German outfit. That doesn’t make the slightest difference to the listener’s enjoyment, of course. Rock out with the good timing, pull out all the stops title track, or shake a leg to some border sounds with the wonderful Tex-Mex of Una Cerveza Y Dos Copa De Vino, with its hint maybe of Los Lobos. Really though you can’t go wrong whichever of these baker's dozens of tracks you pick, they’ll all bring a big smile to your face and make you want to jump around . And if you’re looking just for the blues, then the closing slow-ish instrumental Last Island, with its tinges of Hendrix and Santana in Volker Klenner’s guitar playing may well provide just what you need. (N. Darwen)

Folkworld (EU) ...a little blues, but a lot more roots-rock of different colour always with one leg in the zydeco . The "Wanderlust" waltz could be the commentary on the pandemic, if it were not always such a kind of band motto... It goes cross-bed: Rock "n" Roll, Psychedelic, Latin, Tex-Mex, the gumbo is dispensed with and instead cerveza & vino is consumed... Love of life and heartbreak. You can groove, clap, whistle, dance, rave: Just do it!  (Walkin' TOM)

Back to the Roots (BE) ...een sterke nieuwe cd. van de eerste tot de laatste noot is de lokroep  naar de  dansvloer onweerstaandbaar. Vooral ook uiterst genietbaar omdat ze de  two-stp pimpen met rock-n-roll, americana, country-rock en tex mex. You  never can tell - een absolute must voor wie het werk van de Texas  Tornados genegen is. Laat maar komen die (Zydeco-) revival. (G. Tonla  Briquet)

Blues&Rhythm (GB) ...straight up zydeco tunes as well as catchy tunes like “Backyard Lady” and “Whatta Kind of money do you like”...guitarist V. Klenner sounds like Dickey Betts...the only cover is a good version of “C’est la vie” with plenty of accordion fills. .. (J. M.)

Soultrain (DE):  ...Great and wonderful musical changeability and the pure desire for music, music making, is also in the foreground here, typical Zydeco as well as Zydeco Playboys: It makes an incredible, almost weightless fun, to listen the Zydeco-primeval-rocks Zydeco Playboys and their new album "Just do it"... beautiful, earthy thing with groove, heart, stomach and upright, at the same time modest gait ...(D. Chuck)  

Germany´s Hot_test Accordion-Groove!!!
Zydeco, Cajun, Rhythm&Blues’n-Latin & TexMex

...The Absolute Real Special Party... since 1994



Oliver Kraus

Riche Schwarz




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Since 1994 playing Gigs in Norway - Netherlands - Belgium - France - Switzerland
through Germany from “Bodensee” to island “Norderney”

Together also with Geno Delafose, CJ Chenier, Dwayne Dopsie, Keith Frank, Lisa Haley, Lynn August u.a. - Link -

Released a few CDs and one DVD

Take a look around - there are plenty of information in the submenus of this site. (click on the rubboards;-)  

TV Broadcast with the Song:
Hey Papa Joe !


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