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Our gift to you for celebrating 30 years of Zydeco Playboys...

Listen to first digital release of “Brown Eyed Girl”!

Our Van Morrison-Cover from our CD-Album “Superficial Satisfaction?”  (2003)

...30 years Live Gigs - is also well worth a look on our press page ..


What a pleasure, what a joy! 27 years after the release of our debut album "Women's only?" on CD, we now have a review in the U.K. for the digital first release.  The magazine "Blues in the South" writes in its current December 2023 issue:



Digital first release of our debut album "WOMEN'S ONLY?" on 13th October 2023 - SmartLink

The widespread wisdom "if you don't release your music digitally, you don't exist" is something we've been hesitant to follow so far. But since a repress of the album as a CD would not really make sense anymore, we have now released it for the pirate - er I mean - streaming platforms.

Listening to it brings back memories of our Sturm- und Drang time at the end of the nineties. The original release was on 1996.

There were excellent international reviews right at the beginning - click here

So - streamed-a-lot  and as always: Any reactions are welcome!


Iko Iko - digital first release!

As a tribute to Will Lindfors, our late drummer & washboard player, we released the song Iko Iko on August 10.Will played here not only drums but also vibraphone.

...WILL will be a part of our heart....

Available here and other places: SmartLink overview

iTunes - AppleMusic - AmazonMusic - Spotify - Deezer - Youtube
Any reactions are welcome!


Sad News - our longtime drummer+percussionist Will Lindfors passed away at the end of 2022! We have only now noticed it. He had moved to the Netherlands a few years ago. Will was there from 1999-2005 and recorded half of the songs on the album "Superficial Satisfaction? ", including vibraphone on the song Iko Iko !!!.
He also performed with the washboard on our TV video "Hey Papa Joe", which he also played very energetically live!

Link zu TV-Video Hey Papa Joe!


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new Digital-Single “Voodoo in the Bayou (Roots-Version)” !!!

released 20.Jan.2023

In December 2022, we looked at the past year. What madness, what Voodoo worldwide! We said to ourselves, the previously unreleased recording of the Roots version of Voodoo in the Bayou fits like a glove...

iTunes   -    AppleMusic     -    Amazon     -    Spotify   -   Deezer   -  Youtube

This roots-version of voodoo in the bayou was an outtake from our 2003-album “Superficial Satisfaction?”.  Oliver laid his accordion aside and grabbed the guitar, organ and other keyboards.

Feel free to write us your opinion about the song or Voodoo in your environment.


We are looking forward to another great review  from France 

from the Blues & Co Magazine, Issue 100 June 2022. 





Read also full article on our CD-Site click here





LIVING BLUES RADIO CHARTS - APRIL 2022. Top 25 blues albums from Radio Banda Larga (RBL), Turin, Italy

Check also CatfishBlues from Edoardo Fassio



We are looking forward to another great review  from Belgium from the Back to the roots Magazine, Issue December 2021. 

Read also full article on our CD-Site click here










Video-comment from BluesBlues (GB)

...they show the energy in the video that has made them one of Europe's top Zydeco bands. You can see what I mean here:



Also the BluesBlastMagazine (USA) writes currently about the band and the album “just do it” :




We are looking forward to another review from GreatBritain from the BluesMatters! - Magazine  :


and also from Austria CONCERTO Magazine:


See here  “making-of” views of our first video-production :


We are really excited ourselves how the video will be - after cutting and finishing itself...


Friends of optical entertainment: We are shooting our first real Musicvideo!

What-How-Where is not betrayed yet. Let's see what we get on the screen ...

Quite a bit exciting everything. On Sunday we will do it.


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Top5-Album in October at JB News Radio https://www.jbnews.eu/JBNews-Top-Five-Alben-des-Monats  Songs were played on Live-Stream or every thursday from 20:00 - 22:00 on  "JBNews Aktuell" at Laut.fm und Phonostar. (..play “the most actual" Blues from Deutschland / Schweiz / Österreich /Holland)

soultrain wrote also a long review, click on Logo to read

...first comments on the album:

BLUES NEWS (107) - Most important Bluesmagazin in Germany


Good Times Magazin write relayed to JPC Rezensionen-Comment:


It is done:  JUST DO IT is born for the whole world.

We are proud of. Not just for the songs & sound, also by the nice optic with mat paperwork The CD includes all lyrics, nice fotos, 20 pages booklet, and the Digipack itself with a small flipbook-effect.

That looks good in your shelves! Even if you don´t have a cd-player anymore, haha!

If you a part of the streaming-generation - don´t hesitate to donate us a coin. It would be a great delight , we would be looking for. Especially these days where no live-gigs necessary. Thanks in advance.


Our new Distribution for CD in Germany, and Digital worldwide:
  TIMEZONE records & distribution.

Therefore please notice the  release-date:     9.9.   


We are excited to announce our NEW ALBUM “Just do it”!

It will be a 6-pages-Digipac with 20-pages-Booklet and contains more than 54 minutes music.

Oh my god, we had no new release for so many years. But we promise on our honor this CD will be a haptical, optical and - of course - musical joy and pleasure for you. Our guitarist Volker called it as “jewel”...


CD Teaser here.


Pre-Order here.

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Through the grapevine ...
.. it is rumoured that a mixdown-studio in SouthGermany received ready-recordings for a new album….

Yes, trackinglists and rubboards... tell the truth


Lookin´ back - you will see clear signs about making music recordings

A lot of accustic instruments, but no screens-mouses-macs-or-pcs..

...maybe a kind of insanity or insane talent...?

... or just musicians playing from the heart & soul...?


We promise in 2021 there will be Hot Music News from the Zydeco-Playboys !


Fotos from ZydecoZity2019  click here

Hear it the ZydecoZity-Radio-Show SlogFM with us

our growing Youtube-Link-Page as soon with new videos

Hei-hoo - our fifth engagement at Europes biggest Cajun&Zydeco-Festival in May, 24-26th!

We are proud to be there - at Raamsdonksveer in the Netherlands, so called ZydecoZity from Europe!

Do no harm - come in to the great Cajun&Zydeco-Famil and have a good downsouth-meal and a fantastic musicparty

We play on Friday and Saturday. Click Programmicon to get full information about programm and festival.


25 Years Band-Anniversary

Oh my god, so young and good-looking! We tell you the reasons why -  just the best Down-South-Music, dancing as long as you can, doing just selectet gigs, just honest smalltalk with our fans, just the best healty food and much drinking. We are not shure to do this additional 25 years, too. But we try our best!



Impression of a gig in Switzerland 2018 :

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A real long way of persuasion was necessary: Yes, we are on facebook now.


Besides our brandnew songs we are arranging these days there are additional news on the optical side: Live on stage 2017 with doing the things by heart and energy - like ever. Check out our topical Photo-Gallerie. 

Special thanks to Henry Graffmann


Yes-ah , some Youtube-Newies to hear & watch from 2016 and 2017-Gigs.





There are sad-sad news to pronounce:
Buckwheat Zydeco passed away! The biggest star of the actuall Zydeco-Scene (real name: Stanley Dural, Jr.) died at September, 24th. A great sadness in our frame of mind. He was also our and  Olivers greatest influence. His stile influenced generations of zydeco-musicians and therefore the development of the modern Zydeco.

“Hey Buck, we know you will bring them all a good portion of positive Zydeco-Spirit in heaven!”


Our Gig on stage - marveling at the city´s Idstein architecture:


Actuall Oliver is nominated for the German Blues Awards 2014.
Hi es one of 5 nominated Musicians. The winner is who get the most votes online. Please vote for him between 1th July and 31th July - just go on:

http://voting.blues-baltica.de    Category: Instrument sonstige

Only your eMail is nessecary. Thanks a lot!!!


Second stations was Europeans greatest Zydeco-&Cajun-Festival in Raamsdonksveer / Holland. Over the years we stayed there the fourth time! ZydecoZity is really a coming home to the familiy. Cajun-Food, great Festivaldeco, with Bands round from the globe - you feel like in the heart of Zydeco-Homeland.
(Foto: fotostudio27.nl Angelina Swart-Siemons)



On our Mini-Euro-Tour we met CJ Chenier & his red hot Louisiana Band in Zurich/Switzerland. An extremly positiv nad nice Guy. Also his Bandmembers. After it was clear that his Gear from his announced Rider was not available he plays with Olivers Monitorgear brought himself. Both bands played two great sets at the great Albis Gütli Schützenhaus. The audience sat on different flats and a lot of display and digital equipment show all what happended on stage. Really cool ..


We gotta have a new Rubboard- and Percussion-Man Guido Beck! And with him some good new pics, too.

...more of them in a little while..


TV-Broadcast with the Zydeco-Playboys!



TV-Broadcast with the Zydeco-Playboys!

You can see us in the german-TV-Show “Expedition in die Heimat”

Friday,June 28. at primetime between 20.15 - 21.45

We do the video-shooting at last weekend. It was a great experience and we have a lot of fun doing this. So we are looking for to see it in the show.


Yeah, we recorded the Live-Basics for 14 Songs in the Recording-Studio in March 2012..


Nowadays we are working on new Songs. The Recording-Studio is booked inr January 2012, so we shifting gear for good staff...


First time we will play in Norway. We are looking forward of course. Dalane Blues Festival in Egersund invites us. .


Demo-Teaser on Youtube: Click here


We proudly present: Our first DVD  “Live at Zydeco-Zity”.

Many thanks to Jo, Eric and Stephen at Swampstudio in Raamsdonk.

New DVD-Site - click here


Our new Youtube-Site - check it out Link


A little Zydeco-Youngster is born: Luis Kraus stays on this world since February. He is unable to decide between Cajun and Zydeco yet ... And Papa is lookin´ for cradle songs and other lullabies for his accordion :-


At these days we are in the Netherlands to produce our first DVD from a formerly Live-Concert. We are excited... Maybe in October we will have it!


Meeting Flaco Jimenez. Grandmaster of TexMex/Conjunto, 5-fach Grammy-Winner & Memeber of Texas Tornadoes. What am I lucky to meet him and hear him 2008 in Germany!


Uahh cool - on top of the newspaper BN DeStem. It looks great if you look into your on face at the newspaper-stand ;-)


We are proud to be here ( the THIRD TIME ! ) - at the heart of European Zydeco - the ZydecoZity with his festival in Raamsdonksveer.

Get more infos:  link

Use the moment - use the nights - and come to the biggest festival of Cajun & Zydeco!





Looking back with the new CD “The Melting Pot Collection” - released in December. 20 Songs from 1993 - 2005 - most of them unreleased. Songs from all the different phases of the band. A CD for fans.

Click here for full details

Just 10 EURO !!!  (plus shipping). Paypal is also possible.

Attention - just a few traditional Tunes ;-)


Hey, we got new Fotos from the Band - check out link and following link.

Also you can see “newes” at the Fotogalery-Series at link

Zydeco-Playboys goes Digital!

We proudly present our first Digital-CD-Release “Red means Fire”. For all iPod-Users and MP3-Fans - click here for a list of Shops!



18 Songs, with one unreleased Song “BayouParty”

Released in June, 2007


A new European Cajun- & Zydeco-Sampler is out:

The 2007-edition shows a lot new Bands and Songs from the growing European Scene. The CDs are available here at our website. CZS-III

Thanks a lot to producer Michael Bentele.

Released in June, 2007

Interessted in some Workshop, Video/DVD or Filmtips? Click here for (zydeco) and (others)


We have a new Website-Hoster - and we got SPAAACEEE now. So there are a lot more things for you to download. First we have MP3-Files on our own Site hier, actual Bandfotos and in near future more Pictures. At first here´s a joke-film you have had seen if you want to plan cooking crabs!!! (mpg-file 1 MB)


Find out where you can get our music in your country - see a list of shops where you can buy our CDs:   Click here!


A brandnew Sampler - ShowBizBlues - presented by bluesnews & dude records.

Special Price - 5 Euro !!! (plus packaging)

with our “Voodoo in the Bayou” - SwampRhythm & Blues-Number.

Others e.g. BB & Blueshacks, Memo Gonzales & Bluescasters, Abi Wallenstein and many more...

A great Germany compilation with an extrem high standard of all productions. Blues is still alive in Germany - more then ever...

Yep - we have a new guitarplayer: Volker Klenner.
He´s a Bluesman but played also many other kind of music in his career. He had also recorded a CD with the Bruce Katz Band.

Click here for personal informations of Volker.

So we are on rehearse in the coming wintertime ;-)

Oh yeah, we have a official Version of Los Lobos “Let´s say goodnight” for Germany for our recorded but not published german version “Schlussende, Aus, Vorbei!”. It takes time to get that. Perhaps on our next CD?


These days we rehearse and arrange new songs. Some of that, Oliver says, have more Cajun-lyrics then ever in Zydeco-Playboys . Yeah, it´s really difficult for shure, but with Daigle´s Cajun self taught, Dictionary & Audiotapes we learn more and more about that. Thanks to Internet - we have also found a issue of Yé Yaille, Chère! from.from Francois. So - we try our best...



The tourposter

Dirty Linen - Folk and World Music Issue Oct./Nov. 2004:

Take a pinch of C.J.Chenier, a spoonful of vintage Nick Lowe, stir in a dollop of Los Lobos, bake ‘em in a German oven - and the resulting concoction is Zydeco-Playboys. Half the fun in listening to C-Z recordings froma halfway across ghe globe is seeing how badly the rules are bent. In the case of the Zydeco Playboys’ splendid “Superficial Satisfaction?”, the rules are not only bent but mangled, contorted, and frequently meltetd into an oozing glob. Accordionist Oliver Kraus, with Old-World stylings (“Into the Zydeco”, What youß´re awaitin´ for”) will never be accused of being the next Keith Frank knockoff. But if anything, he´s closer to a Leon Sam, as evidenced by “Chili Boogie”, a relentless piano-note frenzy fueled by country-twangin´ guitars and a blistering organ attack. A couple of tunes (“Vamos Danzar Tejano”, “Oh Rosalina”) reveal Kraus`predilection for hoppin´conjunto music. Granted, with his liberal sensibilities, Kraus may not be placating any purist notion, but it totally works from a dance sensibility, mainly due to the crafty arrangements, infectious melodies, endless hooks, effects, and surprises. Witness the cool riding organ of “Let´s talk about” or the tribal beating and slinky organ on “Iko Iko”. If this fails to entice you to dance like nobody´s watching, then maybe you´re like the grouchy German: a real sauerkraut.


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