Sunday, December 28, 2008


Dear Zydeco Trail Ride Listeners,

I wanted to let you know that the Cowboy IS still here.

In fact I will be launching a subscriber podcast to be available in the coming months.

This way you will NEVER miss a show and you can get your zydeco fix.

There will be daily broadcasts Monday through Friday for your listening pleasure.

I will also have artist interviews, 'Zydeco Trail Ride' gear and much more.

I want to hear from you, so drop me a few lines and tell me what's on your mind.

Hit me up with your "Yeah Ya Rights" aka "Shout Outs" under the comments section.

Zydeco is on the rise y'all!

Clarence "The Bluesman" Turner

Here are some pictures of Cowboy'z in-studio interview with Clarence "The Bluesman" Turner on Saturday's Trail Ride 12-27-08.

Also featured is WPFW's Gator and Mama K from the DC Blues Society.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Chicago Parade Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Texas Fred & The Zydeco Cowboyz and Cowgirlz road in Chicago's annual Thanksgiving Parade.)


Dear Fred,

On behalf of the Chicago Festival Association, we would like to thank you for your participation in the parade last week. It was a magical day with great weather and wonderful performances by all groups in the parade. We have been getting many congratulatory phone calls and e-mails on what a great parade it was. We could not have done it without your participation!

Celebrating 75 years of holiday tradition in Chicago, the parade was expanded to three hours and what a three hours it was with great staged performances, boisterous marching bands and fabulous inflatables. The parade was broadcast to an estimated 75 million cable homes across the country on WGN-TV9 and WGN America. If you missed any of the parade, you can view the parade on their website at ; The entire broadcast of the parade will also be available on our website by the end of December. Pictures of parade units will also be on our website very soon.

We would like you to help celebrate our success with us! You and a guest are cordially invited to join us for the 2008 Parade Thank You Party at 115 Bourbon Street on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. You'll get to enjoy:

  • A tasty buffet lunch with open bar
  • Music and dancing
  • A Chance to win great prizes from many of our sponsors in our raffle
115 Bourbon Street is located at 3359 West 115th street in Merrionette Park. Please RSVP through using the link to the left by January 9, 2009. Please make sure to print out the ticket at the bottom of this e-mail for entry into the party.

Again, thank you for all of your efforts. Your support helped us accomplish our mission of producing community events that positively impact the quality of life for the people of the City of Chicago. We wish you a happy holiday season and much luck in the upcoming New Year. We look forward to seeing you for the 2009 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade!

Warm regards,

Phil Purevich
Executive Director, Chicago Festival Association

Peter Smith
Associate Executive Director, Chicago Festival Association

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Who Is "Texas Fred" The Zydeco Cowboy?

"Texas Fred" Carter practicing what he
preaches, to the tunes of Andre Thierry
and Zydeco Magic, at Taliano's.

"Welcome to the funkiest show on the radio … the heart and soul of Zydeco. I’m your trail boss Texas Fred, The Zydeco Cowboy.” This noted line echoes through the mic every time Fred Carter hits the radio airwaves.

Best known as Cowboy, Carter has been on a zealous quest, to initiate everyone within earshot of his bass like voice, into a member of his Zydeco posse.

His passion is to spread the word, the gospel about Zydeco, and the ‘joie de vive’ of the Creole culture in Southwest Louisiana/ Southeast Texas as a Creole griot.

His lecture requests range from inner-city schools to staterooms in the Department of Interior. The reaction is always the same, “What is that music, how do you dance to it, where is it from, how can I get my hands on it?”

A native of Prairie View, Texas, a small black college town northwest of Houston, Cowboy has always been interested in music, history, storytelling and horses.

The Trail Boss of Cowboy Party Time (CP Time) can be heard live every Saturday from 2pm - 4pm on 89.3 FM.

“Zydeco is on the rise y’all!”

This is an adaptation of the article
The Zydeco Cowboy, Riding High
By Eric Brace
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 15, 2002; Page WE06