Matte and the Zydeco Kingpins began their career in September of 2004 when they released their first CD, “Dis ain’tcha momma’s Zodico.” The band then began touring and performing live as a band in 2005. Songs, like “Barbeque” and “Drink a Few” became hits with the locals.
Because of the band’s popularity and appearances at clubs and festivals, they decided to release another CD. In September 2005, their multi-hit “Zydeco Train” was released. From that CD, “Vibrator,” became the number one requested song on several stations like KBON. “Booty Call” and “Zydeco Train” also became crowd favorites. The CD, according to several distributors in Louisiana and seven of the major retail stores, is the number one selling CD in it’s genre of music!
In 2006, the band released two more CDs including their Christmas “Ho, Ho, Ho.” The second CD was titled “Booty Zydeco”! And of course, the hits kept coming with “Santa Claus don’t wear no draws” off of the Christmas CD. LSU fans were singing “Tiger Tailgate Party,” and the band found itself playing at LSU shows and an LSU Alumni party at The House of Blues in New Orleans. It even got the band an email from New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton, who sent a personal email to say he really enjoys the group.
In 2007, the band received a surprise visit from Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin’s lead singer and front man). Plant caught the group’s performance and stayed and danced the entire night. He even visited with the band after the show saying how he hadn’t danced in 10 years and how much he enjoyed the show.
The band plays a mixture of Zydeco, Cajun, rock, oldies and too many songs to list here. Their original songs are well-known at festivals and other events. If you haven’t caught a performance, now’s the time to see them.
To learn more about the festival, which runs Friday and Saturday, visit www.smokedmeatfestival.com, or contact Freddie Pitre at 363-6700.