C.J. Chenier


Oral History Information

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Musician, Accordionist

C.J. Chenier is the son of Clifton Chenier, known as The King of Zydeco. C.J. was always encouraged to play music and fondly remembers his father purchasing a guitar for him at a very young age. While in school, C.J. began playing the saxophone, which is the instrument he played on stage with his father when the two toured together for nine years. After his father’s passing in 1987, C.J. recorded a tribute album, which inspired him to continue his father’s legacy. Since then, C.J. has been touring around the world and recording the Zydeco music his father created.