AARP Prime Time Radio is the distributor for Zydeco Nation. Fiscal sponsorship is provided by Deep Springs College and the International Documentary Association. This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit www.calhum.org.
Blair Kilpatrick & Steve Tabak
Blair Kilpatrick, a psychologist, and Steve Tabak, a teacher, are part of the new wave of non-Creoles playing Louisiana French music in the Bay Area. The couple discovered the music during a trip to New Orleans, which triggered a chain of events that landed them in Northern California. Kilpatrick studied under Creole accordionist Danny Poullard, who hosted regular jam sessions in his garage. She chronicled her journey in the book Accordion Dreams. She and Tabak (who plays fiddle) founded the band Sauce Piquante and try to carry on Poullard’s legacy by hosting jam sessions in their Berkeley home. In this outtake, they talk about the swamp tour that changed their lives.