Chavis, Leon / Heat Is On, The
Album: Heat Is On, The   Collection:Blues
Artist:Chavis, Leon   Added:Apr 2014
Label:Leon Chavis Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2014-04-18 Pull Date: 2014-06-20 Charts: Blues
Week Ending: Jun 1 May 18 May 11
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 18, 2019: The Zydeco Workout
Country Woman
4. Apr 03, 2016: The Zydeco Workout
Don't Work Don't Eat
2. Aug 28, 2016: The Zydeco Workout - Labor day Special
Allonz Zydeco
5. Mar 27, 2016: The Zydeco Workout
Don't Work Don't Eat
3. May 08, 2016: The Zydeco Workout - Mother's Day Tribute
Hey Momma
6. Jan 17, 2016: The Zydeco Workout - Martin Luther King Tribute
Heart Of A Lion

Album Review
Lola Love - Zydeco Lady
Reviewed 2014-04-04

The Heat Is On! The debut album from Leon Chavis is a good solid album. With 12 tracks ranging from traditional Creole music, Zydeco, Southern Soul, R & B and jazz. The Heat Is On is a multi-faceted project that is rooted in tradition, yet clearly incorporate contemporary musical elements and experiences of today's musicians

Track 1) INTRO begins with a funky jam session that let's the world know that Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames are here to stay!

Track 2) Country Woman is and ode to all the women with a country girl attitude. Inspired by a Zydeco Force song, the song has an old school flavor, yet is a creative of blend of traditional Zydeco and Zydeco Nouveau.

Track 3) Hold me Tight incorporates an old school Zydeco two-step beat that you'll hear in on a Saturday night, deep in Southwest Louisiana in Slim's Y-Ki-Ki, Richard's Club, Offshore Lounge, or underneath a summer night on trial ride.

Track 4) Dear Love was one of the first singles released from this CD and became and instant local hit in Southwest Louisiana. According to Leon, he was heavily influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers (one of his favorite groups).

Track 5) Heart of a Lion is a "message from the ancestors" states Leon. That message is to stick together never give up in spite of the odds. "No matter what happens to a guy like me. I'll never give up on being who I wanna be. I'll never give up. I'll never stop trying, I gotta succeed, I got the heart of a lion." The song is an upbeat mixture of Creole and Cajun influences.

Track 6) Hot Girl shows the different influences of different musical traditions of Louisiana that come together to form a hot dance song. The song is a mixture of Zydeco Accordion rhythms, Baton Rouge Blues, and sewn together with a jazzy New Orleans sound.

Track 7) Don't Work Don't Eat is a new song with an old message that everyone can relate to "If you don't work, then you don't eat. If you don't grind, then you don't shine." The song is a lively song with an old school Creole flavor. Leon anchors the song in that old Creole tradition by singing a verse in Creole French.

Track 8) Hey Momma is the heart and soul of the CD. This Waltz is definitely destined to become a Zydeco Classic. Not only does the song begin to show the development and depth of musical talent Leon has, but the song is deeply personal and gives us glimpse into a very personal part of Leon's life.
Track 9) The Heat Is On is the title track the CD and is anchored by Leon's father Joseph "Chopper" Chavis, a respected musician in his own right, and the band's scrubboard and keyboard player. This high energy Zydeco song was inspired by the legend himself, Bob Marley, and contains an accordion hook that can only be described as "sinister."

Track 10) Allons Zydeco (Creole for "let's Zydeco") was inspired by the old Creole tradition "la la music" and Cajun traditions, bringing an awareness of how closely related the musical styles are and how these traditions still influence a new generation of Zydeco and Cajun Musicians.

Track 11) Casinos is a more polished track and capable of a commercial crossover to most people unfamiliar with zydeco music, incorporating musical elements from the New Orleans Mardi Gras tradition of counter hooks and tricky breaks made popular by Zydeco's musical ambassadors the King of Zydeco himself, Clifton Chenier and Zydeco's proudest Creole man, Buckwheat Zydeco.

Track 12) Vas Manger (Go Eat) is the last song on the CD and is a fun and lively original track based on an experience Leon had while visiting his girlfriend's grandmother on a Sunday afternoon.

Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames have delivered an outstanding first CD which you should check out! The future is bright for Leon Chavis & the Zydeco Flames.

Track Listing
1. Intro   7. Don't Work Don't Eat
2. Country Woman   8. Hey Momma
3. Hold Me Tight   9. The Heat Is On
4. Dear Love   10. Allonz Zydeco
5. Heart Of A Lion   11. Casinos
6. Hot Girl   12. Vas Manger