Zydeco Ray & The Creole Night Riders
Ray Hebert, also known as Zydeco Ray, is one of the last musicians still performing whose history can be traced to the indigenous Creole music of Southwest LA called 'La-La.'
Born into a large family of sharecroppers, near New Iberia in the 1930s, Hebert started out playing the rubboard as a youngster in the pre-Zydeco days of lantern-lit 'La-La' parties. Music was called 'La-La' because they didn’t have zydeco during that time (Clifton Chenier coined this term).
Today, Zydeco Ray and The Creole Night Riders can be found still packing dance floors throughout the area. Hebert still follows in the grueling tradition set by his idol, Clifton Chenier, of playing the entire night without a break, singing and performing for hours. With his trademark toothpick and dark sunglasses, the lanky and good-natured but tough-as-nails zydeco veteran shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.