Over the course of the last 28 years, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas have earned their reputation as the premier Zydeco band in the world’ and they’re still out there working hard on the Zydeco Road. Recipients of the 2012 Zydeco Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Cha-Chas were also winners of the 2012 Big Easy Award for Best Zydeco Band.
Growing up in a Creole-speaking home in St. Martinville, Nathan eagerly sought out the music of Zydeco originators such as Clifton Chenier. The music of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas is the expression of a remarkable South Louisiana family. Dennis Paul Williams, Nathan’s brother, brings his jazz-influenced guitar chops to the band. He’s also a well-known painter whose work has been shown throughout the country. Rub-board player Mark Anthony Williams (aka ‘Chukka’) is their first cousin, and has been with the band since its inception. He is, quite simply, the best there is. The eldest Williams brother, Sid “El Sid O’ Williams, is a Lafayette legend unto himself, and Zydeco would never have survived into the new millenium without him.
Nathan formed The Cha-Chas back in 1985, and since then has brought his unique take on this regional South Louisiana music to all corners of the globe. From Lincoln Center in New York to The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Nathan’s music has crossed all barriers to speak to the very heart of his audience.