Get a taste of some (musical) Creole cuisine at Beau Jo’s
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” When most youngsters learn music, it’s on a common instrument ” maybe a piano, guitar or violin.
But not Dikki Du.
He remembers being 9, back in Louisiana, and watching his father’s uncle, John Carrier, strumming at a washboard.
“Come here, let me show you how to play this,” Dikki remembers him saying.
That started it all. Soon, Dikki dove right into the unmistakable, fast-paced sounds of Creole culture.
“Zydeco is basically a family thing,” he explained.
With his family, that goes double. His brother, Chubby Carrier, plays with The Bayou Swamp Band, while his father still heads Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers. Dikki leads his own group, Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe (which now includes his little brother, Neal Carrier, on washboard). Every year, the Carrier clan comes together to celebrate music with a three-day festival, attended by a thousand or so fans. Seems to be, when a lot of people hear the name “Carrier,” they think zydeco.
But just don’t call Dikki by his given name, Troy Carrier. Nobody else does.
It began when he was a baby, and he diaper would always be sticky. For a long while, he was Sticky Dikki (his godmother’s idea). As an adult, he got a hilarious haircut ” short on the top and sides, long in the back. People were always asking about it.
“I was like, that’s the Dikki Du! What you talking about?” he’d reply.
With an upbeat drawl, he talked about the soul of his music. Washboard, vocals and accordion ” that’s the base of zydeco. Though it wasn’t popular with his friends when he was a kid, he didn’t care. He started playing with his brother, sister and dad, and never stopped. Over the last 30 years, he’s performed with CJ Chenier and later, a Carrier family band. For the last decade, he’s been heading up the accordion end of the Krewe. He described his work as “traditional” zydeco, with no hip-hop or rap elements. He knows that a lot of people in this part of the world might not have heard this kind of thing live. Still, he promised, their toes are going to be tapping. Their bodies are going to be moving. Zydeco fills people with something. He knows. He’s seen it.
“I’ll tell you what, zydeco in southwest Louisiana has really brought the whites and blacks together,” he said. “It really brings people together, and that’s a beautiful thing.”
He had pride about him, talking about making music for a living. But it wasn’t always this way, he explained. Though he’s been playing non-stop for years, for the longest while, he was struggling, having to work odds jobs to make ends meet. He’d go to work just hating it.
“The love of music was in my soul,” he recalled. “I wanted to play. I wanted to play.”
Then, in the last few years, something shifted. Things started happening. The weddings, the parties, the gigs began flowing. Now, he and the Krewe are able to tour and spread the good vibes of Louisiana culture without being strapped for cash. After 10 years, he can finally say that life is good.
In his words, “It’s like God turned the light on.”
And he sounded so happy he’d stuck out it out this long.
“A lot of people don’t,” he said, “but Dikki Du.”
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