Family legend has it that the king of zydeco, Clifton Chenier, saw the very young Thierry's long arms and predicted he would be an accordion great.
New Orleans is gearing up for next week's Fat Tuesday celebration with its distinctive soundtrack of Zydeco music. But Northern California has its own Zydeco scene -- the merging of Cajun, blues, and R&B. It dates back to World War II and the Creole migrants who came to work in the shipyards and to find other economic opportunities. KQED's Rachel Dornhelm met up with a Bay Area musician, one of the few Zydeco ambassadors outside Louisiana at the top of the art form. Reporter: Rachel Dornhelm