Any Zydeco recommendations?

I recently drove from New Orleans to Monroe, La., and was reminded of this music on the rental car radio. I'd like to explore music in this style. Please give me some help with material that is available- I particularly like live recordings.

Thanks in advance for all suggestions.

Putomayo Presents Zydeco is a terrific sampler and introduction. Then individual cds by the artists represented there. If you don't like Rosie Ledet's You're No Good For Me ("I want you so bad, I want you so bad, and Baby, that ain't good"), you must be dead.
Steve Riley does play more cajun than Zydeco, but that's a line that can be hard to distinguish. I'm not from cajun country, but Riley's music has the drive that I associate with Zydeco. And he definitely does play some zydeco.

I see zydeco as a sub-genre of cajun in much the same way as R&B or early rock is a sub-genre of blues. What Clifton Chenier did to develop Zydeco from Cajun is much the same thing that Muddy Waters did to delta blues when he moved to the city and went electric. Make it faster and louder so the dance floor goes nuts. Maybe add a drum kit or a sax and mix up the traditional sounds with some other genres. Most music ends up bluring into an mixture of the styles that influenced the various players.

If we're moving on to cajun then I can't help but recommend the best known cajun band, BeauSoleil.

One comment on Audiohorn's list, the last 2 artists, Terrence and Buckwheat, are great musicians and started playing zydeco, but IMHO have moved so far from the roots that I would not recommend them as a way to learn the genre. You may like them, but I like to learn where the music first cam from before exploring the fringes of a style.

By the way, I highly recommend seeing Beau Jacques too.
Lots of energy and a respect for the original sound. Also, I'm not sure if Clifton's son C.J Chenier is still playing, but his band gets the zydeco groove going too.
Beau Jocque (note the spelling of the pseudonym) died in 1999. Can't see him.
Just a thanks to all of you. I have purchased works by all of the artists mentioned and am enjoying them all. This takes me out of a rut.

Here is a true "small world" story. This afternoon, a rather sophisticated looking young woman who works for a snotty architectural firm came to our Miami, Florida office for a consultation. Shortly after she began her presentation in the office next to mine, the Putumayo Zydeco CD I ordered arrived in the mail. Being a dedicated worker,I immediately put it in my computer and gave it a good listen on the four speaker / subwoofer setup.

Instead of immediately leaving, she lingered until everyone dispersed and told me she liked the music. As I am now a so called expert, I told her it was Zydeco, and she laughingly replied that she was familiar with the artists-turns out she is a Cajun from Lafayette.

How about that!

She recommended the Grant Street Dance Hall in Lafayette. I will give it a visit soon.
Another great performer and recording artist in this class that I hadn't seen named is Zachary Richards. He does the squeeze box and the singing with a cajun band -- Excellent!