Roddie Romero Trio (USA)

 

"Roddie Romero feat. Lee Allen Zeno and Jermaine Prejean“

 

When three times Grammy nominee Roddie Romero performed with Yvette Landry and Beau Thomas in 2017 at the 'American Cajun, Blues & Zydeco Festival it felt like a showcase. He will return with Lee Allen Zeno, famed bassplayer for Buckwheat Zydeco and Roddie's drummer in 'Hub City All Stars', Jermaine Prejean. They will blow the roof off with this band.

 

      

  

 

Roddie Romero Website

 

Buckwheat, Sonny, Clifton, Fats. Many of three-time Grammy nominee Roddie Romero’s heroes are long-gone icons who need no introduction. Others are legendary local heroes he’s collaborated with for years. Two of them will join him on tour in Germany this fall.

 

As the leader of The Hub City All-Stars for more than two decades, accordionist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Romero has long mined the many influences of the bayou country. Zydeco, blues, soul, Cajun and swamp pop music are his bedrock inspiration.

“I keep searching for a sound as good as that,” Romero says, referencing

the classic recordings he learned to play along with. Romero first led a band at age 12 and recorded soon thereafter, and over the years he’s collaborated with Los Lobos, The Mavericks and many other artists.

 

For his American Cajun, Blues & Zydeco festival performances, he’ll be joined on bass guitar by Lee Allen Zeno, the musical backbone of Buckwheat Zydeco’s Ils Sont Partis Band for decades. Zeno has also recorded with Lil’ Buck Sinegal and Robert Ward. Romero was a teenager when he first heard the bassman lead the world’s top zydeco band through an opening set of blues and soul classics at El Sido’s Zydeco & Blues Club in Lafayette. He’s one of the greatest musicians to come out of south Louisiana,” Romero is quick to note.

 

Drummer Jermaine Prejean is the engine room of the three-piece ensemble. “As I’m coming up with things in a live setting, there are things that Jermaine seems to hear before anyone else does,” Romero says. When he was a kid, Prejean would play his drum kit along with vintage recordings until he could no longer hear the drummer on the track.

 

Romero is interested in a similar musical disappearing act. “I feel like I’m searching for something more creative, more original, but still wrapped in all of this that’s around us,” he says.

 

“The La Louisianne Sessions’ richly deserved its Grammy nomination. … (It’s) a vital, southwest Louisiana jukebox of a record that covers much stylistic ground while still sounding like the same band. ‘It’s all what we grew up on,’ Romero said. ‘It’s all these great musics together. It’s Lafayette.”

Keith Spera, New Orleans Times-Picayune

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers (USA)

Jimi Hendrix of the accordion

 

“America’s Hottest Accordion” winner, Dwayne Dopsie plays a unique, high energy style of zydeco. Dwayne hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world. Although inspired by tradition, he has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and blazes a refreshingly distinct path for 21st century Zydeco music. This singer/songwriter and accordionist has performed all over the world since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at age 19.

Dwayne, born March 3, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana, was the last of eight children.  Dwayne attributes his musical ablilities to his father, Rockin' Dopise, Sr., a pioneer of Zydeco music.  As a small child, Dwayne was  interested in the washboard, but quickly realized he had  incredible talent with an accordion.  He has played the accordion since age seven and states, "This is my calling - Zydeco music is in my blood and it is my heart and soul."  As a tribute to his late father,  the most influential person in his life,  Dwayne plans to record an album of his Dad's greatest Zydeco hits. 

 

Dwayne Dopsie and his Hellraisers have performed in 20 different countries and in hundreds of cities. Because of the energy and power of the music they play, he has been winning different OFF BEAT MAGAZINE AWARDS for the last  6 years for best accordion, best zydeco artist, best zydeco band and best zydeco album.  September 2016, He was  on "Louisiana Rising" with Harry Connick Jr and Randy Jackson, performing their song for the flood victims called "Rollercoaster" which is one of the songs on their new CD,  " Top of the Mountain" released in 2017 .  And most recently 'Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers' was nominated for a 2018 Grammy award, for the Best Regional Roots Music Album.

 

  

   

 

Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
Dwayne Dopsie - accordion / vocals
Paul LaFleur - washboard / vocals
Brandon David - guitar / vocals
Tim MacFatter - sax
Dion Pierre - bass
Dee Fleming - drums

 

"Dwayne takes the instruments and traditions of zydeco to new levels infusing blues, soul and funk with a driving rub-board rhythm. The Zydeco Hellraisers’ sound is relentless, pulsating and funky, easily appealing to fans of all genres.” – Toledo City Paper 

 

He has no competition in his genres, he's the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion . Rolling Stone magazine

 

                                                                       

 

 

Dwayne Dopsie Website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blues a Bebe (D)

 

      'Tribute to the cajun fiddle'

 

Blues à Bébé is a tribute from fiddler Johannes Epremian to Louisiana's cajunfiddlers.

 

Christened with the waters of the Mississippi he has been looking for cajungrooves in the swamps of Louisiana for a Llng time. For songs being written and performed on the fiddle.

He will pay tribute to the masters of Louisiana Cajunfiddle like Dewey Balfa, Canray Fontenot and Dennis McGhee.

Happy sounding two-steps and waltzes telling sad stories of hard work and loneliness.

After fourty years with his band 'Le Clou' he is focusing on pure Cajun with his four strings with a sideorder of Blues on the Dobro.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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