This year’s bands include Grammy-nominated Savoy Family Cajun Band, C’est Bon Cajun Band, Grammy-nominated Feufollet, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, Grammy winner Chubby Carrier, Grammy-nominated Geno Delafose, and Grammy-nominated Lisa Haley & The Zydekats!
The Savoy Family Cajun Band plays honed down, hard-core Cajun music laced with an earthy sensuality. In their hands, the old tunes have been revived and returned to new life. Marc and Ann Savoy and their sons Joel and Wilson are strong individual musicians working together to create a tight, intense sound. Maintaining a more acoustic approach to Cajun music, the Savoy Family Cajun Band can nonetheless hold its own amongst Cajun music lovers everywhere, and takes pride in drawing considerable power from four acoustic instruments. Sometimes the group demonstrates the way Cajun music has evolved by featuring the early double fiddle – triangle sound or an accordion – fiddle duet. Early French ballads are added to the program to show other historic elements of early southwest Louisiana.
Geno Delafose is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose. Geno was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father. In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007).
C ‘est Bon Cajun Dance Band
Since beginning in 1995, Lisa Haley & the Zydekats are today the world’s most beloved Americana/Cajun/Zydeco band. Lisa’s blue violin and soaring, compelling “cornbread” voice combines elements of every American Roots genre, endearing this fourth-generation fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter to all ages. She has charted on Billboard and been nominated for the GRAMMY. Among her fans are Keb’Mo’ and Little Richard. The most joyful Americana/Cajun/Zydeco act on tour today! Prepare to catch “Zydecosis!”
Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band
Chubby began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing drums with his father’s band. He began playing the accordion at the age of 15. By age 17, Chubby had begun to play with Terrance Siemien and toured the world for 2 1/2 years, before forming his own band in 1989. Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded ten CDs over the past 22 years of Chubby’s professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May, and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to “continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places.”
Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble