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BANDS & MUSICIANS

ZYDECO/CAJUN

A.J. Bellow

drums

Bands: Sean Ardoin & Zydekool

Al Rapone

accordion, vocal

Bands: Al Rapone & the Zydeco Express

Al Rapone & the Zydeco Express

Al Rapone - accordion, vocal

Alan Lafleur

MySpace

bass

Bands: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Alexis Routhiau

violin

Bands: Sarah Savoy & the Francadians

Amede Ardoin

MySpace

The first Creole to be recorded in 1929, with violinist Dennis McGee. He recorded only 31 songs before his untimely and mysterious death but he nevertheless remains one of the most influential Cajun artists.

vocal, accordion

Bands: Dennis McGee

Andre Michot

accordion, lap steel guitar

Bands: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Andre Thierry

Superb accordionist with a fine voice from Richmond, California.

accordion, vocal

Bands: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic

MySpace Home Page

Andre Thierry - accordion, vocal

Ann Savoy

MySpace Home Page

acoustic guitar, vocal

Bands: Savoy Family Cajun Band, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, The Magnolia Sisters, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights, Linda Ronstadt

Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

Home Page

Ann Savoy - acoustic guitar, vocal

Chas Justus - guitar

Eric Frey - bass

Glenn Fields - drums

Joel Savoy - violin, acoustic guitar

Wilson Savoy - accordion

Kevin Wimmer - violin

Tom Mitchell - guitar, vocal

Anna Laura Edmiston

vocal, T-fer

Bands:Feufollet

Anya Schoenegge

violin, guitar, vocal

Bands: The Magnolia Sisters

Bayou Roux

Bayou Sauvage

MySpace Home Page

Gerard Dole - accordion, violin, vocal

Beau Jocque (Andrus Espre)

accordion, vocal

Bands: Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

MySpace

Beau Jocque (Andrus Espre) - accordion, vocal

Ray Johnson - guitar

Chuck Bush - bass

Wilfred "Caveman" Pierre - rubboard

Steve "Skeeta" Charlot - drums

Beausoleil

Home Page Wikipedia

Michael Doucet - violin, vocal

David Doucet - guitar, vocal

Jimmy Breaux - accordion

Billy Ware - percussion

Tommy Alesi - percussion

Mitchell Reed - bass, fiddle, guitar, banjo

Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers

MySpace Home Page

Josef "Big Red" Arline - vocal, accordion

Eddie LeBlanc - guitar, vocal

Pernell Babineaux - bass

Billy Poullard & the Zydeco Combo

Billy Ware

percussion

Bands: Beausoleil

Blake Miller

bass

Bands: Pine Leaf Boys

Bobby Benoit

rubboard

Bands: Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band

Bon-Ton Mickey & the Zydeco Hot Steppers

Boozoo Chavis

Bourbon Street

Brad Paul Frank

MySpace

drums, vocal

Bands: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Brad Randell & the Zydeco Ballers

Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers

Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes

MySpace Home Page Wikipedia

accordion, vocal, harmonica

Bands: Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots

Bryan Allen

rubboard

Bands: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural, Jr.)

MySpace Home Page Wikipedia

Stanley Dural, Jr. - vocal, accordion, keys

Herman "Rat" Brown - drums

Lee Allen Zeno - bass, guitar

Melvin Veazie - guitar

Selwyn Cooper - guitar

Elijah Cudges - rubboard

Nathaniel Jolivette - drums

Patrick Landry - trumpet

Kevin Menard - drums

Michael Melchione - guitar

Gerald Dural - keys

BuzzUniverse

C.J. Chenier

vocal, accordion

Bands: Solo

Cam'ron Ballou

drums, percussion

Bands: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

Canray Fontenot

MySpace

Legendary Cajun/Zydeco fiddler.

violin, guitar, harmonica, vocal

Bands: Solo

Caroline Dahl

piano, accordion

Bands: Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Cavan Carruth

MySpace

guitar, vocal

Bands: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Cedric Watson

accordion, violin, vocal

Bands: Pine Leaf Boys

Cedric Ballou

bass

Bands: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

Cedryl Ballou

MySpace

accordion, vocal

Bands: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters, Classie Ballou, Sr.

Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

Home Page

Cedryl Ballou - accordion, vocal

Cedric Ballou - bass

Classie Ballou, Sr. - guitar

Cam'ron Ballou - drums, percussion

T. Zenon - rubboard

Sidney Pennie - drums

Chas Justus

guitar

Bands: The Red Stick Ramblers, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

Chris Ardoin & Nu Step

Chris Courville

MySpace

drums, vocal

Bands: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Chris Reynolds

bass, guitar

Bands: Zydeco Vacation, Hypnotic Clambake, Kernal Wah, Blac Ocean

Chris Segura

violin

Bands: Feufollet

Chris Stafford

accordion, vocal, violin, guitar

Bands: Feufollet, Racines

Chuck Bush

bass

Bands: Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Classie Ballou, Sr.

guitar

Bands: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

Clifton Chenier

accordion, vocal

Bands: Solo

Cookie Chavis

guitar

Bands: Sean Ardoin & Zydekool

Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band

Corey Young & Zydeco Embrace

Creole Zydeco Farmers

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble

Danny Caron

guitar

Bands: Tom Rigney and Flambeau, Charles Brown

David Doucet

guitar, vocal

Bands: Beausoleil

David Rees

bass, vocal

Bands: Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band

David Rolland

guitar, accordion, vocal

Bands: Sarah Savoy & the Francadians

Dennis Cote

drums

Bands: Kenny Menard's Mardi Gras Zydeco Band

Dennis McGee

One of the most influential Cajun violinists, he began his recording career in 1929 with Amede Ardoin.

violin

Bands: Amede Ardoin

Dennis Paul Williams

guitar

Bands: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Dexter Ardoin & the Creole Ramblers

Dikki Du & the Zydeco Crew

Donna Angelle

Dora & the Zydeco Badboyz

Drew Simon

drums, vocal

Bands: Pine Leaf Boys

Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Eddie LeBlanc

guitar, vocal

Bands: Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers

Elijah Cudges

rubboard

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Eric Frey

bass

Bands: The Red Stick Ramblers, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

Feufollet

MySpace Home Page

Anna Laura Edmiston - vocal, T-fer

Chris Segura - violin

Chris Stafford - accordion, vocal, violin, guitar

Josh Caffery - guitar

Michael Stafford - drums

Taylor Guarisco - bass

Gary Bertrand & A Touch of Cajun

Geno Delafose

vocal, accordion

Bands: Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie

Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie

MySpace Home Page

Geno Delafose - vocal, accordion

Gerald Dural

keys

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Gerard Dole

MySpace Home Page

Parisian who's devoted to Cajun music, sings in French and writes very melodic, lilting tunes.

accordion, violin, vocal

Bands: Bayou Sauvage, Gerard Dole & The Bayou Serenaders, Krazy Kajun, Gerard Dole & Et les Savoie Trois

Gerard Dole & Et les Savoie Trois

MySpace

Yet another of Gerard Dole's Cajun/Creole bands.

Glenn Fields

drums

Bands: The Red Stick Ramblers, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights, Racines

Goldman Thibodeaux

Herman "Rat" Brown

drums

Bands: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Buckwheat Zydeco

Hiram Sampy

Horace Trahan

Ian Hoffman

drums

Bands: Tom Rigney and Flambeau

J.J. Caillier & the Zydeco Knockouts

J. Paul & the Zydeco Nubreedz

Jane Vidrine

violin, guitar, vocal

Bands: The Magnolia Sisters

Jason DeLeon & Cajun Blend

Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys

Jennifer Frank

bass, vocal

Bands: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Jeremy & the Zydeco Hot Boyz

Jimmy Breaux

accordion

Bands: Beausoleil

Jimmy Hobson

drums, percussion

Bands: The Sundogs

JoAnn Vaccaro

MySpace Home Page

acoustic guitar, harmonica, kazoo, vocal

Bands: Zydeco Vacation, Hypnotic Clambake, The New York Klezmer Orhcestra, Solo

Joe Paquin

accordion, guitar, rubboard, vocal

Bands: The Sundogs

Joel Savoy

violin, acoustic guitar

Bands: Savoy Family Cajun Band, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights

John Aughney

bass

Bands: The Sundogs

John Delafose

JoJo Reed & the Happy Hill Zydeco Band

Jon Bertrand

guitar

Bands: Pine Leaf Boys

Josef "Big Red" Arline

vocal, accordion

Bands: Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers

Josh & the Zydeco Souljas

Josh Caffery

guitar

Bands: Feufollet

Keith Frank

Home Page

accordion, guitar, vocal

Bands: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

MySpace

Zydeco mixed with some R&B, soul, rock and a touch of hip hop. They boast that they play non-stop four hour shows!

Kenny Menard

Home Page

accordion, guitar, vocal

Bands: Kenny Menard's Mardi Gras Zydeco Band

Kenny Menard's Mardi Gras Zydeco Band

Kenny Menard - accordion, guitar, vocal

R.C. Carrier - rubboard, vocal

Dennis Cote - drums

Terry Buddingh - bass

Leonard Gill - guitar

Kevin Menard

drums

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Kevin Wimmer

MySpace

violin

Bands: The Red Stick Ramblers, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights, Racines, Balfa Toujours, The Good Ol' Persons, The California Cajun Orchestra, Lost Weekend, The Ray Abshire Band

Kou Kou & the ZydeBeat

Krazy Kajun

MySpace Home Page

Gerard Dole formed this Cajun and Creole band in Paris in 1974; it was the first band of its kind in France.

Lee Allen Zeno

bass, guitar

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Leon Chavis &The Zydeco Flames

Leonard Gill

guitar

Bands: Kenny Menard's Mardi Gras Zydeco Band

Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners

Lil Brian & the Zydeco Travelers

Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers

Linden Smith

rubboard

Bands: Sean Ardoin & Zydekool

Linzay Young

violin, vocal

Bands: The Red Stick Ramblers

Lisa Reed

bass, vocal, guitar, rubboard, triangle

Bands: The Magnolia Sisters

Lost Bayou Ramblers

MySpace

Louis Michot - violin, vocal

Alan Lafleur - bass

Andre Michot - accordion, lap steel guitar

Cavan Carruth - guitar, vocal

Chris Courville - drums, vocal

Louis Michot

violin, vocal

Bands: Lost Bayou Ramblers

Lucien Hayes

guitar

Bands: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Manolo Gonzales

MySpace

bass

Bands: Sarah Savoy & the Francadians, Los Gallos

Marc Savoy

accordion, vocal

Bands: Savoy Family Cajun Band, Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band

Marcus Ardoin & the Zydeco Legendz

Marcus Jack

bass

Bands: Sean Ardoin & Zydekool

Mark Phillips

drums, vocal

Bands: Zydeco Vacation, Hypnotic Clambake, Cherry Gun, Race Car Bob, Norra, The Thunder Gods

Mark St. Mary

Home Page

accordion, vocal

Bands: Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band, Clifton Chenier, Big Mama Thornton, Charles Brown, Queen Ida, Hank Ballard, Dough Kershaw, Barbara Mandrel

Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band

Gigmasters

Awarded the "Best Zydeco Band" in 2007 by Bay Area Blues Society.

Mark St. Mary - accordion, vocal

David Rees - bass, vocal

Scott "gringo" Williams - guitar

Steve Namle - drums

Bobby Benoit - rubboard

Mark Williams

rubboard

Bands: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Maury Rosenberg

accordion, keys, piano, vocal

Bands: Zydeco Vacation, Hypnotic Clambake, Yo Yo Ma, Border Patrol, Shirim Klezmer Orchestra

Melvin Veazie

guitar

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Michael Doucet

violin, vocal

Bands: Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band, Beausoleil

Michael Melchione

guitar

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Michael Stafford

drums

Bands: Feufollet

Mitchell Reed

bass, violin, guitar, banjo

Bands: Racines, Beausoleil, Charivari

Myrick Guillory

accordion, vocal

Bands: Queen Ida & Her Bon Temps Zydeco Band

Nathan Williams

accordion, vocal

Bands: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

MySpace Home Page

Nathan Williams - accordion, vocal

Dennis Paul Williams - guitar

Nathan Williams Jr. - keys

Mark Williams - rubboard

Robert LeBlanc - bass

Herman "Rat" Brown - drums

Nathan Williams Jr.

keys

Bands: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Nathaniel Jolivette

drums

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Nooney & the Zydeco Floaters

Patrick Landry

trumpet, rubboard

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Pernell Babineaux

bass

Bands: Big Red & the Zydeco Playmakers

Pine Leaf Boys

MySpace Home Page

Excellent, extremely upbeat, traditonal Cajun and Creole by Lafayette, Louisiana guys in their 20s.

Blake Miller - bass

Cedric Watson - accordion, violin, vocal

Drew Simon - drums, vocal

Jon Bertrand - guitar

Wilson Savoy - accordion, violin, vocal

Queen Ida (Ida Guillory)

Home Page VH1

accordion, vocal, rubboard

Bands: Queen Ida & Her Bon Temps Zydeco Band

Queen Ida & Her Bon Temps Zydeco Band

Queen Ida - accordion, vocal

Myrick "Freeze" Guillory - accordion, vocal

Poullard, Poullard & Garnier

R.C. Carrier

rubboard, vocal

Bands: Kenny Menard's Mardi Gras Zydeco Band

RaaRaa & Da Zydeco Allstarz

Racines

MySpace

Virtually an all-star Cajun, zydeco and blues band from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

Steve Riley - accordion, guitar, violin, vocal

Mitchell Reed - bass, violin

Kevin Wimmer - violin

Chris Stafford - accordion, vocal, violin, guitar

Glenn Fields - drums

Ray Johnson

guitar

Bands: Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Robert LeBlanc

bass

Bands: Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rockin' Doopsie

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

Roy Carrier & the Night Rockers

Same Ol 2 Step

Sarah Savoy

Sarah, who has a fabulous voice, is the daughter of Ann and Marc Savoy and grew up in Louisiana but now lives in Paris.

vocal

Bands: Sarah Savoy & the Francadians, Savoy Family Cajun Band, Solo

Sarah Savoy & the Francadians

MySpace Home Page

Sarah Savoy, who has a fabulous voice and was born and grew up in Louisiana, fronts this fine Parisian Cajun band that mixes in some country and rockabilly.

Savoy Family Cajun Band

MySpace Home Page

Marc and Ann Savoy, their two sons and sometimes their daughter play kickass acoustic Cajun music with honky-tonk piano.

Marc Savoy - accordion, vocal

Ann Savoy - acoustic guitar, vocal

Wilson Savoy - piano

Joel Savoy - violin, acoustic guitar

Sarah Savoy - vocal

Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band

Home Page

Marc Savoy - accordion, vocal

Ann Savoy - acoustic guitar, vocal

Michael Doucet - violin, vocal

Scott "Gringo" Williams

guitar

Bands: Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band

Sean Ardoin

MySpace Home Page

accordion, vocal, drums, rubboard

Bands: Sean Ardoin & Zydekool, Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin', The Ardoin Brothers' Family Band, Lawrence Ardoin & His French Zydeco Band

Sean Ardoin & Zydekool

Home Page

Sean Ardoin - accordion, vocal

Linden Smith - rubboard

Trey Ardoin - guitar

A.J. Bellow - drums

Marcus Jack - bass

Cookie Chavis - guitar

Selwyn Cooper

guitar

Bands: Buckwheat Zydeco

Sidney Pennie

drums

Bands: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

Snuggles & the Zydeco Showstoppers

Stanley Dural, Jr. (Buckwheat Zydeco)

MySpace Home Page Wikipedia

Stanley Dural, Jr. - vocal, accordion, keys

Bands: Clifton Chenier, the Hitchhikers, Buckwheat Zydeco and the Ils Sont Partis Band

Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws

Steve Namle

drums

Bands: Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band

Steve Parks

bass, vocal

Bands: Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Steve Riley

Wikipedia

accordion, guitar, violin, vocal

Bands: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Racines, Lil Band O' Gold

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Home Page

Steve Riley - accordion, guitar, violin, vocal

Steve "Skeeta" Charlot

drums

Bands: Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots

Sunpie Barnes - accordion, vocal, harmonica

Swamp Opera Zydeco Ron

T. Zenon

rubboard

Bands: Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters

Taylor Guarisco

bass

Bands: Feufollet

Ted Politzer

guitar, vocal

Bands: The Sundogs

Terrance Simien

accordion, vocal

Bands: Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys

Terrance Simien & the Mallet Playboys

Terrance Simien - accordion, vocal

Terry & the Zydeco Bad Boys

Terry Buddingh

bass

Bands: Kenny Menard's Mardi Gras Zydeco Band

The Gulf Coast Playboys

The Magnolia Sisters

MySpace Home Page

Ann Savoy - acoustic guitar, vocal

Lisa Reed - bass, vocal, guitar, rubboard, triangle

Anya Schoenegge - violin, guitar, vocal

Jane Vidrine - violin, guitar, vocal

The Red Stick Ramblers

MySpace Home Page

Mixture of Cajun, Western Swing and traditional jazz from the 20s-30s.

Chas Justus - guitar

Linzay Young - violin, vocal

Eric Frey - bass

Glenn Fields - drums

Kevin Wimmer - violin

The Sundogs

Ted Politzer - guitar, vocal

Tom Rigney - violin, vocal

Joe Paquin - accordion, guitar, rubboard, vocal

John Aughney - bass

Jimmy Hobson - drums, percussion

The Swamp Angels

Tim Hull

tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, penny whistle

Bands: Zydeco Vacation, Hypnotic Clambake, the Fredonia Jazz Ensemble

Tom Mitchell

acoustic guitar, guitar, vocal

Bands: Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, The Blue Rhythm Boys, Brooks Tegler’s Hot Jazz, Lindy Hop Heaven, Double Scotch

Tom Rigney

violin, vocal

Bands: The Sundogs, Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

MySpace Home Page

Mostly very high energy Cajun and zydeco mixed with some blues, funk, ballads and waltzes. Voted Best Cajun/Zydeco Band of 2004 by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.

Tom Rigney - violin, vocal

Ian Hoffman - drums, percussion

Caroline Dahl - piano, accordion

Danny Caron - guitar

Steve Parks - bass, vocal

Tommy Alesi

percussion

Bands: Beausoleil

Travis Matte & the Zydeco Kingpins

Trey Ardoin

guitar

Bands: Sean Ardoin & Zydekool

Tucka

vocal

Bands: Keith Frank and the Soileau Zydeco Band

Wilfred "Caveman" Pierre

rubboard

Bands: Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers

Wilfred Chevis & the Texas Zydeco Band

Willie "T" & the Zydeco Posse Band

Willis Prudhomme & Zydeco Express

Wilson Savoy

piano, accordion, violin, vocal

Bands: Savoy Family Cajun Band, Ann Savoy & Her Sleepless Knights, Pine Leaf Boys

Zydeco Blanco

Zydeco Boneshakers

Zydeco Joe

Zydeco Joseph & the H-Town Players

Zachary Richard

accordion, violin, vocal

Bands: Solo

Zydeco Vacation

Home Page

JoAnn Vaccaro - guitar, harmonica, kazoo, vocal

Tim Hull - tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet, penny whistle

Mark Phillips - drums, vocal

Chris Reynolds - bass, guitar

Maury Rosenberg - accordion, keys, piano, vocal