Roddie Romero (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

 

Born, raised, and currently residing in Lafayette, Roddie Romero lives and breathes South Louisiana culture. His passion for authenticity shows in multiple aspects of his life, from his music with The Hub City All Stars to what’s cooking in his cast-iron black pot. But before the celebrated frontman had three Grammy nominations and multiple world tours under his belt, he was witnessing the magic of Cajun and Zydeco music in his own backyard.

 

Romero grew up in the Southside, which at the time was a rural part of Lafayette. His family had 30 chicken coops in the backyard, while other parts of the city continued to develop around them. He was the youngest of four siblings by ten years, and feels his brothers and sisters played a large part in shaping who he is today. “It was an interesting way to be influenced by what was going on their lives in terms of music,” Romero says.

 

In a tradition that still lives on in the Romero family today, every Sunday they would visit their grandparents in the country. While the adults cooked and socialized, the children would climb fig trees and pick pecans until lunch was ready. After everyone’s bellies were sufficiently stuffed with rice and gravy, they would gleefully gather around to watch Romero’s grandfather play the accordion. When he was finished, he would pass off the accordion to Romero, who would spend the rest of day teaching himself how to play the sounds he had previously heard.

 

“Accordion is my first and only instrument,” Romero says. “I just mess around on other things.”

 

While he considers the accordion his primary instrument, Romero recalls a defining moment where he first discovered the slide guitar. In his late teens, he was in Canada for the Montreal Jazz Festival and heard an unfamiliar sound coming from a guitar. Following the sound, he found himself at the sound check for renowned Lafayette slide guitarist, Sonny Landreth. Hearing what Landreth could produce inspired Romero to embrace Cajun and Zydeco music in a new way. “All my influences are within a 20 mile radius and they still influence me,” Romero says.

 

Eric Adcock describes performing with Romero as an organically creative experience. “He lights the match when he starts the song and then he lets it burn.”

He continues, “The most common theme throughout all of our original material is “sense of place”. And that’s Lafayette, Louisiana.”

 

“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)

Jimmy 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 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 Jimmy Hendrix of the accordion . Rolling Stone magazine

 

                                                                       

 

 

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