This young, noted and rising Creole fiddler, accordionist, singer and songwriter grew up in San Felipe, Texas and was surrounded by blues, country and Zydeco music. He moved to Lafayette, LA, and was welcomed into the musical community; he quickly expanded his repertoire and style to include Cajun songs while playing with many of the Creole and Zydeco musicians of the area. He played with the likes of Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys and The Pine Leaf Boys. He is one of those musicians who is ever expanding his experiences by digging around and exploring all of the roots of the music he feels so much for and identifies with. His move to the Lafayette area has helped enormously; there are a huge number of musicians there who came up in the traditions of Creole, Cajun and Zydeco music who are extremely giving of their time to anyone who is sincere. The Savoy family, Terrance Simien, and Steve Riley are all musicians who have been delving into their roots and were more than willing to lend a hand.
On this disc he is playing the old style Zydeco, La-La French music blended with R & B as did Clifton Chenier and Canray Fontenot. This blend is polyrhythmic and blends the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean into that R & B/soul blend that makes it such good dance music. On this disc from Valcour Records he has a top notch band, some of whom play with him in other bands, so there is strength of familiarity in the playing. Of particular note here is Corey Ledet on scrubboard and triangle and Jeffrey Broussard on guitar. Don't get the idea he is only an instrumentalist as his singing is soulful and has a ring of honesty to it. This is a young musician on the rise and his train is growing and gaining power with each day.
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