Cajun accordion, fiddle, vocals
been playing music since I was five and my mother sat me down
in front of our antique organ and taught me a few chords.
(I still have the organ and I still play it). I started playing
guitar at age twelve and joined rock and roll bands in my
high school and college days playing for dances and parties.
college I moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and started playing the
fiddle in the late 70's and also picked up the mandolin and
acoustic bass. Cincinnati was a jumpin' place for bluegrass
and Appalachian old-time music. I played in a really hot bluegrass
band back then known as "Surefire". I also had my own old-timey
group called the "Sunshine String Band". I got to play with
several greats of old time country music including Bert Layne
(Skillet Lickers fame), Slim Bryant, and Curly Fox. I ran
the Ohio State Championship Old-Time Fiddle Contest for several
years and got to meet great musicians from all over the country.
1985 I got really "caged" by Cajun music after getting a Balfa
Brothers album, which abruptly changed my musical direction.
I started playing the Cajun accordion and traveled to Louisiana
and Cajun music camps to learn all I could about the culture
and seek out musicians. In the late 80's and through the 90's
my Ohio-based Cajun band, the "Bayou Hot Shots", performed
throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. I have played
and jammed with the masters of Acadian music: Dewey Balfa,
Canray Fontenot, Bois Sec Ardoin, Delton Broussard, Lionel
LeLeux, Eddie LeJeune, Marc Savoy, Danny Poullard, Ed Poullard,
Jesse Lege, Steve Riley, and many others.
to Houston, Texas in 2001 and started a band called the "Texas
Cajun Band" playing venues around south Louisiana and Texas.
I became a big fan of Texas and Western Swing music after
hearing some great bands at clubs and festivals and especially
after having met Herb Remington (Bob Wills' steel guitar player).
And with some superb musicians who are as crazy about the
music as I am, I formed the band "Grand Texas", playing a
great combination of Louisiana and Texas traditional dance