Monthly Archives: March 2017

Performer Bio: Doug Kershaw

Performer Bio: Doug Kershaw

Doug Kershaw is an American fiddle player, singer, and songwriter from an unincorporated community called Tiel Ridge in Cameron Parish, Louisiana.  Cameron Parish is a largely French-speaking area, and he did not learn to speak English until the age of eight. But when that time came around, he had already begun to turn some heads

Performer Bio: Jo-El Sonnier

Performer Bio: Jo-El Sonnier

Jo-El Sonnier simply does not play music, he lives his music.  The music of Jo-El Sonnier is a way of life. What does that mean? It means that his tenacity, relentless dedication, and passion for the artform is deeply ingrained in him. He has been the undisputed “King of Cajun” for the past 25 years and

Performer Bio: Alex Nester

Perfect Songs for Your Thanksgiving Playlist

The mainstream music industry has perfected the “art” of creating singles for the masses, but Alex Nester refuses to conform to the popular and brings us back to the real art of music-making. Alex Nester’s music is described as a hell-hath-no-fury collection of original music. Within her music, we hear personal tales of her trials

Performer Bio: Kelly’s Lot

Performer Bio: Kelly's Lot

Kelly’s Lot is a great ensemble that brings together many kinds of American styles into their music.  Kelly grew up listening to her mother sing, which she would later describe as being her influence to become a songwriter. Kelly’s Lot, led by singer and songwriter Kelly Z, is a great band that is able to

Performer Bio: Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

The History of the Accordion in Cajun Music

Come to the Cajun Blues & Music Festival for great entertainment, and stay for the dazzling and amazing accordion player.  “America’s Hottest Accordion Player” winner, Dwayne Dopsie plays a unique brand of music to which he incorporates a high energy style of zydeco–”a musical genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which

Performer Bio: Lazy Lester

Performer Bio: Lazy Lester

Leslie “Lazy Lester” Johnson was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame back in 2012.  June 20, 1933, near the border of southern Mississippi in Torrance, Louisiana a boy by the name of Leslie Johnson was born. The boy would work as a gas station attendant, woodcutter, and as a grocer–where he would purchase his