They’ve become one of the most sought-after acts playing along the Gulf Coast, and on any given weekend you’ll find JAMIE BERGERON & the Kickin’ Cajuns performing at most festivals, corporate events and clubs.
A veteran EMT-Paramedic with Acadian Ambulance, Jamie is a life-saver, singer-songwriter, accordion player and just a real charming guy!!! Their fans, both young and old, are some of the most devout… always at the shows, buying CDs, T-shirts and whatever else they can get their hands on.
The band’s got seven CDs in their catalog, including the recently released “COMIN IN HOT”. They’ve been featured on MTV, The Food Network and the Discovery Channel. There’s no way to really explain why or how, you’ve just got to experience it for yourself, to understand what everybody’s talking about. And before long, you too will be saying, “I Know Dat’s Right!!!”
Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1971 in Eunice, Louisiana) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as “Nouveau Zydeco”. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player, John Delafose.
Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father’s band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player and continued to play with the band until his father’s death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.
In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin’ Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody’s Dancin’ in 2003. He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records.
He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album” category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007). He lives in Duralde, Louisiana near Eunice where he operates his Double D Ranch raising cattle and horses. He also holds fan appreciation parties annually.
The Heath Ledet Band has a Cajun New Orleans style with a funky blues rhythm. Front man, Heath Ledet, pushes with strong, true, down-on-the-bayou vocals.
A native of Bayou Lafourche, his love for music began at an early age. Inspired by his parents, he picked up a guitar at the age of 8 and began playing and writing music.
“When I was a young boy I would watch my father, Mel Ledet Jr., play guitar and sing with such true emotion. I always dreamt of being able to capture time as he did in his performances. Somehow he had and still has the ability to, as I like to call it, stop the clock. His emotions would take over and the last thing you were thinking about was time! As I began to get older, I started to experience shorter versions of these “stop the clock” moments while practicing. I soon figured out when I let my soul take over I could lose track of time and everything else besides playing guitar and singing. It was then when I realized exactly what I wanted; even though I couldn’t get it every time or more less in front of people.
I began playing with my brother, Mel Ledet III, and friend, Darrell Theriot, every chance I had. We spent many days and nights making a lot of noise but that was the extent of it. Hell, it made us feel good!! As time passed, I got stuck in a rut playing the same old songs over and over. I wanted more but didn’t know how to go get it! Some of my musician friends were in the same boat. I put aside my guitar for about 8 months and didn’t have any desire to play. At that time my brother, Mel, invited me to a festival called Voice of the Wet Lands (VOW) in Houma, Louisiana, where he was taking part in a cook-off team. He raved about the music and how much he loved the festival.
The following year, Mel planned for us to take our pig cooker out to the same festival and rotisserie a few, 300lbs pigs. Since I love to cook I jumped all over it!! I was blown away by the experience of the festival!! Watching Mike Zito rip it down with Jimmy Hall putting the harp in your face along with the killer vocals of both, brought out such beauty that it took my breath away! Tab getting up and jamming with Louisiana La Roux was out of this world! I kept thinking, ‘Man, it would be awesome to be good enough to get on that stage’.
I couldn’t wait to get home and pick up my guitar! Boy that sure did turn into a huge disappointment! I wanted to break it to pieces! I thought it was the guitar because I went to the guitar shop and bought a new guitar and amp. It sounded great while I was playing the same old things I had been playing for years but there was still something missing. I decided right then I was not going to play any more cover songs. I was going to search for the fresh start I needed.
Around that time, Darrell Theriot came to me with a book called THE MUSIC LESSON – A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music by Victor L. Wooten. All I can say is it was the best thing I have ever read. It changed my life!! It had all the answers I had been looking for right there! I took Mr. Victor’s advice and started to play along with some of my favorite musicians. I popped in some Jonny Lang and attempted to play.
For two years I didn’t play any cover songs for anyone. I just played the things I wrote and would practice alongside the musicians I truly respected. Hooked on the “VOW” Festival, we continued to cook every year and became friends with some great people! One night after planning another festival named the T-Bois Blues Festival in Larose, Louisiana, Ruben Williams popped in to say hello. Ruben manages the VOW entertainment along with many other festivals and great musicians. Not knowing I played music, he began to look around and take notice of all of my instruments lying around. When he realized they were mine he said, “I have known you now for a few years and didn’t know you were into music!”
Before I knew it I had a guitar in my hands. Mel was playing drums and Ruben was hopping around on different instruments! We were jamming out!! Soon after that, I got booked to play at T-Bois Blues Festival which was only a few months away at the time. After playing there I was given the opportunity to open Saturday’s music show at a very special festival. Yes, the one and only “VOW” Festival!! My dream!!! I got hooked up with Pershing Wells, the owner/producer of Digital Sac-a-Lait Productions in Houma, Louisiana and began working on my first album “Chasing My Dreams”. Working with Pershing was one of the best experiences of my life! I recommend Digital Sac-a-Lait Productions to anyone who is looking for nothing less than professional.”
The Stringbenders are an exciting 5-piece band (located in the Houston Gulf coast area) playing the best of classic country, Cajun, Zydeco and TexMex styles, including a bit of rock n roll to provide everyone with a great evening of entertainment.