Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers (from the album Bon Ton available on Louisiana Red Hot Records)
Finding the main source of influence right at home, Dwayne Dopsie found his natural pull towards Zydeco music a perfect match for the lessons he learned from his father, Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr. Starting out on washboard as a small child, Dwyane Dopsie moved over to accordion, the same instrument as his dad, a pioneer in the Zydeco style. Bon Tonis the latest release from Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers as they continue a Zydeco lineage, Dwayne feeling that ‘this is my calling, Zydeco music is in my blood and it is my heart and soul’.
Bon Tonfollows its title track onto the dance floor, Dwayne Dopsie the pied piper leading the line into a groove. Opening the album with a phone call urging to put dinner on hold and come down to “Harry’s Creole Bar”, the first cut on Bon Tonhammers out a beat and raises the bar for Zydeco music to head into the future. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers put a beat underneath a sad tale in “Hey La Bah”, greets a “Louisiana Morning” with a duo of accordion and washboard, puts Blues into the slow groove of “Such a Good Man”, and closes out Bon Tonas he laying out personal needs in “Give Me What I Want”. Zydeco is a part of Dwayne Dopsie’s DNA as he seamlessly adds in touches R&B and Blues to fill out his own sound. Bon Tonlets The Zydeco Hellraisers take center stage as the band instrumentally tribute Andree Jones while Dwyane Dopsie sways side to side on the seductive come-on in “I’m Your Man” and finds a solo spotlight as he becomes a one-man show backing his story of “Chain Gang Worker Blues” with just his accordion.
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