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Cajun music and Zydeco have long flourished as family affairs. Dynasties such as Chenier, Balfa, Ardoin, Savoy and Delafose come quickly to mind Ė and so does the Rubin family. The late accordionist Alton Rubin (1932 - 1993), better known as Rockiní Dopsie, fathered four sons who proudly celebrate his Zydeco legacy today. Three of them Ė David (a.k.a. Dopsie Junior) Anthony, and Tiger Ė lead the band that now bears the Rockiní Dopsie name. And Dopsieís son Dwayne fronts his own group, the aptly named Zydeco Hellraisers, who unleash a supercharged style that is simultaneously traditional, contemporary, and futuristic.

 

With Up In Flames, his fifth album, Dwayne Dopsie emerges at age thirty as an accomplished and important young Zydeco bandleader. His deft accompanists, guitarist Shelton Sonnier and saxophonist Carl Landry, are similarly daring yet equally well-grounded soloists. The bandís fierce groove is further insured by the powerful three-man rhythm section of bassist Dion Pierre, frottoir player Alex MacDonald, and drummer Calvin Sam.

 

ďIíve been playing since I was four,Ē Dwayne recalls, ďand I learned by watching my dad. Zydeco is soulful music, itís old music that you canít teach someone or learn from a book. Iím glad that I stuck with, and Iíll tell you what Ė I think my dad would be very proud.Ē

 
 

 


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