O.K., Y’all – this part of my project was a crazy idea – an attempt to give some love to Cajun and Creole musicians I have heard about and/or know personally and who I believe have been influenced by The Blues in their music in some way. If I’ve heard them play Blues or sing Blues – that’s enough. But I know I am leaving a huge number of Cajun and Creole musicians out, many I know myself – but I am counting on all the Blown Away On The Bayou friends and Whirlybirders to help me fill in the gaps – I just think it is cool to have a growing list of local contributors to the music of this dynamic culture who were influenced by The Blues in some way, of course, some more than others. Whether they are “Cajun” or “Creole” – HELP ME, I don’t want to get into that… (PS – these musicians are being listed simply in alphabetical order). PPS – If I don’t have you, or a friend or family member or artist you know should be here on this list or I am putting someone on here thqt you do not think is Cajun or Creole – shoot me – I mean, shoot me a comment below – let’s build this list into a monster list. “Tis Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all…” Yeah you right

Alton Rubin (a.k.a. Rockin’ Dopsie): Rubin was another proponent of zydeco music, playing the accordion with a Blues-inflected style. His music represents the ongoing dialogue between Blues, R&B, and traditional Creole sounds. Born in 1932, Alton Rubin, knyown popularly as Rockin’ Dopsie, was a zydeco powerhouse. His Bluesy accordion tunes kept traditional Creole sounds alive while engaging with modern musical influences, resulting in memorable zydeco jams.
Amédé Ardoin: Among the earliest recorded Cajun musicians, Creole accordionist Amédé Ardoin made influential recordings in the 1920s and 1930s. While primarily known for his Cajun and Creole music, The Blues influence in his music is undeniable. Born around 1898 in Louisiana, Amédé Ardoin stands as one of the earliest and most influential Cajun musicians. His collaborations with Cajun fiddlers like Dennis McGee and emotional songs of love and loss remain timeless.
Balfa Brothers (Dewey, Rodney & Will): With familial harmony in their music, the Balfa Brothers preserved traditional Cajun sounds. Their commitment to culture and heritage bridged the old world charm with contemporary resonance.
Barry Ancelet: Grammy nominated musician for his work with Sam Broussard and a Cajun folklorist here in Louisiana French and ethnomusicologist in Cajun music. He has written several books, and under his pseudonym Jean Arceneaux, including poetry and lyrics to songs.

Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet: Fronted by the legendary Michael Doucet, Beausoleil became synonymous with the evolution of contemporary Cajun music. Their eclectic blend of traditional melodies with modern infusions pushed the boundaries of Cajun Blues, making them global ambassadors of the genre.
Bois Sec Ardoin: A legendary figure in Cajun music, Bois Sec Ardoin was a master accordionist and Creole musician. His music, deeply rooted in tradition, carried shades of Blues influence in its emotional depth and storytelling. Bois Sec Ardoin, known for his mastery of the accordion, was a true luminary in Cajun music. While primarily a Cajun musician, his emotional tunes and storytelling approach resonated with the soulful essence of The Blues.
Boozoo Chavis: Another major figure in the zydeco scene, Boozoo Chavis contemporaneously with Clifton Chenier is credited with writing one of the first zydeco songs, “Paper in My Shoe.” Like Chenier, Chavis’s music blended traditional Creole sounds with Blues and R&B. Born in 1930, Wilson Anthony “Boozoo” Chavis was a central figure in the zydeco scene. His song “Paper in My Shoe” captured the pain of a broken heart and financial hardships with raw emotion and catchy rhythm.
Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural Jr.): Following in the footsteps of Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco modernized the zydeco sound by blending it with rock and Blues. Born in 1947 as Stanley Dural Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco carried Chenier’s legacy forward, demonstrating the universal appeal of the zydeco rhythm.
Canray Fontenot: A Creole fiddler, Fontenot’s music, especially his Blues-inflected songs, preserved the old-style Creole fiddling. His emotional intensity carried strains of Blues. Canray Fontenot, born in 1922, was a master Creole fiddler, preserving the traditions of old Creole fiddling through his collaborations and performances. His legacy endures in the emotional depth of his music and contributions to preserving Louisiana’s musical heritage.
CC Adcock: Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, CC Adcock is known for blending traditional southern styles with modern rock. His sound, rooted in swamp pop, zydeco, and Cajun music, captures the essence of Louisiana’s musical soul.
Cedric Watson: A four-time Grammy-nominated artist, Cedric Watson has breathed new life into old Louisiana Creole fiddle tunes, bringing them into the modern era. His journey led him to explore and master traditional sounds, learning directly from the elders in various Louisiana communities.
Chris Ardoin: Chris Ardoin, hailing from the influential Ardoin family, has modernized zydeco by infusing R&B, hip-hop, and soul elements into this traditional genre. His band, Double Clutchin’, was a major player in the “nouveau zydeco” movement, attracting younger audiences with a fresh take on Louisiana’s timeless sounds.
Chris French: A bass guitar virtuoso with roots in the American South, Chris French’s style combines traditional Blues riffs with contemporary jazz. He’s known for his signature bass lines that resonate with nostalgia and innovation alike.
Chris Stafford: Chris Stafford, a contemporary Cajun musician, has carried the Cajun music tradition into the modern era. His work, while firmly grounded in Cajun roots, incorporates elements that draw from the emotional and narrative power of The Blues. Chris Stafford’s ability to blend these two genres creates a unique musical experience that resonates with both Cajun enthusiasts and Blues aficionados.
Clifton Chenier: Known as the “King of Zydeco,” Clifton Chenier melded Creole music with rhythm and Blues, creating the zydeco sound. His mastery of the accordion and energetic performances bridged the gap between traditional Creole sounds and contemporary genres. Hailing from Opelousas, Louisiana, Clifton Chenier earned his title due to his pivotal role in developing and popularizing zydeco music. His unique blend of Creole and Blues left an indelible mark on music history.
Cookie and the Cupcakes: Formed in the mid-1950s, this Lake Charles-based band played a central role in the swamp pop scene. Their signature song “Matilda” explored themes of lost love, reminiscent of Blues narratives.
David Egan: David was a Louisiana native, discovered his passion for the piano at a young age, crafting soulful blues that spoke of life’s bayou hardships. By his teenage years, he was a local sensation, captivating audiences with weathered vocals and tales of love and struggle. Under the mentorship of Henry “Guitar” Williams, an old bluesman, David honed his storytelling skills. Despite the challenges of late nights and smoky bars, David persevered. His breakthrough came at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, catapulting him to stardom. David’s music was a profound connection, making audiences feel part of his blues narrative. His legacy lives on, a reminder of the magic in music and storytelling.
Corey Ledet: Inspired by zydeco legends like Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco, Corey Ledet upholds the zydeco tradition while incorporating modern musical elements. His dedication to learning from legends like Clifton Chenier’s younger brother and his education in Jazz have made him a versatile and unique voice in the music scene.
Danny Devillier: As a Cajun musician, Danny Devillier’s accordion and fiddling skills have left an indelible mark on the Cajun music scene. His music, while true to Cajun roots, carries undertones of The Blues, infusing his compositions with emotional depth and resonance. Danny Devillier’s dedication to his craft and his passion for storytelling through music connect Cajun melodies with the universal language of The Blues.
Derek Huston: A saxophone master, Derek Huston’s melodies add layers of depth and emotion to tracks. His influences range from classic jazz to gritty Blues, resulting in a sound deeply rooted in musical traditions.
Dirk Powell: A versatile musician deeply entrenched in Cajun and Appalachian music, Dirk Powell’s work reflects a seamless blend of these traditions. His exploration of the musical landscape often incorporates elements reminiscent of The Blues, adding layers of depth and emotion to his compositions. Dirk Powell’s mastery of multiple instruments and musical styles allows him to create music that resonates with the emotional intensity of The Blues while remaining firmly rooted in Cajun and Appalachian traditions.
Eric Adcock: A keyboard virtuoso from Louisiana, Eric Adcock’s craft is deeply rooted in southern genres where Blues meets zydeco and Cajun music blends with rock. His keys have danced on numerous tracks, creating haunting melodies and rhythms.
Gary Usie: A master behind the drum kit, Gary Usie’s rhythmic flair complements melodies and often becomes the driving force in performances. His adaptability spans across genres, making him a sought-after name in music, particularly in Blues and rock.
Geno Delafose: Born into the rhythm of The Blues, Geno carried forward the legacy of his father, the famous John Delafose. His seamless fusion of French Creole tunes with Bluesy undertones captures the essence of the ever-evolving Zydeco soundscape.
John Delafose: John Delafose, born into a family of Zydeco musicians, was a pivotal figure in carrying forward the Zydeco tradition. His music, often infused with Blues elements, showcased the ongoing dialogue between Creole, Blues, and R&B sounds. John Delafose’s accordion skills and his band’s electrifying performances brought a fusion of Creole and Blues that delighted audiences far and wide.
Johnnie Allan: A Rayne, Louisiana native, Johnnie Allan is a longtime figure in the swamp pop scene. He’s known for hits like “South to Louisiana” and his rendition of “Promised Land,” which added a Cajun twist to Chuck Berry’s classic.
Julian Primeaux: A young and talented star in the contemporary Blues scene, Julian Primeaux’s versatile voice and deep Blues roots have earned him a significant spot in modern American Blues.
Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners: With palpable energy, Leroy Thomas, known as the “Jewel of the Bayou,” sprinted through the Zydeco scene with unmatched zest. His music resonates with tales of the Creole heartland, rendered with modern sensibilities, bridging generations of listeners.
Michael Doucet: Founder of the band BeauSoleil, Michael Doucet is a prominent figure in Cajun music. While rooted in traditional Cajun styles, his fiddling often incorporates Blues and jazz elements. BeauSoleil’s innovative approach has helped bring Cajun music to global audiences while preserving its heart.
Michael Juan Nunez: A Louisiana native, Michael Juan Nunez is a powerhouse Blues guitarist and vocalist. His style weaves through deep southern Blues, rock, and roots music, resonating with audiences through heartfelt performances.
Nathan Abshire: An influential Cajun accordionist, Abshire’s music, especially his Blues-inflected songs, played a significant role in shaping the sound of modern Cajun music. Born in 1913, Nathan Abshire’s accordion skills and Bluesy tunes, especially “Pine Grove Blues,” left an indelible mark on Cajun music, making him a seminal figure in the genre.
Queen Ida: The first female accordion player to lead a Zydeco band, Queen Ida broke barriers and redefined norms. Her regal presence on stage, coupled with her soulful performances, crowned her as one of the true matriarchs of the Zydeco realm.
Rod Bernard: Hailing from Opelousas, Louisiana, Rod Bernard contributed significantly to swamp pop with hits like “This Should Go On Forever.” His songs often blended R&B and Blues elements, showcasing swamp pop’s emotional depth.
Roddie Romero: As the frontman of Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Roddie fuses Cajun and zydeco traditions with a strong Blues undertone. His music, sung in both English and Cajun French, reflects the rich cultural history of Louisiana.
Rosie Ledet: The “Zydeco Sweetheart,” Rosie’s entrancing vocals and accordion prowess introduced a feminine touch to the male-driven Zydeco scene. Her songs echo the heartbeat of Creole landscapes, speaking of love, longing, and the vibrancy of life.

Sam Broussard: Sam Broussard currently plays guitar with the Cajun band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. But he is an amazing soloist, and, a Grammy nominated, multi-instrumentalist, bilingual singer and songwriter. He is deeply influenced by The Blues.
Sean Ardoin: Another member of the Ardoin musical dynasty, Sean Ardoin blends zydeco’s energetic rhythms with R&B’s soulful melodies and rock’s edge, creating a unique Creole Rock and Soul style. His album “Kreole Rock and Soul” earned two Grammy nominations in 2019.
Sonny Landreth: Born in Mississippi but raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, Sonny Landreth is renowned for his slide guitar prowess. His Blues-driven style carries influences from his Cajun surroundings, making him a highly respected musician.

Steve Riley: Steve Riley, of Mamou Louisiana, is a widely acknowledged master of the Cajun accordion and its singularly powerful sound. In addition to having recorded and performed with the likes of Eric Clapton, Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, Steve is also a founding member of the Lil Band o’ Gold and the Band Courtbouillon with whom he, Wayne Toups, and Wilson Savoy won a Grammy award in 2013!
Tab Benoit: Grammy-nominated musician Tab Benoit, originally from Houma, Louisiana, is primarily a Blues artist with Cajun influences. He’s not only a musician but also an environmental activist dedicated to preserving Louisiana’s bayous.
Terrance Semien: Terrance Semien is a vibrant force in the Cajun and Creole music scene, infusing his performances with infectious energy. As an ambassador of Creole culture, Semien brings the rich traditions of the accordion and the rubboard to life in his music. His contributions help bridge generations and continue the dynamic conversation between Cajun and Creole musical heritage.
Tommy McLain: Born in Jonesville, Louisiana, Tommy McLain gained recognition for his swamp pop hit “Sweet Dreams.” His soulful voice and organ playing gave his songs a distinct feel, often infused with Blues undertones.
Trey Broudreaux: Trey Broudreaux, deeply rooted in the rich musical heritage of Louisiana, brings his own flavor to the Cajun music scene. His accordion prowess and performances often carry hints of The Blues, adding an emotional depth that transcends traditional boundaries. Trey Broudreaux’s dedication to preserving Cajun traditions while exploring the evocative qualities of The Blues creates a musical fusion that speaks to the heart and soul of Louisiana’s cultural tapestry.
Warren Storm: Dubbed the “Godfather of Swamp Pop,” Warren Storm’s drumming and vocals have been foundational to the genre. His iconic track “Prisoner’s Song” from the 1950s is steeped in moody, Bluesy undertones.

Wayne Toups: one of the most commercially successful American Cajun singers. He is also a songwriter. Wayne Toups has been granted numerous awards and honors throughout his career. He is in the Band Courtbouillon with whom he, Steve Riley, and Wilson Savoy won a Grammy award in 2013!

Jimmy Breaux: Jimmy Breaux is a celebrated accordionist and drummer known for his mastery in Cajun music. For decades, he has been instrumental in preserving and promoting the traditional sounds of Louisiana. Recognized for his authentic performances and deep understanding of Cajun roots, Breaux has not only kept the tradition alive but has also introduced it to audiences worldwide. His name is synonymous with genuine Cajun rhythms, and he remains an influential figure in the musical landscape of Louisiana.

Lynn August: Lynn August is a distinguished American zydeco musician, noted especially for his prowess on the accordion and for his soulful vocals. Born blind, August’s challenges never deterred him from pursuing his musical passions. Throughout his career, he has artfully blended traditional zydeco rhythms with R&B, soul, and blues elements, establishing himself as a significant figure in the evolution of contemporary zydeco music. With numerous albums and performances under his belt, August remains a testament to the enduring spirit of Louisiana’s rich musical heritage.

The Ardoin Family: Hailing from Louisiana, the Ardoin family holds a revered place in the annals of Creole and zydeco music. For generations, their name has been synonymous with the evolution of these genres. Amede Ardoin, a pioneer, laid the groundwork in the early 20th century, influencing not just Creole music but also Cajun music with his soul-stirring accordion skills and emotive vocals. His legacy continued with Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, who, alongside fiddler Canray Fontenot, carried forward the traditional Creole sounds. Over the years, the Ardoin family name has endured, with successive generations adding their own chapters to this rich musical legacy, ensuring the family’s enduring impact on Louisiana’s vibrant cultural tapestry. To name a few: Morris, Gustav, Lawrence, Russell – sons of Bois Sec. Then grandsons, Dexter, Sean and Chris – and RIP Fonzy

Preston and Keith Frank: Preston Frank and his son, Keith Frank, are luminaries in the zydeco music world, hailing from the vibrant cultural tapestry of Louisiana. Preston, with his rich accordion skills and soulful voice, has been a standard-bearer for traditional zydeco, blending its roots with hints of modernity. His legacy finds continuity in his son, Keith Frank, known as the “Zydeco Boss.” Keith’s dynamic performances and innovative style infuse contemporary rhythms and lyrics into the genre, attracting a new generation of zydeco enthusiasts. Together, the father-son duo exemplifies the bridging of zydeco’s storied past with its evolving future, ensuring the music’s heartbeat continues strong and unabated.

Al Berard and daughters: Al Berard was recognized as an accomplished musician from Louisiana, known particularly for his mastery of the fiddle and his contributions to Cajun music. Al’s passion for music and his talent were evident in his multiple recordings and collaborations over the years. The band, Sweet Cecilia, has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Regional Roots Album Category for their album, A Tribute to Al Berard. The members of Sweet Cecilia (Berard’s daughters Maegan Berard and Laura Huval, and his niece Callie Guidry)

David Doucet: David Doucet is best known as the lead guitarist for the renowned Cajun band, BeauSoleil. Over the decades, he has made significant contributions to Cajun music, blending traditional styles with innovative techniques on the guitar. While Cajun music has traditionally been dominated by the fiddle and accordion, David Doucet’s work has brought the guitar to the forefront, offering a fresh and unique voice to the genre. His skilled musicianship, combined with his deep respect for Cajun heritage, has ensured that he remains a pivotal figure in the continuing evolution of Louisiana’s musical landscape.


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