Since the 70’s Louisiana accordion boss man Chris Hall has become widely known through his work with R.Cajun & the Zydeco Brothers. His reputation is such that he was called on by ex Rolling Stone Bill Wyman to play on his album and was also part of the band put together by ex Beatle Sir Paul McCartney to record his “Run Devil Run” album. His own agency Swampmusic is responsible for many tours and concerts of Louisiana artists in Europe and through its work he has spent many hours on the road with guys like Steve Riley, John Delafose, Randy Vidrine, Mitch Reed, Geno Delafose, Sean Ardoin, and Sean Vidrine absorbing their DNA through musical osmosis.With the Cajun Roosters he fronts a powerhouse band on vocals, Cajun accordion, triple row Zydeco accordion and occasional rubboard, all learnt from the masters at first hand.
Hazel Scott’s rhythm guitar, although learnt first hand from the Louisiana masters like Randy Vidrine, has developed into her own style which is both powerful and driving. But it´s her vocals that make her a world class addition to the Roosters´ sound. Described by highly respected musicians in Louisiana as “awesome” “right on the money” and “the business” she has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most authentic Cajun vocalists around.
A fine, award winning, musician, belgian born David Buyle has a rare and uncanny ability to really get to grips with the subtlety of the Cajun style and capture the elusive Louisiana feel. He has studied the masters with great passion and has emerged as one of the few players outside Louisiana who really understand how to get the real Cajun sound. The fiddle is an essential part of Cajun music playing complex rhythms and soaring solos. He locks into a groove with the accordion that forms the driving front end of The Roosters sound. On Zydeco numbers he plays electric guitar or scrubboard.
Has known the Louisiana Cajun scene for many years. During the 80's he went to Louisiana for the first time to do an interview with legendary Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa and other Cajun musicians for a documentary film about the music. From that moment on he has been in love with the sounds of the swamp and has spent his time studying and playing the music of his heroes, writing articles on the music for national press, running his own Cajun record label, and organising the well known German International Cajun and Zydeco festival. As a documentary film maker and TV director of many legendary music shows he has been around many kinds of music all his life. Yet one thing has remained constant, his love and passion for Cajun and Zydeco. He plays bass with drive and soul and switches to acoustic guitar on some songs for a more back porch feel.
French drummer Antoine Fève is a Roosters member since spring 2012. He started playing drums at the age of six. He grew up listening to cajun and zydeco due to a large CD collection of his father, who plays guitar in the french cajunband 'Belisaire'. Antoine then played drums in his fathers band at the age of eleven. He studied drums at Paris conservatory and at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He loves cajun and zydeco drumming but also jazz and roots music.
photos #1,3,4 by Carsten Kattau, #2 by Doug Hennig and #5 by Roland Willaert.