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Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers - Been Good To You (2012)

16-03-2015, 19:55
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Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers - Been Good To You (2012)

Artist: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers
Title Of Album: Been Good To You
Year Of Release: 2012
Genre: Blues/Zydeco
Label: Sound Of New Orleans
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 53:07
Total Size: 124 MB
Covers: Front

01. You Pretty Little Girl (2:29)
02. Everyday I Think Of You (3:28)
03. I Want To Dance With You (2:25)
04. Come Home To Me Darling (3:46)
05. Where Did My Baby Go (6:06)
06. Wonder When You're Coming Home (5:29)
07. I Want To Love You (4:17)
08. Sometimes I Never Want.. (3:52)
09. I've Been Good To You (5:30)
10. If You Gonna Leave (4:57)
11. It's Been A Long Time (5:23)
12. Come On Down To New Orleans (5:21)

Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers: Been Good To You CD. Winner New Orleans OffBeat Magazine's Zydeco CD of the year-2012!

Dwayne Dopsie (pronounced “DOOP-sie”) grew up in an extended family with a rich musical heritage. His father, the late Rockin’ Dopsie, was a giant in the world of zydeco music, having inherited the crown of the zydeco kingdom from Clifton Chenier, the genre’s founding innovator. As a child, young Dwayne first showed a serious interest in music at an age when the instrument he chose to play was still larger than he was. “One morning when I was four years old,” he recalls, “I woke up while my parents were still sleeping and found my dad’s accordion sitting out on the kitchen table.
“I could slide the straps over my shoulders all right, but when I started to move away from the table, I couldn’t support the weight of the instrument. I just fell face forward on the floor, making a huge crash. After that, my dad gave a me small rubboard to start playing on and a few years later, he gave me a small accordion he rarely played anymore; I started just by listening and watching his fingers when he played.”
His first professional experience came when he was seven, playing with his father’s band during Mardi Gras in Lafayette, Louisiana.
“I was still too small to play the full-size accordion, so my dad sat me down on the edge of the accordion case and helped me balance the accordion in my lap. I played ‘Lucille’ with his band backing me up, and when I was finished, people in the audience started throwing money in the accordion case. Before I knew it I had $50! Imagine! At seven, making my first money playing music!”
The youngster’s apprenticeship and training in the zydeco tradition didn’t stop there. At age nine, he appeared with his father on a Dolly Parton TV show and at age ten in a Super Bowl half-time performance broadcast live from the Mississippi riverfront in New Orleans. By 19, he had entered and won a 1999 promotional contest co-sponsored by the Lawrence Welk Resorts, the American Accordionists’ Association, and the Accordion Worldwide website to find America’s “hottest” accordionist.
The same year, Dwayne Dopsie formed his own band, The Zydeco Hellraisers, and set off to follow in his father’s footsteps, remaining steadfastly loyal to the sound of traditional zydeco music while incorporating a multiplicity of contemporary influences.
“Musically, the most important person in my life has always been and will always be my dad,” the younger musician insists, “and everything I do points toward his influence. From the first time I heard him until today, I’m deeply touched by his music, which, for me, is deeply rooted in the blues. So the music I play will always have an old-time zydeco feel to it, but every song is also influenced by new musical ideas and new variations on traditional zydeco rhythms, from South Louisiana swamp pop to mainstream funk, R&B, and reggae.
“I want to keep that old-time zydeco feel to the music, but I also make it accessible to music lovers all over the world.”
The extent to which he has succeeded is clearly reflected by the steadily increasing proportion of international concert and festival dates on his touring schedule. It is also reflected by the unique excellence of his recording efforts, unquestionably crowned by this, his sixth studio album and his third outing with one of New Orleans’ premier label owners and producers, Gary Edwards, whose decades-long body of work was recently recognized by a two-CD compilation of blues, gospel, R&B, and zydeco on the prominent French label Fremeaux and Associates.
“Everything just came together on this one,” Edwards says, “The band had been playing these tunes on the road for quite a while, so we were able to cut all the backing tracks relatively quickly. Then we spent most of our time making sure all the other pieces were just right, all the vocals, the vocal choruses, and Dwayne’s accordion solos as well as the truly outstanding solo contributions from Dwayne’s electric guitarist, Shelton Sonnier, and guest artist Tom Fitzpatrick, a mainstay on the New Orleans jazz and R&B scene, on the tenor sax.
“Everything gelled to create an extremely entertaining recording, and what I’m certain is one of the very best records I’ve ever made.”

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