PERFORMING AT THE 2013 CAF
Formed in 1989, Motor Dude Zydeco plays zydeco — the infectious dance music of the Creole people of Southwest Louisiana. Led by Lake Charles, Louisiana native R.C. Carrier (vocals and rub board) and Billy Wilson (accordion), the band has performed for enthusiastic audiences in clubs, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.
The band took its name from Motor Dude, a horse owned by the late, great zydeco accordion wizard Boozoo Chavis. With the blessings of Mr. Chavis, the band rode off with the name Motor Dude and more than a little musical guidance. Over the years the band has taken Mr. Chavis’ words of wisdom to heart, “If you do something long enough, it gets good!”
Based in the zydeco tradition, Motor Dude Zydeco utilizes piano accordion, button accordion, rub board, guitar, bass, drums and vocals to create its distinctive sound. Many of their songs are sung in Creole French. The quintet’s irresistible rhythms and high-energy performances are guaranteed to fill any dance floor.
In February 2005 Motor Dude Zydeco was honored as the Zydeco Band of the Year by the Bay Area Blues Society.
Billy Wilson, Accordion: Cajun and Zydeco music veteran Billy Wilson has performed with such notables as Danny Poullard & the California Cajun Orchestra, Dewey Balfa, D.L. Menard, Marc Savoy, Michael Doucet, and John Delafose. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Billy plays bass, guitar, fiddle, ukulele, and steel guitar as well as piano accordion and button accordion. Billy formed MotorDude Zydeco in October 1989.
Lloyd Meadows, Vocals, Rubboard, and Harmonica: Singer Lloyd Meadows is a consummate crowd pleaser. His charismatic energy galvanizes audiences wherever he performs. Lloyd's soulful vocal stylings range from zydeco, rock, blues, and R&B, to standards. His music resume includes performances and recordings with Mal Sharpe's Big Money, Tom Rigney, the Zydeco Flames and Elvin Bishop.
John Graham, Guitar: A twenty-year veteran of the Bay Area music scene, John is also a founding member of MotorDude Zydeco. In addition to playing guitar with Superior Angels gospel group and rock star Bruce Springsteen in a band called Earth, John has performed and recorded with blues men J.J. Malone, Sonny Rhodes, Freddie Hughes, and Birdlegg.
Dennis Calloway, Bass and Vocals: Dennis is a twenty-five-year zydeco scene veteran. He cut his musical teeth touring the globe with the Grammy-winning zydeco bands of Queen Ida and Al Rapone.
Willie Jordan, Drums: Willy Jordon’s drumming is formed by his varied musical background (blues, zydeco, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, rock, and jazz). He has performed and/or recorded with Elvin Bishop, Frank Morgan, Charlie Musselwhite, Carlos Santana, A Case of the Willys, and Gator Beat. From 1996 to 1998 Willy toured and recorded with blues legend John Lee Hooker.