Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers released Calling Your Name at the end of June. Everything about the album screams southern Louisiana. The tracks from this high-energy Lafayette-based group range within the Zydeco genre from upbeat to bluesy to soul/funk. This is the group's seventh release.
Dwayne is the youngest of zydeco legend Rockin' Dopsie's eight children. Although inspired by tradition, he has developed his own high energy style that defies existing stereotypes and creates a distinct path for modern Zydeco music. Dwayne has performed all over the world with the Hellraisers since he was 19 and won multiple awards for his blazing style, including "Best Zydeco Artist," "Best Accordion Player of the Year," and "Best Zydeco Album." Combined, the band has over 100 years of Zydeco-playing experience.
The latest release showcases the Hellraisers' modern twist on Zydeco nicely, particularly through its rocking tracks like "Hard Life," "Get Up," "Do It For the Rest of My Life," and "Rosalee." On the blusier side, "Long Way From Home" hits right, and thoughtful renditions of Dopsie's own "You My Girl" and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" tug at the heartstrings.
Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers will perform at the Bogalusa Blues Festival on September 26, adding another festival to their extensive schedule-- they've performed at over 70 music festivals in the last two years alone.