Leroy Thomas In Studio Dec. 15th [VIDEO]
Cajun and Zydeco artist Leroy Thomas will be in the Cajun Radio studio with me Thursday December 15th at 8 a.m.
Leroy is coming to Lake Charles to perform live at Yesterdays Night Club on Saturday December 17th.
I will be talking to Leroy about his music and he will play for us live in the studio.
Leroy Thomas and his band the Zydeco Roadrunners will be playing at Yesterdays Saturday night and doors open at 8 p.m.
I will be talking with Leroy about his career and all the records that he has put out. Here are the CD's Leroy Thomas has put out in his career.
1998 "Louisiana Zydeco Band" with Bad Weather Records
1999 "I'm a Bad Sucka For You" with Bad Weather Records
2000 "The Monkey & The Baboon" with Thomas Records
2000 "Taxi, Take Me To The Trailride" with Thomas Records
2002 "Somebody's Looking For Ya" with Hardcore Records
2004 "Right Now Is Primetime" with Thomas Productions
2006 "You Got Me" with Thomas Productions
2008 "The People's Favorites of Leroy Thomas" with Thomas Productions
2009 "The Jewel of the Bayou" with Thomas Productions
Don't Know much about Leroy Thomas, well thats what we are here for! He is a bio on Leroy Thomas the artist:
Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton Louisiana. He comes from a family of zydeco musicians. His father Leo "The Bull" Thomas is the only zydeco musician to lead a zydeco band from the drums. Leroy's father has a distinct method of drumming that inspired not only his sons, but is still emulated by many zydeco bands today. Other family related zydeco musicians are Keith Frank, a second cousin on his mother's side, Geno Delafose, a second cousin on his father's side, and Brian Terry a cousin on his father's side.
At the age of eight Leroy decided to become a drummer like his father Leo so he and his little brother Lee Andrus Thomas made a set of drums with five gallon paint buckets. They used tree branches for drumsticks, and cardboard tubing from Christmas wrapping paper as a microphone. Leroy would play the bucket drums and sing without a care in the world. He didn't know he was on his way to becoming a very talented musician.
In his early teens with determination, imagination, and resourcefulness Leroy set his sights on playing the accordion. He heard that a man in town had an accordion for sale. With his brother and cousin in tow Leroy walked to town with a used cassette player as currency and purchased his first accordion. Leroy taught himself how to play that accordion with the same determination he had formerly brought to his drumming. At the age of 18 Leroy joined his father's band on the accordion. Leroy was proud to play his fathers signature song, "Why You Wanna Make Me Cry," which is the most frequently repeated song in zydeco for over 27 years now. For fifteen years father and son played music and toured the world together.
In 1998 Leroy decided it was time to form his own band, "Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners." Today Leroy and his band have performed in over 33 states and overseas and have released eight CDs. Leroy favors what he calls "Old School Zydeco." He likes keeping the tradition of Louisiana alive and flowing. He throws in his own flavor but always comes back to original zydeco, the real deal.