Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Band Spotlight #1: The Zydeco Flames

By Jody Colley
Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 10:10 AM

The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dance halls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove.

The Flames’ sixth CD release, Fire It Up, provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida. CDs available at www.cdbaby.com, www.zydecoflames.com and Down Home Music, Berkeley.

Releases:
Fire It Up (2006)
Bank the Fire (2003)
Zydeco Flames Live:
Smokin' at the Plant (2000)
The Heat is On (1996)
Burnin' Up theTracks (1995)
Hot Offerings (1993)

Awards:
Best Zydeco Band,
West Coast Blues Society (2006)
Best Original Song ("Don't Worry"),
West Coast Cajun & Zydeco Association (1997)

Band Members:
William Allums, Jr.
Lloyd Meadows
Timm Walker
Bruce Gordon
Frank Bohan

Website:
www.zydecoflames.com

See The Zydeco Flames on the Main Stage at the Express' Best of the East Bay Party on Friday, August 6, in Jack London Square.

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