From the recording JWF Blues Compilation 2023 - No Stoppin' the Blues
Superlatives abound when describing the Bayou Boyz, but one that keeps popping up is “fearless”. Their approach to the Great American Songbook is adventurous and, often, daring. They are more than a band, given the impressive lineup of musicians often joining them on a weekly basis. Their approach to music is to let it become what it will be, to savor the
outcome, as well as its ingredients; they are the roux to a potful of musical gumbo, rich and flavorful.
The analogy is apt, particularly with the legendary Lloyd Jones thrown into the mix. An early inductee into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, Lloyd is an acclaimed artist with fans that include Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, and Curtis Salgado. In fact, the Bayou Boyz grew out of a weekly gig with Lloyd, known as Soul Cookin’, whose bass player, David Kahl, pulled together a group around Lafayette, Louisiana native, keyboardist and singer, Steve Kerin. The guitar position has seen some rotation, over the years, with the dynamic and gifted player, Jimmy Russell, taking on those duties for a good five years, now. Jimmy is known for his eclectic collaborative efforts with some world-renowned artists, which makes him a great fit for this group.
The Bayou Boyz run the gamut of Blues, Funk, Swamp Pop, and Second Line, familiar stuff, and always with a twist. They believe that attitude is everything, that Life, though full of challenges and even disappointment, is still full of reasons to celebrate. Especially in these trying times, a little affirmation goes a long way and, when it comes to that, the Bayou Boyz have a truckload.
"Joy" is from the album JOY and is performed by:
Steve Kerin: Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Jerry Lejune: Drums
Chad Willis: Bass
(c) Song Isle Publishing, BMI 2013