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    Dwayne Dopsie
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If in the photos on this page Dwayne Dopsie looks like he is putting everything he's got into his musical performance, you'd be right. The son of the late Rockin' Dopsie (Alton Rubin), Dwayne Dopsie can make the accordion sing like no one else in zydeco, accompanying his own vocals with fingers that fly up and down the keys, the accordion crying, shouting, overflowing with sadness or joy, an extension  not just of Dwayne's voice but his entire body. He sings mostly in English but also in French on songs like "Tighten Up Zydeco" (based on "Bye, Bye, Mon Neg") and "Rock House" from his 2001 Dopsie Strikes CD. 

 The Official Web Site of Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers lists his national television appearances and other accomplishments, including his selection in 1999 as the "Hottest Accordionist in America" by the American Accordionists Association and was interviewed by Accordions Worldwide.

After growing up in Lafayette, Dwayne Dopsie settled in New Orleans. In September 2005, right after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Dwayne Dopsie released a new CD, After the Storm, followed by another CD, The Traveling Man.

Dwayne Dopsie is shown in an afternoon performance at the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival May 3, 2003, and at Downtown Alive! in Lafayette September 20, 2003, the evening before the start of Festivals Acadiens.

Posted 1-6-06.

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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