Leon Chavis is shown at the 2008 Breaux Bridge
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On their second CD,
Holla at Me, Leon Chavis and the Zydeco Flames offer smooth,
polished contemporary zydeco that also draws on the energy and
power of old style music played by Leon’s cousin, the late
As Leon explains in an
interview with Herman Fuselier in the liner notes, he wanted to
convey his positive outlook on life in songs like “Everything
Going to Be All Right” and to celebrate family values in songs
like “Daddy Loves You.” His own life is centered on his wife
and two children and, of course, his music. His father, Joseph
“Chopper” Chavis, an R& B singer from way back, is a member of
the band and one of the co-producers of the CD.
Leon was nurtured on
music in a family setting as he grew up. He matured, gaining
discipline and a strong work ethic, as a trumpet player in the
Southern University Band. After founding the Zydeco Flames with
his father and with Russell Labbe while he was at Southern, he
went on to manages businesses before deciding to devote himself
full time to a career in zydeco. The band now performs both
locally and around the nation as well as overseas.
On stage, Leon Chavis’
friendly, inviting smile alone could win over audiences. The
title cut, “Holla at Me,” conveys that open, receptive attitude,
asking fans to “holla at me,” whether in person in a club or on
a trailride or electronically through his MySpace page. The
closing cut is a remix with guest Chris Ardoin, a nice instance
of some zydeco friendship instead of rivalry.
“My Baby” features
vocals by Chopper Chavis, who plays keyboard, and most cuts
offer harmony vocals that may also include rubboard player
Russel Labbe and guitarist Gabriel “Pandy” (Guitar Gable Jr.)
Perrodin. Other band members on the CD are Derick Woods on bass
and Eric Singleton on drums.
The CD has16 cuts, all
originals except two Boozoo covers: “Tell Me What You Want” and
“Play with Your Poodle.”