Archive Files of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Musicians
Posted between 1999 and 2008

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    Rockin' Dopsie Jr.

    and the Zydeco Twisters

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Rockin Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters are shown performing at Downtown Alive! in Lafayette in September 2004 the day before the start of Festivals Acadiens.


Rockin' Dopsie Jr. (aka David Rubin) is the son of Alton Rubin Sr. He played in his father's band starting in the early 1980s and became the leader of the group after his father's death in 1993. The family's roots are in Carencro, but Rockin' Dopsie Jr. is based in New Orleans. He and the Zydeco Twisters tour the United States and Europe. On stage, Dopsie literally twist in every direction,  ending in spectacular splits that energize the audience. The music also moves in many directions beyond zydeco: soul, R&B, blues. His 2004 CD I Got My Mojo Working includes Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," James Brown's "Sex Machine," Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long," and other classic songs, plus a zydeco interpretation of Bob Dylan's "On a Night Like This" featuring excellent accordion work by brother Anthony Rubin.


The band's web site includes an overview of the band's history and performances with many legendary musicians like Tina Turner, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Cindy Lauper and Bob Dylan. In 1994, a year after his father's death, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the band played at the Smithsonian in Washington when his father's crown as the reigning monarch of zydeco was presented for the permanent exhibit. The band has recorded numerous TV commercials and performed on nationally broadcast television programs.

The 2004 CD includes "I Can See Clearly Now" with a nice accordion groove as Rockin' Dopsie Jr. sings "the rain is's going to be a bright, bright sunshiny day." After the catastrophe inflicted on New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters certainly deserve to get beyond the darkness and experience many sunshiny days.



Posted 9-15-05.

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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