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K. Jones & The Benzie Playboys

Oh Yeah!


The 6-piece Cajun/Zydeco fusion band hailing from Benzie county are back with Oh Yeah!, a collection of songs that are as lively as the title suggests. Widely regarded as hometown heroes, Kirk Jones and his band bring the colorful musical traditions of Louisianan Creole and Cajun styles to the Great Lakes, regularly playing venues around the state and festivals including (but not limited to) Wheatland, Blissfest, The Buttermilk Jamboree, and the Grand River Water Festival.

Jones is not only an enthusiast of Louisiana music, but has studied at the Augusta Music Heritage program and the Dewey Balfa camp and has played with the likes of Cory Ledet, Dirk Powell, and Joe Hall among others. On Oh Yeah!, in addition to singing lead vocals, he plays button accordion, the triple note accordion, and the fiddle. Joining him to complete the lush soundscape of Zydeco and Cajun music is Mark Stoltz (washboard), Jonah Powell (fiddle and backup vocals), Jamie Bernard (drums), Rex Alexander (guitar), and Dan "The Danimal" on bass. Oh Yeah! is an undeniably fun experience full of diverse sounds melded with the Zydeco discipline, and the swing of tunes like "Ann Cayanne" and "Bosco Stomp" are sure to get your feet moving.

Recommended Tracks: #2 "Done Got Over", #5 "Oh Yeah", #8 "La Valse De Grands Bois"

Sigmund Steiger

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