Blue Monday All-stars
Blue Monday All-Star Band members are: Steve Adams, Lil Buck Sinegal, Reggie Dural, and Mr. Lee Allen Zeno & more
One word best describes New Orleans native and soul man Steve Adams… Mojo! Steve Adams has built quite the network over the years. Both a supreme vocalist and drummer, Steve Adams musical path spans several decades performing and sharing the stage and studio with several of Louisiana’s greatest artists. Steve Adams has fronted for several legendary Louisiana bands including TK Hulin and The Boogie Kings. Adding to his impressive list, he has also played alongside Ernie K-Doe, Jessie Hill, Erma Thomas, Tommy Ridgley, Oliver Morgan, and Alan Toussaint. These days it’s hard to mention Steve Adams without mentioning bass player and partner in crime Bill “Wild Bucky Brown” LeBlanc. Having been steeped in a lifetime of muddy water along with their prodigious musical knowledge, these two gentlemen have undoubtedly developed one of the strongest rhythm sections the south has ever seen. It’s hard to play this many years with afore mentioned talent and not conjure up a lifetime of mojo and soul. Speaking of mojo, strange enough these two have eluded the limelight of recording fame somehow… However, if you are lucky enough to live in Southwest Louisiana or be visiting the Acadiana area, Steve Adams and his Network play upwards of 150 shows a year. All locally! The Steve Adams Network knows how to keep it real, whether it’s a full 8- piece band featuring his brass section “The Hurricane Horns” complete with piano and percussion (Featured on his 2008 release “Playing With My Friends”) or his configuration of the Steve Adams Trio which features “Wild Bucky Brown” on bass and the incomparable Don Hebert on guitar. Did we say Steve Adams “Network”??? Well no surprise that the Steve Adams Trio not only hosts a number of talented guitar players such as veteran Ronnie Vice and fresh blood Jerome Vasquez, but they are also the backbone for the “Leroy Stank Revue” which boasts local blues favorite Keith Blair. A soul shaker is what you are gonna get with Louisiana’s best kept secret, the Steve Adams Network.
With his deep Creole accent, boundless energy, and enough talent to play just about any instrument he can get his hands on, Major Handy’s music is always fun and full of surprises! His guitar playing is clean and bluesy and he uses the accordion to punch up his sound. Handy’s voice reflects his South Louisiana heritage, with Creole liberally present. Otis Redding originally tried to get Major’s mom to let him join his band when Major was 15; however, his mom said no. Not long after, zydeco legends Rockin’ Dopsie and Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural both asked Major to play guitar in their bands. Major said yes and ended up working with Rockin’ Dopsie for 12 years and with Buckwheat for about a year. Major has toured much of the world and fronted a number of his own bands throughout his 40 years in music. Even with his big reputation among other musicians, his experience on the road, and his records, he has remained an obscure figure for many blues and zydeco fans. Major has become a master of the piano accordion and developed a warm, evocative vocal style. He prefers to play where and when he wants to.
Lil’ Buck Sinegal became a session musician at Excello Records, working with Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester and others while also recording with Rockin’ Dopsie, Katie Webster, and Lil’ Bob. In the late 1960s, he recorded his own instrumentals, including “Cat Scream” and “Monkey in a Sack”, for the La Louisiane record label. He joined Clifton Chenier’s band in 1969, and toured regularly with him in Europe and elsewhere over the next decade. Later, in the 1980s and 1990s, he also toured internationally with Buckwheat Zydeco and with Rockin’ Dopsie. He founded the Cowboy Stew Blues Revue with C. C. Adcock. In 1999, he released the album The Buck Starts Here, featuring songs predominantly written with, and produced by, Allen Toussaint. Critic Richie Unterberger described the record as “a fairly straight blues album with faint or nonexistent traces of zydeco”, and Sinegal has commented: “I am probably more known as a zydeco guitarist… [but] I’ve always been a bluesman… Zydeco is the blues. It’s basically blues played with accordion. Clifton Chenier’s music was blues throughout”. He appears in the 2015 documentary film, I Am the Blues.
Reggie “Sir Reg” Dural, who played with his father for more than 20 years, now leads “Buckwheat Zydeco Tribute: Ils Sont Partis Band featuring Sir Reg”. The Ils Sont Partis Band, the name of Buckwheat’s original group, features longtime members of Buckwheat Zydeco — Lee Allen Zeno, Paul “Lil Buck” Sinegal, Curtis Watson Jr., Kevin Menard and Mike Melchione. C. J. Chenier, Jeffery Broussard, and Major Handy will perform as special guests. Buckwheat Zydeco fans will recognize Sir Reg as the rubboard player in his father’s band. But in recent years, when cancer began to take its toll on his father, Sir Reg stepped out as the band’s accordionist, organist and lead singer. “When my dad really fell sick the first time, I was doing the shows in Hawaii with our band,” said Sir Reg. “My good friend, C. J. Chenier, would do different places in Hawaii too. When he fell sick on the road last year, I took over the band and started playing. I told him, ‘Don’t worry about anything. It’s going to be okay.’ We’d keep his legacy going, if anything happened. There was nothing to worry about. Out of the kids, I was the only one who took the music thing out on the road with him”. Thirty years later, Sir Reg feels no pressure following in his father’s footsteps. “I’m like my dad; I’m just down to earth and it doesn’t faze me. It’s really special what my dad’s been through and what he achieved. But when it comes to being on stage, I just love to play the music. It’s a blessing that we won a Grammy and an Emmy. But I really love the feeling of being on stage, playing and looking at the people dance and smile. To me, that weighs way over the Grammy and everything.”
Lee Allen Zeno grew up immersed in the Louisiana music scene. Having demonstrated a natural ability to cross the genres of blues, zydeco, gospel, country and soul music, Lee Allen became an in-demand bass player while still in his teens. Perhaps best known for his long tenure as the bass player for the Buckwheat Zydeco band, Zeno has also worked extensively as a session player, having recorded with Dalton Reed, Charlie Rich, Guitar Shorty, Lil’ Brian Terry, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Jean Knight, Major Handy, Archie Bell, Barbara Lynn, Bobby Allen, Willie Cobbs, Leon Sam, Henry Gray, Lazy Lester, Chick Willis and many others. Lee can be found at various clubs from Lafayette to New Orleans, laying down grooves with Roddie Romero, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr., Major Handy, Zydeco Ray & the Creole Knight Riders, Lil’ Buck Sinegal, Henry Gray & Carol Fran, as well as the Rue Boogaloo band, with Marty Christian.
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