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“He has no competition in his genres, he’s the Jimmy Hendrix of the accordion.” – Rolling Stone magazine

Born March 3, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana, was the last of eight children of Rockin’ Dopsie, Sr., a pioneer of Zydeco music. To this day, Dwayne attributes his passion and prodigious abilities to his father, but the truth is he was simply born to play this music. “This is my calling – Zydeco music is in my blood and it is my heart and soul.”

A virtuoso tradition holder with a high power style of his own, Dwayne Dopsie and his band, the genre defying Zydeco Hellraisers have thrilled audiences over 40 countries and hundreds of cities since his debut at age 19. Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers have enjoyed National exposure with outlets like Rolling Stone Magazine, Good morning America, CBS this morning, Food Network, and The Jamie Kennedy experiment, and his latest release was nominated for a Grammy in 2018. Louisiana Red Hot looks forward to releasing his national debut followup in early 2019.

Day Ain't Done Album Cover“Sekhani’s alternative country gumbo of guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin and more can hang with the best of them” – Herman Fuselier, Music Writer

Known as the leader of the fiery, rockabilly gospel band, the Mercy Brothers, or for his twenty years in the Austin music scene, prodigal son Kevin Sekhani has finally returned to native Lafayette, LA. The result? …a superb national solo debut, “Day Ain’t Done.”

“Day Ain’t Done” is Sekhani’s ode to the working man and their concerns, further enhancing his reputation as one of the outstanding songwriters in the Deep South. This celebration of cane cutters and oil field roughnecks is backed by a crackerjack band of John Mellencamp, Patty Griffin and Son Volt veterans. Equally at home in the dance halls of South Louisiana, or the honky-tonks of the Hill Country, Hank Williams would be proud!



As a 20 year veteran of the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani has done it all. From blazing rock-n-roll to Holy Ghost Honkytonk, Sekhani never fails to entertain crowds with heartfelt enthusiasm and poignant lyrics.

Spending time in Austin working with Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Patty Griffin), Andrew Duplantis (Son Volt), and Austin Chronicle’s three-time String Player of the Year winner Warren Hood. In 2010, Sekhani moved back to his home town of Lafayette, Louisiana to front The Mercy Brothers, a Gospel group walking the fine line of sinners and saints.

Since the prodigal son’s return home, he has won over the hearts of Jazz Fest and Festival International audiences, landed a top 5 spot on the Americana charts in Europe with The Mercy Brothers debut release, toured Sweden, and signed his Gospel group to Louisiana Red Hot Records.

Honed from years of collaborations and jam sessions with the legendary wordsmith Bill Carter, who wrote hits for Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Counting Crows, Waylon Jennings and others, Sekhani’s voracious songwriting extends beyond Gospel into secular territory with his new solo album Day Ain’t Done. Adam Sheets of No Depression praises Sekhani’s work on the album deeming it “one of the best debut albums I have heard in years.”

Day Ain’t Done is layered with Americana staple instrumentation, taking the earthy tones of violin, mandolin, accordion and acoustic guitars to give the feel of a back porch jam on a Louisiana Saturday night. The album’s track “Oilfield Tan” has found its way into regular rotation on local Louisiana and Texas radio stations, resonating amongst an area all too familiar with the demanding industry of oilfield work.

Kevin Sekhani celebrates his Louisiana roots by signing with Louisiana Red Hot Records to help bring Day Ain’t Done to the worldwide stage. With stops at 2014’s South by Southwest music festival, Sekhani has already began to garner excitement for his solo career. Still, whether you catch Kevin Sekhani at a large festival or on a small front porch, you are guaranteed to enjoy one hell of a show.


“Sekhani’s alternative country gumbo of guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin and more can hang with the best of them.” – Herman Fuselier, Music Writer

“Hailing from Lafayette, LA but cutting his teeth in the Austin music scene, Kevin Sekhani fuses the styles of country, rock and roll, and back-porch jamming to form a vivacious sound.” – The Independent Weekly

“Kevin Sekhani Cajun singer songwriter and veteran Austin musician makes a rousing debut on New Orleans’ Louisiana Red Hot Records with this year’s Day Ain’t Done” – Chris Gray, Houston Press

“If you like music that gets you dancing, this is an album you should add to your collection” – Gary Schwind, AXS TV

“With a voice slightly reminiscent of a young Steve Earle and solid songwriting, Day Ain’t Done is one of the best albums I have heard in years.” – Adam Sheets, No Depression

“Kevin has always been an exceptional singer and Songwriter” – Bill Carter, Songwriter (Caught in the Crossfire, Willie the Wimp – Stevie Ray Vaughn, Why Get Up – The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Palmer)

“Day Ain’t Done is a rich organic blend of alternative country styled Americana textured with fiddle, accordion and dobro that showcases Sekhani’s Louisiana roots both musically and lyrically” – Cody Daigle, The Daily Advertiser

“Day Ain’t Done is dripping with moss, delivering you right to the levee at Henderson swamp, while Ballad of a Lonely Clown and Jimmy would feel at home on the Grand Ole Opry Stage” – The Daily Advertiser


SUNPIE: Sunpie

SUNPIE“Sunpie Barnes is to zydeco what Taj Mahal is to blues—an eclectic type who follows his music to African and Caribbean roots.” – Brett Milano, Offbeat Magazine
Sunpie in the colorful top hat on the cover of this CD is none other than Bruce Sunpie Barnes. The zydeco star is based in Louisiana, where by day he is a park ranger and naturalist with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Park and at night he transforms into one of the most popular musicians in the region. Adept at numerous instruments — including the accordion, harmonica, and piano and vocals — Barnes shows his versatility on this CD, released in 2001. In it, sounds from different places and genres merge into something that Barnes has dubbed “Bouje, Bouje.” A listener can hear zydeco, of course, but there is also a definite Afro-Caribbean influence, along with the funky backbeat that characterizes the music of the city of New Orleans. The CD features tunes written by the multi-talentedBarnes. It opens on a pleasant note with the “Lah Lah Song,” with an infectious rhythm that permeates the entire album. Barnes sings in both English and French. “Mo Bien Comme Me Ye” is followed by a whimsical piece called “Tomato.” He sings — or is that howls — on his popular song about the legend of the werewolf in the Louisiana swamp country, entitled “Loup Garou, Loup Garou.” All the while there is the accordion or harmonica to keep the toes tapping. “Mother Earth” speaks to Barnes’ deep love for nature, as evidenced by his choice of day jobs. The music closes out with “Blues With a Groove,” which proves the point: This music is meant for dancing.”




leGrandBleu“…one of the hottest, most creative young bands to emerge from Southern Louisiana in a long time…everything that’s best in American multi-cultural music.” – Album Network

Le Grand Bleu offers a portrait of the Bluerunners as a mature ensemble presenting a fresh approach to roots rock. Translated as “The Big Blue,” the recording is an excursion into Americana via Southwest Louisiana: part Southern urban folk, part traditional Cajun, and part no-holds-barred rock with a definitive edge.

Le Grand Bleu is unmistakably a rock record, but with a first-class Cajun pedigree. It was recorded at the legendary LaLouisianne Studios with second-generation engineer David Rachou and recorded and mixed at Dockside with Tony Daigle (who has produced records of note in Louisiana from BB King’s most recent to the Grammy-award-winning Beausoleil CD L’Amour Ou La Folie.) Accordionist Adrian Huval, of the Huval family band Jambalaya, was recruited as a band member. Bluesman Sonny Landreth and Beausoleil leader and fiddler Michael Doucet make guest appearances on Le Grand Bleu. Internationally recognized folklore photographer Philip Gould provided the cover picture. Nonetheless, the anticipation for the new CD is considerably wider, extending well into what Southwest Louisiana calls “the other forty-nine.”

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