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Geno Delafose

Geno Delafose
Geno Delafose at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2006
Background information
Born (1972-02-06) February 6, 1972 (ageĀ 42)
Origin Eunice, Louisiana
Genres Zydeco
Occupations Musician, singer
Instruments Accordion
Years active 1994 - present
Labels Rounder Records
Times Square Records
Website genodelafose.net/

Geno Delafose (born February 6, 1972 in Eunice, Louisiana[1]) is a zydeco accordionist and singer. He is one of the younger generations of the genre who has created the sound known as the nouveau zydeco. His sound is deeply rooted in traditional Creole music with strong influences from Cajun music and also country and western. His father is the famous zydeco accordion player John Delafose.

History

Delafose was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana. At the age of eight, he joined his father's band, the Eunice Playboys as a rubboard player[2] and continued to play with the band until his father's death in 1994. He also appeared on the several of the bands recordings. He switched to the accordion in the early 1990s and started to play as an opening act for his father.

In 1994, he debuted with album French Rockin' Boogie on Rounder Records. The name of this album also became the name of his band with whom he still plays with today. He released two more albums from the label, before signing with Time Square label to release Everybody's Dancin' in 2003.

He has also appeared on the compilation album Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco released in 2004 on Vanguard Records.

He has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the "Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album" category for his Le Cowboy Creole album (2007).

He lives in Duralde, Louisiana near Eunice where he operates his Double D Ranch raising cattle and horses. He also holds fan appreciation parties annually at his ranch.

Discography

  • 1994 - French Rockin' Boogie (Rounder)
  • 1996 - That's What I'm Talkin' About! (Rounder)
  • 1998 - La Chanson Perdue (Rounder)
  • 2003 - Everybody's Dancin' (Times Square)
  • 2007 - Le Cowboy Creole (Times Square)

References

External links

  • Official site
  • Geno's page on Ritmo Artists
  • LSU Eunice website on Geno
  • Biography on Allmusic
  • Interview in Rootsworld magazine
  • World Music Central biography
  • Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie Photo Gallery

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