THIS WEEKEND Toups at Hunter benefit
Wayne Toups and Zydecajun bring their popular style of combining Cajun with contemporary music, to the “Bayou Bash” fundraiser for District 19 state representative candidate Larry Hunter on Aug. 9 at VFW Post 2772 off Texas 87 in Orange. Food will be served before the show, which starts at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7.
Tickets are $25, available at The Record Newspapers, 333 W. Roundbunch Road in Bridge City; Gunn’s Studio, 1403 Green Ave. in Orange; and in Vidor at the Hunter Campaign Headquarters, 1091 N. Main St., Suite D; or the Hunter Burch law offices, 1260 N. Main. Limited table sponsorships include a VIP reception with Toups.
For more information, call Liza Maze at 651-6090; or Marc Carter, 882-1922.
Toups has previously wowed crowds in Orange County, at events such as 2002’s Gumbo Cookoff before it was known as the Texas Cajun Heritage Festival. Toups believes it possible to “create tradition with tradition,” drawing on Cajun roots to bring in other styles such as R&B, rock and zydeco.
According his Web site, (www.waynetoups.com), he was born in Crowley, La., learning to play accordion at 13 and was soon performing in local talent contests doing Iry LaJeune songs. Later he incorporated the soul music of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett into his sound. By the 1980s he’d picked up influences from rock bands such as the Doobie Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers. He debuted his fusion style on the 1987 CD “ZydeCajun.” Signed to Mercury Records, his “Two Step Mamou” appeared on the soundtrack of the hit movie “Steel Magnolias.”
Next, country stars began to request his sound. Mark Chestnutt hired Toups and his accordion to back him on his No. 1 hits “Gonna Get a Life” and “It Sure is Monday.” That’s Toups on Clay Walker’s chart-topper “Live Laugh Love.” That’s also Toups on the giant Alan Jackson hit “Little Bitty.” Sammy Kershaw featured Toups in both his video and his recording of “Christmas Times A-Coming.” George Jones, Mark Wills and others have requested the Toups touch on Music Row. So has British pop star Thomas Dolby, who hired Toups for his albums “Astronauts & Heretics” (1992) and “Retrospective” (1995).
His “Back to The Bayou” album of 1995 yielded a substantial regional hit, “Take My Hand” and other Toups tunes appeared on the soundtrack of the film Dirty Rice.
Some of his latest releases include “Reflections of the Past” (2005) and “Whoever Said It Was Easy” (2004).