The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band. Their seventh release Fire Dance is in the tradition of masters Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Queen Ida. They have graced stages at the Boom Boom Room, Great American Music Hall, Berkeley’s Ashkenaz, Bill Graham’s New Orleans by the Bay, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival, The Portland Blues Festival, Northern Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, Oakland’s Art and Soul Festival, San Francisco’s North Beach Festival, and the San Francisco Jazz Festival. In 2006, they were voted Best Zydeco Band by the Bay Area Blues Society, and in 2010 they received the Best of East Bay award.
Lloyd Meadows – lead vocals, rubboard, harmonica
A classically trained singer, Lloyd Meadow’s soulful, steamy style ranges from rock to blues to R&B. His diverse musical background includes performances and recordings with Mal Sharpe’s Big Money, Tom Rigney, and Elvin Bishop.
Frank Bohan – guitar & vocals
Frank has roots in Chicago blues, as well as an extensive recording and touring history with Johnny Copeland, Alvin Youngblood-Hart, Johnny Nitro, Andre Thierry, Ricardo Scales, Fergus, and the Luxurians.
William Allums – drums
Forming the backbone of the band, William is proficient in many styles of rhythm, specifically gospel, hip-hop, funk, and R&B.
Timm Walker – bass, vocals, producer
Many say he is the soul and sole reason for Zydeco Flame’s acclaimed rhythm section. Walker’s performance credits include Larry James Band, Roy Gaines, JJ Malone, Sista Monica, Bobby Murray, and Andre Thierry. He produced albums Bank of Fire and Fire It Up, and Beaufunk’s Change Gonna Come Fo Betta.
Bruce Gordon – accordion
Bruce has a deep French Creole style that is well grounded in Louisiana Music and Creole culture.