Born in March 1, 1962 in Abbeville, Louisiana. His father, Ophey Trahan, encouraged him to learn to play accordion, which he did along with guitar, bass, drums and fiddle.
After living in the Dallas Texas area for a few years and playing local clubs and festivals with other musicians who loved Cajun Music, John moved to Nashville in 1989 with his friends Stephan and Linda Dudash. In a few months, both John and Stephan were on the road with Country artist Janie Fricke. Unable to hold back the Cajun music, John was featured in her shows performing Cajun songs that had the crowds on their feet. After his time with Janie Fricke, John was ready to get back in the the heart of Cajun Country and moved back to Lafayette in 1991. Througout that year, John played with a multitude of different bands including Hadley Castille, Mamou and File’. John was also playing in a three piece band with Merlin Fontenot and the late Jimmie Domengeaux, the magic between the three of them started the band John Trahan Avec Le Group Acadiana. La Louisianne owners David and Carol Rachou were impressed with what they heard and worked with Johnnie Allan to get new material for the band to record their first CD. The album project yielded four C.F.M.A. nominations and one award. The Cajun hit "Le Vieux Bourge Sur Le Borde du Chemin” is still being requested today.
After Trahan’s Father passed away in 2000, he self-admittedly “hit a wall, creatively”. Trahan is now recording what he calls “a tribute to his influences and mentors”. A tribute to the Cajun music he grew up listening too with his parents, this project is giving him the space to not think about “what to do next” and just focus on making music simply for the joy of it.
“Recording this new project in my home studio allows me to pause and be inspired musically by looking back without pressure and to move forward creatively enjoying each and every moment,” Trahan says. “I had always wanted to do an album that would pay tribute to the music and artists that shaped who I am as a Cajun musician. Even though I’m known as a somewhat contemporary Cajun artist, I think it has always been obvious that I have a great reverence for our Cajun music heritage. After years of reflecting, I am coming into this album renewed, refreshed and reenergized. I am excited to get going and make new music.”
Trahan is producing and recording the album with the help of Bob Holbrook of Lafayette along with the help of close friends Johnnie Allan, Eddy Raven, Ivy Dugas, Kip Bacue and Joe Rogers.
After choosing the songs, Trahan hits this project head on with some of the finest studio musicians Louisiana has to offer, including Mitchell Reed, Joe Rogers, Beau Thomas, Jamey Bearb, Mike Burch, Murnel Babineaux, Lee Allen Zeno and Doug Belote. Along with some surprise guest musicians who really helped make this project something really special.