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Traveling Man

by Dwayne Dopsie

Zydeco excitement, vocal and accordion with authentic Louisiana band.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. My Baby's On The Phone
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2. I Wish You Was Mine
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3. Peace Of Mind
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4. My Louisiana Baby
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5. Traveling Man
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6. Where'd My Baby Go
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7. My Name Is Hurricane
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8. Thinking Of You
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9. Everybody Say
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10. Zydeco Two Step
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Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers "Traveling Man"
Sound of New Orleans (SONO) is proud to announce the release of Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers’ first SONO recording, “Traveling Man!”

Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin is the son of the legendary "King of Zydeco," Alton "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin, an accordion master. Born March 3rd, 1979, Dwayne Dopsie was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana at the center of the zydeco culture. He was immersed in zydeco literally from birth. By the age of four, he was already accomplished on the washboard, the instrument of choice of his older brother, but soon switched to the accordion. By the age of six, he had already appeared in a Community Coffee television commercial and later performed on The Dolly Parton Show.

After traveling the zydeco circuit with his family, Dwayne formed his own zydeco band at the age of 19, continuing in the family tradition of playing southwest Louisiana’s unique music. Along the way, he has achieved national and international recognition. Dwayne Dopsie has performed on CBS This Morning, The Travel Channel, Discovery, 20/20, Good Morning America and The Fox Television Network. Another extraordinary moment was with his father and brother performing at Super Bowl XXIV. In 2006, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers were invited to play for the U.S. Ambassador in Nassau for his Fourth Of July Celebration.

Dwayne Dopsie’s immense talent, technical proficiency, and charismatic stage presence have garnered him numerous national and local industry awards. In 1999 The American Accordionists Association called him "The Hottest Accordion in America.” His band won New Orleans' "Battle of The Bands" competition in 1999 and 2000 and was also voted "The Best Zydeco Band" by Offbeat Magazine in 1999. In both 2001 and 2002 Offbeat Magazine named him "The Best Upcoming Artist.” On December 3, 2002, “Hey Rosalee” from his 2002 independently released CD, Now it Begins, hit #1 on Mp3.com's zydeco chart after fewer than two months online. In 2004, he was voted Best Accordion by the “Best of the Offbeat” Awards by Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers has performed not only across America but also internationally, both live and on film. In 2004, the group was filmed on MTV in Brazil, and Programa JO in South America. It completed music for a television show, “Nikki & Nora,” filmed in New Orleans to air on UPN Network, and was featured on “The Jamie Kennedy Show” airing on the Warner Network. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers has appeared as a featured act of the prestigious New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival annually since 2000, and was a headliner at the Syracuse Blues Festival in both 2001 and 2002.

The national and local press has taken note of the group as well. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers was featured on Playboy's website and has been covered in the New York Times, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2002 alone, Dwayne Dopsie made the covers of three New Orleans publications: Big City Blues Magazine, The Insiders Guide to Lovin' New Orleans: Visitor Magazine, and Offbeat Magazine. In 2003, he was featured on the cover of The Louisiana Music Directory. The Internet abounds with information on the group in the many exciting Zydeco web sites.
All the buzz is entirely justified. “Traveling Man” is both accomplished and vibrant. Reinterpreting authenticity can be a tricky proposition. “Traveling Man” does it by combining the heart and soul of zydeco’s traditions with the energy and modern sensibility of a young band. Dwayne Dopsie’s songwriting showcases his superb playing, and his band brilliantly supports both. The result is incendiary, soul-stirring zydeco.

1. My Baby’s on the phone - 4:33
2. I wish you was mine – 3:29
3. Peace of Mind – 3:37
4. My Louisiana Beauty – 2:57
5. Traveling Man – 7:19
6. Where’d My Baby Go – 4:12
7. My Name Is Hurricane – 4:14
8. Thinking of You – 3:19
9. Everybody Say – 3:10
10. Zydeco Two Step – 2:38

Dwayne Dopsie - accordion and vocals
Ronnie Sam - washboard
Calvin Sam - drums
Glenn Sam - bass
Chad Welling – guitar
Curnis Andrus - saxophone

"Traveling Man " was recorded after Katrina blasted her way through New Orleans. These songs were recorded earlier in New Orleans, but the masters were lost in the water!
Dwayne (Dopsie) Rubin is the son of the "King of Zydeco," Alton "Rockin' Dopsie" Rubin. Born March 3rd, 1979, Dwayne Dopsie was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he grew up listening to and playing zydeco music. At the age of four, he played the washboard like his brother, then he picked up the accordion and followed in his father's footsteps.
Recorded at Sugarhill Studios, Houston, TX
Engineer: Steve Christensen
Mastered by Allen Corneau; Essential Sound, Houston, TX
Produced by Gary J. Edwards

In 2004, perfomances on MTV in Brazil, and Programa JO in South America, and completed music for TV show Nikki & Nora filmed in New Orleans to air on UPN Network. In 2003, Dwayne Dopsie appears on the cover of The Louisiana Music Directory. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers has performed on The Jamie Kennedy Show featured on the Warner Network. Notably, on 12-03-2002, Hey Rosalie, from his 2002 independently released CD, NOW IT BEGINS, hit #1 on Mp3.com's Zydeco chart after less than two months online. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, have performed not only coast to coast of the USA, but also internationally. They have been a featured act of the prestigious New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage Festival yearly since 2000. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers were headliners at the Syracuse Blues Festival in 2001 & 2002. Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers have been featured on Playboy's website and numerous articles published in the New York Times, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2002, Dwayne Dopsie made the covers of Big City Blues Magazine, The Insiders Guide to Lovin' New Orleans: Visitor Magazine, and Offbeat Magazine.
Awards:
2004 - Best Accordion by offBeat Awards by OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans, Louisiana 2001 & 2002 - Dwayne Dopsie was named "The Best Upcoming Artist", by OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans, Louisiana 2001 - New Orleans' "Battle of The Bands" 1999 & 2000 - "The Best Zydeco Band," by OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans, Louisiana. 1999 - "The Hottest Accordion in America," by The American Accordionists Association.
After traveling the Zydeco circuit with his family, at the age of nineteen, Dwayne started his own band and has continued in the family tradition of entertaining. Some highlights of his career (besides entertaining with his dad), were a Community Coffee commerical at the age of six, as well as a stint on The Dolly Parton Show. Another extraordinary moment was with his father and brother performing at Super Bowl XXIV. Dwayne Dopsie has performed on CBS This Morning, The Travel Channel, Discovery, 20/20, Good Morning America, and, The Fox Television Network. In 2006, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers were invited to play for the U.S. Ambassador in Nassau for his Fourth Of July Celebration.


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Lil M Dopsie


I think this Cd is like anyother. Exciting, hellraising,and just right.Also I think Dwayne upgraded with his new band members.That's why I'm giving 5stars.Keep it up.And keep help our family in our zydeco music.

Jan Eckerl - BluesArtStudio

Dwayne Dopsie bearbeitet sein Akkordeon mit ultraschnellen Läufen, Wechselbalgex
Dwayne Dopsie hat in den letzten Jahren mit seinem virtuosen „over the top“ Akkordeonspiel schon für sehr viel Aufmerksamkeit in der Zydeco-Szene gesorgt.
Jetzt meldet er sich mit seinem bis dato wahrscheinlich besten Werk zurück.
Geboten wird ein guter Mix aus Zydeco Two-Steps, Boogies, Blues & Reggae und fast jedes Stück bietet zudem lange Saxophon – und Gitarrensoli.
Aber im Mittelpunkt ist stets Dwaynes Gesang und sein außergewöhliches „Triple-row“ - Akkordeonspiel – da wird die Quetschen mit ultraschnellen Läufen, Wechselbalgexzessen und urblusigen Riffs auf äußerste gefordert.
Man kann nur hoffen, dass diese Band bald auch in Europa zu hören sein wird.

Paule Pachter

which earns our highest five-pepper rating.
DWAYNE DOPSIE & THE ZYDECO HELLRAISERS
TRAVELING MAN
Sound of New Orleans Records - 2006

A review by Paule Pachter – December 3, 2006

It’s most appropriate that there’s flames on the cover of Dwayne Dopsie’s debut CD “Traveling Man” for the Sound of New Orleans records label. This is simply stated, one of the hottest CD’s to be released in 2006. Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers have truly found their mark with the release of “Traveling Man.” The CD is high energy, high volume and wonderfully raucous. Dopsie’s voice and accordion prowess has never been better. In the hands of Gary Edwards, one of New Orleans best producers, Zydeco music has taken on a new freshness and excitement. Edwards’ produced Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. and The Creole Zydeco Farmer’s previous CDs, and there’s a wonderful quality to the end product, which once again comes across with “Traveling Man.”

Although production quality is important, you can’t produce a great recording without a great artist. Dwayne Dopsie has approached greatness on this CD. Among the standout tracks are: “My Baby’s on the Phone;” “I Wish You Was Mine,” “My Louisiana Beauty;” “Thinking of You;” and “Everybody Say.” Dopsie has carved out a signature sound on “Traveling Man,” very much in the way that when you hear Buckwheat Zydeco, Nathan Williams, Beau Jocque or Lynn August you immediately know the voice and the sound.

Backing Dopsie (accordion and vocals) up are some exceptional musicians including Ronnie Sam (washboard), Calvin Sam (drums), Glenn Sam (bass), Chad Welling (guitar), and Curnis Andrus (saxophone). “Traveling Man” is an appropriate title for this CD since Dwayne Dopsie will most likely log some serious miles once the dancing and listening public get an earful of this CD, which earns our highest five-pepper rating. You can purchase “Traveling Man” online

© copyright 2006 Paule Pachter/Richard Arfin. All rights reserved.

Lil M Dopsie

Traveling Man on his way to the top
The reason why I'm giving five stars is, because Traveling Man, I wish you was mine,and My name is hurricane are the ones that makes this cd have five stars. Keep up the work traveling uncle.and Iwant to grow to play like you and my dad