Like the many tasty ingredients in a simmering pot of gumbo, the Cajun rock band Bayou Roux has blended years of diverse musical backgrounds into a unique sound that they like to call the “Cajun Commotion™”.
Founded in Houston, Texas in 1992 by Keith Dupuis, Mike Bourgeois and Ted Lee, all three from the Lafayette, LA area, Bayou Roux has grown from what they call a “goofy little garage band that came out of nowhere” into one of the most recognizable, good-time party bands on the US Gulf Coast. Keith Dupuis is an eclectic mix of Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith and classic Louisiana accordion legends such as Iry LeJeune, Lawrence Walker and Clifton Chenier. Ted Lee is a baby-boomer bassist brought up on groups like The Beatles, Deep Purple, Steely Dan and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Mike Bourgeois is a former drum corps and USAF military drummer, influenced by the rhythms of Van Halen, Rush, Country and sophisticated Jazz. Ken Reynolds, a true guitar virtuoso who joined the group shortly after its inception, has played it all from Cajun to Country, Rhythm & Blues to Rock and Jazz. Dwayne Boehnemann, the newbie of the group, is a honky tonk style keyboardist who has country in his veins having grown up on a farm tractor tuned in to Floyd Cramer, Boots Randolph, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. What a recipe. What a sound. Fans have found that a pinch of rock, a scoop of county and a heapin’ helpin’ of down-home Cajun/Zydeco heritage heated to the boiling point makes for a musical experience like no other.