Lisa Haley & the Zydekats
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Lisa Haley & the Zydekats

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE | AFM

Los Angeles, California, United States | INDIE | AFM
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"Lisa Haley Resume"

GRAMMY Nominee Americana/Cajun/Zydeco
The most joyful Americana/Cajun/Zydeco act on tour today!

This GRAMMY Nominated fiddler, dancer, vocalist, and songwriter serves up heart-moving Louisiana Bayou rhythms, traditional and original songs, speaking to all ages.
Prepare to catch "Zydecosis!"

• GRAMMY Nominated album “King Cake” on Billboard World Chart
• National touring act, representing Zydeco for GRAMMY Museum, Hollywood Bowl Summersounds, Sir George Martin (Beatles producer) film “Rhythm of Life.”
• Three women in our five-piece band, with Lisa Haley violin, Gigi Rabe “Accordion Diva” and amazing drummer Maria Martinez
• “Zydeco Band of the Year” Bay Area Blues Society
• Latest album “Absolutely Live!” and preparing to record album #8
• Touring in over 20 countries and the USA for Festivals and Performing Arts Events
• Pollstar Box Office sellouts on US and European dates

Member: NARAS (GRAMMY); Recording Musicians Assn (RMA);
Freelance Musicians (FMA); BMI; L.A. Cultural Affairs Jazz Mentorship Program.

Endorsees: Yamaha, Barcus Berry, Peavey, Hohner, Shure, JBL, DW, Paiste, Thomastik, Korg, /Marshall/Vox, Shure, ProCo, ProTec.

Lisa was the protégé of master Cajun accordionist Joe Simien.
- Blue Fiddle Productions

"Lines & Reviews"

"Lisa Haley has the Spirit in her, big time!
Her music just plain grabs you and takes you over!"
- Keb'Mo', multi-Grammy winner,
co-producer of Lisa's album “Talking to the Sun”

"...a Pop approach to Louisiana's sound... one-of-a-kind cornbread voice...
a la the bluesy moans of Janis Joplin..."
- Michael Lucas, Los Angeles Times

"...enormous fun... makes people want to get up and enjoy!"
- Sir George Martin (Beatles' producer)
BBC documentary "The Rhythm of Life"

"The Evangelist of Zydeco... she and her band melt Finnish hearts..."
- Satakunnan Kansa, review, Pori Jazz Fest, Finland

"Lisa Haley is a virtual volcanic explosion... a frenzy of 'Zydecosis!"
- Bliss, cover article for Gig Magazine

“The Mick Jagger of Cajun Music”
- Jake Bacon, KUCI 88.9FM

"...left the audience with their mouths open... This group brings the stage to life!"
- Gary Hayman, the Zyde-Zine

"...Sparkling CD...forget all your worries in an instant! A thrilling groove!"
- Marc Nolis, Rootstown Music Magazine, Belgium,

"... leads the attack on her coveted blue fiddle… guided by something in the Cosmos."
- Dan Willging, Dirty Linen Magazine
review of Lisa’s album "Talking to the Sun"

" …claims her place alongside the women of American Roots Music"
- Paule Pachter,

“…marries the blues, country, zydeco, contemporary gospel… in the spirit of Rosanne Cash or the Indigo Girls” - Todd Jenkins, All About Jazz

".... Such energy that the rosin was floating off her bow like snow."
- Pa Scenen, Lund, Sweden concert review

"...leavened with Louisiana spice... a ball of fire!"
- Manchester Evening News, UK

"Mighty fine Zydeco!"
- "Smilin' Jim" Davis, former Governor of Louisiana and composer of "You Are My Sunshine"

- and the ultimate complement: "That girl plays as good as a man!"
- Clifton Chenier, "The King of Zydeco".
- Blue Fiddle Productions


- Absolutely Live! (2009) on Blue Fiddle Records
- King Cake (2008) on Blue Fiddle Records
- All the Way Live! (2005)
- Reggie Alligator (2005) single
- Talking to the Sun (2002) on Ryko/Warner
- Louisiana (2000) on Corazong Europe
- The Music of Joe Simien (1999)
- Waiting for the Sky (1997)
- Lisa Haley & the Zydekats (1995)
Radio airplay in the U.S. and 72 countries worldwide.



GRAMMY Nominated for "Best Zydeco or Cajun Album," Lisa Haley stands out among the finest violinists and vocalists in contemporary music today.

Her electric-blue violin "Louie," soulful songwriting, boundless energy and All-Star band "The Zydekats" are irreversibly compelling!

Bringing modern Zydeco/Cajun to a worldwide audience reaches far beyond a career playing solely traditional genre.

Lisa has worked with Sir George Martin (Beatles producer), multi-Grammy winner/producer Keb Mo', Brian Setzer, John Hiatt, and a host of others.

Her violin is prominent in movies such as "The Waterboy" (Adam Sandler), "The Grave" (Anthony Michael Hall), and HBO’s "Mr. Atlas".

She supports educational "Artist in Residence" programs, and performs worldwide over 150 days a year.

Lisa and her band are endorsed by Realist pickups, Barcus-Berry, Yamaha, Peavey, JBL, Korg, QSC, BBE, Drum Workshop, Paiste, ProTec cases, ProCo cables, and Thomastik strings.