The BluesBox Bayou Band

The BluesBox Bayou Band

 Sonora, California, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

The BluesBox Bayou Band!.. the new American dance hall sound! Swamp beat boogie, Cajun / zydeco grooves and New Orleans style rhythm and blues. Upcoming performances at the Long Beach Crawfish and Lobster Festivals. This is NOT your mama’s accordion band!...

Biography

This is NOT your mama’s accordion band!... The excellent “New Orleans style” reputation of The BluesBox Bayou Band has gotten around... starting out performing at high school spaghetti feeds in 1996, they began working the Mother Lode hotel / bar circuit to become one of the most popular dance / festival bands in the region. With several personal changes over the years the gumbos really cookin’ when Pete Grimaldi, accordionist, vocals and songwriter team up with multi-talented bass player, Julie Johnson and former "Mayor" and Louisiana resident, Jimi Hildreth on the rub board. Adding guitar veteran Frank Grimaldi and drummer Mike Farris, The BBBB produces a tight and powerful Cajun / zydeco swamp beat style no one can sit still to. Upcoming 2010 appearance at the Long Beach Crawfish Festival, they have expanded their fan base throughout California at dance halls like the Ashkenaz in Berkeley, Little Switzerland, Sonoma and venues such as Ironstone Amphitheater, American Music Fest Brookings OR and the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee.

Lyrics

Down the Zydeco Road

Written By: Peter Grimaldi

I pushed it to the limit and I've crossed that line
I've always had to worry but now I've got to find a way
I need a little bit of comfort, I need a little bit of soul
I'm standing at a crossroads but I really got to know...
I got to know what is common for a common man
to do what is right, to do what I can
there's a better way of living by the folks I'm told
down in Louisiana where the good times roll...
here I go, I'm down the zydeco road

It's not the way you start, it's not the way you end,
it's what goes down between it that makes it all a grand plan
'cause you might be dumb, you might be smart
it's not going to matter if you don't have the heart, have a heart
'cause I believe there's deliverance in the things we choose
it maybe the women, it might be the booze
but there's a better way of living by the folks I'm told
down in Louisiana where the good times roll...
here I go, I'm down the zydeco road

I'm going to the country, to the promise land
they got the gumbo cookin' and they play Acadianne
so if you want to know, what it's all about
you don't need a reason to be kickin' it up down there, up down there
because they dance all morning and they'll dance all night
do the bayou pon pon 'till the egrets fly
there's a better way to party by the folks I'm told
down in Louisiana where the good times roll...
here I go, I'm down the zydeco road

Everyday Feels Like Sunday

Written By: Peter Grimaldi

Everyday, feels like Sunday to me
and everyday, I feel like dancing.
Everyday feels like a party with you
down on the bayou...

when you smile, I don't need another thing
cause when you're near me, I can't help myself to sing,
sing to all your praises girl, but you've got to understand
how you affect this man...

Everyday, feels like Sunday to me
and everyday, I feel like dancing.
Everyday feels like a party with you
down on the bayou...

and when you talk, (when you talk)
I don't hear another thing
cause if you try, (if you try)
try to push my love away
I can't explain the way I feel inside, (feel inside)
but you've got to understand
how you affect this man

Acadian Sky

Written By: Peter Grimaldi

There's a great big sky over Lafayette's town,
so oak trees grow craggy and old
and there're Civil War houses still guarding the roads,
all along the Acadie Highway.

There's a prayer on the bayou that old cajuns sing
passed down to the children they owe.
It's a long, lost love song nobody forgets
in the churchyard carved in stone.

Evangeline don't you cry,
your larger than life,
because you showed a big love can hold on.
Evangeline was the bride,
her legend survives... under Acadian sky

Separation is hard when your young and in love
harsh circumstances can change.
When your torn from your homeland, told 'never return',
you'll always want what you never can have

Evangeline don't you cry,
your larger than life,
because you showed a big love can hold on
Evangeline was the bride
her legend survives... under Acadian sky

In St. Martinsville parish, young Gabriel can't wait
all alone he had to push on,
but she'd search for her lover all over the world
to all ends of the muddy Gulf shore

"Emanuel, Emanuel, mademoiselle magnifique,
a grand ciel, a grand ciel mes 'amour"...
in Gabriel's dreams he still calls out her name
Oh Evangeline come and carry us home!

Belle de Lafayette

Written By: Peter Grimaldi

Born out on the Black Bayou,
when papa put a squeezebox in her hands
singing songs about the swamp,
to rhythms only cajuns understand
and people come from all around
to listen to that Creole girl get down...

She's never been to New Orleans,
the bayou's where this girl was taught and raised
she always smiles but never talks,
but listen what those ten notes have to say
because I could not believe my eyes or my ears
or how her spirit moved me...

My belle de Lafayette, my belle de Lafayette
my belle de Lafayette, bon temps a la mussette,
my belle de Lafayette

Deep in the heart of Acadia, there's a cajun with a fire,
she prays the lake don't rise, when the gulf storms come.
She's a patron saint of life, burnin candles in the night,
hope her rituals can save me!
Oh, feels like I'm being saved right now, head south!

On the road to Lafayette,
you smell the creole cooking in the air.
When "little Calvin" comes to town
he plays his fiddle from his rockin' chair
and when the locals start to dance,
there's Louisiana magic everywhere...

Move Around

Written By: Peter Grimaldi

I said son, don't make the same mistakes I've made
Don't ask for trouble but don't be afraid
but if there's ever bad luck following you,
here's some advice from me to you...
Those times when I'm feelin' low down
I grab my squeezebox and I go downtown
I move around, I move around

I said son, don't you ever have to look behind,
keep movin' forward and you'll be fine
but if there's ever bad luck following you
here's some advice to pull you through...
Those times when I'm feelin' low down
I grab my squeezebox and I go downtown
I move around, I move around

Sometimes you gotta keep movin' it!

Hang tough! Be strong!
It takes a man to admit he's wrong.
Just keep it real and don't lose sight,
and I know everything's going to be alright 'cause...
Those times when I'm feelin' low down
I grab my squeezebox and I go downtown
I move around, I move around

I move around, I move around
I move round, I move around, I'm moving up and down
I'm moving east, I'm moving west
I've seen a lot of places and I've been to all the best you know...
Those times when I'm feelin' low down
I grab my squeezebox and I go downtown.....
Oh, I move around

Family Bayou

Written By: Peter Grimaldi

Mamas in the kitchen cookin' filet gumbo
with the shrimp Papa caught on the Black Bayou
Little gray haired ladies watchin' little babies grow
while Grampa plays the fiddle, scratchin' Diggy Diggy Lo

When the sun comes up, I'm going to go
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou,
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou

Brother took his wife and they moved sometime ago
had to find a living on the oil rig row
but he's always telling stories 'bout the life that he'd known
and when the work days done he's telling everybody so

When the sun comes up, I'm going to go
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou,
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou

Colinda went to college up at Baton Rouge
now she's making money up on Fifth Avenue
But she can't fish the river and she can't swim the slew
but when she's got the time she thinks a things she used to do

When the sun comes up, I'm going to go
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou,
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou

Now life's here changing almost everyday...
Traditional ways slowly fade away...
To all the bayou babies who've grown up and gone...
You know someday all of God's children come home!

When the sun comes up, I'm going to go
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou,
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou,
back to Louisiana to the Family Bayou.

Discography

To date the Blues Box Bayou Band have released four CD recordings, “Rockin’ Bayou Band”, “Big Fun”, Roadside Attraction, and their new release “Rock a’Bayou”. Available on line at CD Baby, Digstation, Itunes and other outlets. Check out our upcoming 2010 schedule at http://thebluesbox.net/ and pick up your very own signed copy at one of these events throughout the summer season!

Set List

90 minute sets includes a mix of covers and original songs. “Down The Zydeco Road” is an upbeat celebration of Louisiana culture with an infectious rhythm, solid guitar riffs and harmonious back up vocals. Cover songs include: “Don’t Let The Green Grass Fool You”, “Stay a Little Longer”, “I’m Coming Home”, “Crawfish”, “Another Saturday Night”, “Blue Bayou”
BluesBox originals include “Down the Zydeco Road”, “Acadian Sky”, “Everyday Feels Like Sunday”, “Rock a ‘Bayou” and “This Dog is Cryin’” and extended an version of “Allons Dancer Le Mardi Gras”
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