Karen Kaser - Fiddle, Vocals
At age 10, Karen heard men in cowboy hats playing fiddles
at her elementary school in Beaumont, Texas, inspiring her to learn to
play the violin. After moving to Seattle in 1977, she and husband John Morris
started dancing to Cajun music, which was experiencing a revival.
Twenty years ago, they started playing for dances. "We love the music
and the community built around it!"
John Morris - Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
John and his wife, Karen Kaser, have traveled extensively in Louisiana over the past 20 years learning tunes directly from cajun and creole musicians there. They've played in such Seattle bands as Louisiana Purchase and Louisiana Roadhouse. "Cajun music: the rock and roll of folk music, it's always a party."
David Grixoni - Bass Guitar, Vocals
David Grixoni's been playing bass licks for more years than we can remember. Originally from northern California, he has played in rhythym and blues bands for years. His own band, Ragged Glory, plays Neil Young tunes, and much more! His vocals are a great addition to the Swamp Soul sound.
Kevin Kilmartin - Lead Guitar
Kevin Kilmartin is a real veteran of the Seattle zydeco scene. He produced our CD and played in the Zydeco Locals for years. We feel very fortunate to have his hot leads and back-up rhythym complete our sound.
Grant Steele - Drums
Grant Steele has played drums professionally in Seattle for 20 years. His dad was a professional jazz musician. His double kick bass and snappy snares help us recreate a zydeco/creole sound not often heard outside of Louisiana.
Julia Derby - Rub-board, Triangle
Julia Derby backs up many touring Louisiana bands with her rub-board and triangle. If you can't move to her rhythyms, check your pulse - you might be dead!