The Zydeco Flames have rightfully gained a reputation as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band. Their fourth CD release, “Smokin’ at The Plant” appeared in stores in 1998, providing fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of such masters as Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Queen Ida.
Lloyd Meadows and Bruce Gordon started it all, with Gordon on accordion and Meadows on vocals, harmonica, and rub board. Rounding out the lineup are William Allums on drums, Timm Walker on bass and vocals, and Frank Bohan on guitar. Accordionist Gordon brings to the band a variety of musical experiences, including periods of work with , a guitarist who played Chicago blues, and , leader of Louisiana's Eunice Playboys. The latter's accordion playing has been featured on broadcasts and movie soundtracks, as well as television advertisements. Meadows brings to Zydeco Flames an extensive background in a variety of musical genres, among them gospel, R&B, blues, classical, and jazz. Like Meadows, drummer Allums hails from a gospel background, and he still plays at a house of worship in Oakland, CA. Bass player Walker led his own outfit, Winetree, during the 1980s. With Winetree, he recorded the release Hittin'. Like his diverse bandmates, Bohan, too, adds his Chicago blues experience to the mix. His other work includes contributions to Freeway Frank & the Hotwires. Zydeco Flames have played at numerous festivals and events, including six consecutive years on the stage of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience, and Bumbershoot, the Seattle Arts Festival. Organizers of such events as Democratic fund raisers and corporate galas have booked Zydeco Flames. In the beginning, when Zydeco Flames were a simple duo, Meadows and Gordon played their brand of zydeco at the release party held for Les Blank's J'ai Ete au Bal. hosted the event. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi
The Zydeco Flames began as a duo formed by Bruce Gordon and Lloyd Meadows, performing for events such as Les Blank’s documentary release party for “J’ai Ete au Bal” (I Went to the Dance), held at Arhoolie Records. The current quintet formed some ten years ago, and has played together ever since.
The Zydeco Flames return to one of their favorite haunts for a night mixing newer songs and old favorites. Winner of a 2009 North Bay Music Award, the Flames appeared on Ashkenaz’s 30th Anniversary CD and have shared stages with most of the greats of the style at dances and festivals up and down the West Coast. They include songs from their recent, seventh album of searing Louisiana zydeco music, “Fire Dance,” and their best dance tunes from the past.