John "Squeezebox" Chambers, a California native, started accordion lessons at the tender age of 8. At age 14, the Beatles came to the US and the accordion was replaced by a VOX organ. After time spent in the army, John returned and started playing music, and singing in local bars and clubs… any gig that paid a few bucks. John heard of a cool music called Zydeco, from Louisiana, and he never looked back! Searching for that "special accordion" he found one perfect for that kick`n zydeco sound. On a road trip through Louisiana and the Creole states, "Squeezebox" was converted and "THE BAYOU BROTHERS" was born.
Ric Lee - Drums & Percussion
Ric Lee is a direct descendant of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and is from a very southern musical family steeped in the tradition of Americana and Cajun music. Ric started playing drums at the age 10 years old. He made his own drumsticks out of scrap wood and began learning how to play drums. He began playing in the school band and started playing professionally at the age of 16 for local events. Ric's family moved to California from Louisiana and Ric attended college in Los Angeles to study music. While playing a gig in Lake Charles, LA, his band opened for Queen Ida at a local club. Ric was mesmerized and connected with the Zydeco and Cajun beats, which became a hallmark of Ric's style. Ric, along with co-founder John Chambers on accordion, started Bayou Brothers in 1995. Ric's major influences are Boozoo Chavis, Keith Frank, Queen Ida, Brian Jack, Beausoleil and Lisa Haley.
Roger Dashle - Bass
A multitalented instrumentalist, our bassist, Roger, started out playing drums in high school, then moved on to a guitar position in a band called The Romans. He has been a professional musician ever since, playing all styles of music from classical and swing to ethnic Americana. After his service in the Air Force, Roger moved to Slidell, Louisiana. It was during these years in Roger's life that his eyes were opened to the traditional music and culture of the good people of Louisiana.
Upon his return to San Diego, he started working with the Bayou Brothers on electric bass and double bass. Roger's musical influences include BB King, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Jimmi Reed, Louis Armstrong, Louie Prima, Boozoo Chavis and Clifton Chenier.
Charles Burton - Lead Guitar, Slide & Vocals
Born in Los Angeles in 1958, "Lake Charles" Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, and Americana Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands all over the world, and has headlined and played with the late great Hosea Leavy. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs and has toured Europe, headlining festivals for many years. In 2007/2008, he toured Scandinavia, playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge and also took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues. Widely regarded as one of the best blues guitarist on the West coast, "Lake" Charles Burton, San Diego's Blues Ambassador, brings a down home flavor to the Bayou Brothers' Louisiana Zydeco gumbo!
A native Californian and born of Russian immigrants, Thom has been a performer from the age of seven. A multi-instrumentalist, he has been playing music and performing all his life. His introduction to Europe had him learning how to busk in the streets of Paris, playing saxophone and guitar. He had graduated to playing in circus shows, theatre and many types of music groups. Thom has also worked as a disaster inspector for many years and has worked in Louisiana many, many times during hurricanes and floods. An emotional time for him was when he was deployed to work Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005 for many months, where he was enabled to help hundreds of people during the tough times the people of Louisiana endured. He was brought even closer to the traditions, culture and music of Louisiana. Thom is one of the creators of the internationally known Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival in San Diego, Calif.
Judy Seid - Rubboard
Judy, our Bayou Sister, has an infectious passion and love for the Louisiana zydeco beat. Audiences love watching her move & groove while scrubbin' the rubboard to fast-tempo zydeco rhythms as well as slow and easy waltzes. Judy began as a member of the Bontemps Social Club of San Diego over 15 years ago, and has dovetailed her love for zydeco music and dancing into her creative and high-energy style, which has been called "rubboard jammin'". Sister Judy has become one of the best female rubboard players to emerge on the scene.
Karen Lee - Band Mom, Admin & Sales
The wife of Ric Lee, Karen is the band Mum, who is the inspiration of every member of the Bayou Brothers family.
Working behind the scenes, Karen also handles all the administration work and the sales of all the band's CDs and other memorabilia.
Jessica Lee - Rubboard
The daughter of Ric Lee, Jessica is a natural born zydeco rubboard rhythm player. She has recorded and performed many times over with the Bayou Brothers band. Her charm and big smiles combined with her sizzling rubboard rhythms keep the band a popular show which is enjoyed by all! Jessica alternates rubboard with Judith Seid.