Zydeco Junkie

Rockin’ with Roy Swampadellic Records 2012

Zydeco Junkie

Zydeco Junkie Swampadellic Records 2010

Who Stole the Hot Sauce? Blind Pig Records 1996

Dance All Night Blind Pig Records 1993


… is undeniably “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman.” Born on July 1, 1967 in Churchpoint, Louisiana, Chubby is the third generation of zydeco artists with such famous relatives as Roy Carrier (father), Warren Carrier (grandfather), and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier who are presently considered legends in zydeco history.

Chubby began his musical career at the age of 12 by playing drums with his father’s band. He began playing the accordion at the age of 15. By age 17, Chubby had begun to play with Terrance Siemien and toured the world for 2 1/2 years, before forming his own band in 1989.

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band have recorded five CDs over the past ten years of Chubby’s professional career. His band has traveled all over the world, performing to audiences in all parts of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Canada. North Africa and Europe. Chubby and the band travel 150-175 days a year, taking his act to big festivals such as the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the Chicago Blues Fest. Summerfest (Milwaukee), Memphis in May, and several festivals in Europe. Chubby has also done guest appearances on recordings for Tab Benoit, 6Was9, and Jimmy Thackery. Ann Wilson of the group Heart encourages Chubby to “continue the great sound that you have. This sound will take you places.”

Earl Sally

…is a whirling ball of live-wire energy onstage. Formerly with Terrence Simien for eight years, {Simien recorded with Paul Simion during this time}. In 1990 he moved to Canada, and then to California in 1992.

In 1994, Earl started his own band and then relocated to Seattle, Washington, where he remained until 1997. A move to Louisiana in 1998 found him performing with Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers.

In May of 2000, Earl became a vital part of CCBSB.

A.J. Bellow

A.J. is a native of Lake Charles LA. He is the son of Chubby Carrier. A.J was born in a zydeco family. Listening to his father and grandfather (Roy Carrier) perform since he was a baby. At the tender age of 8 years old A.J would play jam sessions with his father (Chubby Carrier) in Chubby’s apartment. Later as years past by A.J. would join in on some jam sessions at his grandfather’s club in Lawtell. At the age of 15 he joined forces with Sean Ardoin’s zydeco band. He played with Sean for about 2 years…Just this past fall A.J. decided join his fathers band…Wow, AJ is now the 4th generation zydeco artist out of the Carrier family…So come get a little family traditon at the next Chubby party…

Randy Ellis

Originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana, Randy had an interest for music at an early age. When he was 5 years old his grandmother found him and his brother using tennis rackets as guitars while “playing along” to Ray Stevens song “Guitarzan”. She then asked them both if they wanted to play guitar and being typical 4 and 5 year olds they replied “yes”. Well Randy hasn’t put his guitar down since!

After teaching the music class through High School Randy then attended Guitar Institute of Technology where he graduated with honors. After graduation he went on to study music under the Ellis Marsalis Jazz Program in New Orleans. There he was exposed to Rock, Soul, R & B, Zydeco, Country and Blues-and did he ever fall in love with the Blues. Taking in , mixing and melting together everything he’d learned, Randy created his distinct sound and style. In 1995 Randy toured with Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band and later with Roddy Romero through out the United States, Canada and Europe. Randy relocated to Dallas, Texas in what you might call the Blues Breaker of his career. In 1997 he joined SHAME SHAME, his first all out Blues band, and brought his New Orleans Blues and Zydeco influence to help forge the overall sound of the band.

After Randy’s first appearance with SHAME SHAME in a popular Dallas nightspot the owner approached one of the members and asked “Who is the new guitar player?” He replied “10 letters, Two words, Randy Ellis, Don’t forget em.”

Randolph Kelly – Bassist

Randy is the newest member of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. He was formally educated in the area of Music Performance holding a Bachelor of Music from UL Lafayette. Mr. Kelly was the Principle Double Bassist for the UL Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Kelly has also been the Bassist in Residence for over six years at Destiny of Faith Christian Center Church in Lafayette, LA. Mr. Kelly has experience in a wide variety of bands, choirs, orchestras, and ensembles over a 27 year period exploring the many styles of jazz, rock, fusion, R&B, funk, blues, classical and baroque music. Mr. Kelly is still currently active with the UL Symphony and numerous other projects and ensembles in and around the Lafayette area.

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