Grandson of well known accordion builder Larry Miller, Blake has been surrounded by Cajun music and culture his entire life. Hailing from the small town of Iota Louisiana, Blake, a fluent french speaker and songwriter, managed to acquire a degree in Francophone studies from The University Of Louisiana at Lafayette, and in the mean time founded the popular young Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and became a member of the premiere Louisiana roots band The Red Stick Ramblers. He has also served stints in just about every other Cajun/creole band of note including Balfa Toujours, Les Malfecteurs and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole bringing his strong cultural identity and accomplished musicianship to the world.
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, was born to play the guitar. He plays with a confidence and diversity that belies his young age being able to seamlessly switch from any of the numerous blues styles he’s mastered to country jazz and the Southwest Louisiana guitar styles that he has fallen in love with. Not only has his guitar playing been featured on numerous albums to come out of the Louisiana music scene but also his songs have been on quite a few albums, including Linda Ronstadt and Ann Savoy’s Grammy Nominated Adieu False Heart. His individualistic guitar playing, singing, and songwriting mark Chas Justus as one of the next Southern troubadours with a new song that sounds refreshingly old.
A consummate musician’s musician, Daniel Coolik, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, swept into the Lafayette scene in 2009 and quickly added his name to many respectable rosters, loaning his talents to such groups as Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, The Red Stick Ramblers, Les Malfecteurs, and The Yvette Landry Band. Daniel was already an adept multi-instrumentalist in the Asheville, North Carolina scene where he focused on jazz mandolin as well as old time Appalachian traditional music, and has since emerged as a violoniste extraordinaire here in Acadiana. His abilities have taken him all over the globe, including Haiti, Thailand, most countries in Western Europe, and Canada.
Baton Rouge native Glenn Fields is the quintessential Louisiana drummer. He has also emerged as a fine singer causing comparisons to be drawn the late Levon Helm as well as Louisiana drummer vocalists Warren Storm and Lil’ Bob. Although a capable bandleader and founder of The Red Stick Ramblers, Glenn is also the first call for those looking for the most unshakable groove, versatility, and peerless taste of anyone whoever hit the skins. It’s no wonder that his skills have taken him all over the world including the Far East. He is also responsible for the creation of The Blackpot Festival, an event representing Louisiana’s cultural renaissance and vitality that he so embodies.
Hailing from Clay, Alabama, Eric has been playing the Upright Bass since he was 8 years old. He first learned from his father while attending local Bluegrass Jams almost every weekend and Festivals in the Summertime. In 2003, he was hand-picked to join the Red Stick Ramblers and became an invaluable addition to their brand of Cajun Gypsy Swing. Over the years, Eric has appeared on almost 40 recordings singing and playing many different instruments including Bass, Banjo and Triangle, and has lent his ears to Producing and Co-Producing several projects. His song Bloodshot Eyes was nominated in 2010 for Song of the Year by Offbeat Magazine, and his song Katrina was prominently used in the HBO series Treme as well as the film You’re In Charge. Eric has been featured on 4 GRAMMY nominated recordings, including the 2012 Grammy Award Winning Best Regional Roots category, for The Band Courtbouillon. Eric also has acting experience, appearing in Seasons 3 & 4 of Treme, 2013’s Bonnie and Clyde, and I Saw the Light- a Biopic about Hank Williams.