DANIEL COOLIK | Fiddle • Guitar
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.
GLEN FIELDS | Drums
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.
BLAKE MILLER | Accordion • Fiddle
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.
CHAS JUSTUS | Guitar
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.
ERIC FREY | Bass
If something needs getting done Eric Frey is your man. The son of a bluegrass bass player, Eric grew up going from jam to jam and festival to festival around his hometown of Clay, Alabama. It was only natural for Eric to play bass and sing which attracted the Red Stick Ramblers to recruit him to Louisiana in 2003. He is not only a versatile bassist (both upright and electric) but also a brilliant lead and part singer and he has been and is becoming well known for his record producing as well as his witty but meaningful songwriting. Oh yeah, he happens to play old-time banjo and loves to research old songs.
THE CHRIS MILLER | Saxophone
TCM is the newest member of the Revelers, though no stranger to fans as he’s featured on the debut record and has been guesting with the band at live shows since the beginning. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he grew up listening to bluegrass music but found his voice in the saxophone and has quickly developed a reputation as an in-demand soloist. Recently he’s been featured with bands as diverse as Mike & Ruthy (the Mammals), the Andrew & Noah Band (Great Bear Trio), and AC Newman (the New Pornographers). It’s been said that his fiery tone and homage to the swamp pop masters is the “glue” in the Revelers unstoppable sound.