Louisiana music legend Wayne Toups was born into a family of rice farmers in Crowley, Louisiana, and first picked up an accordion when he was 13. He has combined Cajun music, zydeco, R&B, and rock into a genre he calls Zydecajun, singing in both English and Cajun.
He began gaining popularity in the United States around 1984, performing at local festivals such as the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette, Louisiana. In 1986 he released his first album, Zydecajun. The Cajun French Music Association’s awarded him their “Song of the Year” Award in 1991 for his song “Late in Life.” Three of his songs, including wedding favorite “Take My Hand”, were featured in the movie Dirty Rice, and some of his work is also featured on the soundtracks for the movie Steel Magnolias and the television show “Broken Badges”. His 1995 release, Back to the Bayou, became the fastest-selling record ever for the independent Louisiana label Swallow Records.
Toups has long been dubbed “The Cajun Springsteen.” On Feb. 10, 2013, Wayne was honored with his first Grammy Award. His CD The Band Courtbouillon with Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy was announced as Best Regional Roots Music Album at the prestigious ceremony. Toups has been featured playing the accordion on singles for many country music stars. He appears on the Mark Chesnutt #1 hit, “It Sure Is Monday”; on Clay Walker’s “Live Laugh Love”; and on Alan Jackson’s “Little Bitty”. He’s played with Sammy Kershaw, George Jones, Mark Wills, Garth Brooks, and Ty England.
See Wayne Toups live, only at Margaritaville. Tickets are $25 and go on sale tomorrow, June 29, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the Margaritaville Retail Store.