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. Now plays with the world traveled Revelers for the past 4 years singing and playing his own songs on fiddle and accordion.
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. Chas founded Blackpot Camp in 2011.
Mark Palms – a musician who chases the heritage of traditional music by studying knee-to-knee with cultural giants from West Virginia to West Africa and sharing what he’s learned at festivals and camps. He performs with the award winning string band The Raisin Pickers and founded the cajun band Creole du Nord. As a member of a group or a solo artist, Mark continues to honor the legacy of traditional masters.
"CURATOR OF DEAD AMERICAN GROOVES" - MM
Nashville based drummer Matt Meyer grew up in Secaucus, New Jersey with a steady diet of jazz, rock & roll, and country western that he learned going to his father's gigs, at a young age. In 2007 Matt graduated with a Bachelors degree in jazz performance from the New England Conservatory. He is Currently touring with Rounder Records recording artist Pokey LaFarge who he has performed with on the Grand Ole Opry and Conan O'Brien. His resume includes, Rachael Price, Caleb Klauder, Anais Mitchell, Miss Tess , White Hinterland, J.P Harris and The Tough Choices, Victoria Bergsman, The Defibulators, and The Cactus Blossoms. 10 years on the road has brought Matt all over the world, Touring nationally, as well as Canada the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Matt Sircely is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and independent journalist living in the shadow of the Olympic Mountains near Port Townsend, Washington. Sircely is best known for his work as a founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, a Django-inspired ensemble in Seattle, and a leading acoustic jazz band in the US for more than a decade.
Sircely has performed with many of the his major influences, including David Grisman, David Bromberg, Buell Neidlinger and Danny Barnes. His first teacher, Barry Mitterhoff, has invited Sircely to stand in for him at major venues from New York’s City Center to the Kentucky Performing Arts Center. In 2010, Mandolin Magazine placed Sircely on the cover.
Eric & Suzy have devoted their lives to the pursuit of weird and obscure old-time American music – warped fiddle tunes in odd tunings, cinematic ballads, country blues songs that contain mysterious metaphors, early Cajun music with incomprehensible French lyrics and backwards chords. Using fiddle, mandolin, guitars, Cajun accordion, banjo (and the occasional odd instrument such as the ten-stringed cuatro) they bring these early 20th century sounds right into the present day.
Jesse Lége is the real deal. Growing up in a rural, pre-electricity home in Gueydan, Louisiana, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world. He has won numerous CFMA (Cajun French Music Association) awards: Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Band of the Year, and Song of the Year, and in 1998 he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.