Two-time Grammy-nominated Dwayne Dopsie hails from one of the most influential Zydeco families in the world, as the youngest son of the Zydeco legend Rockin’ Dopsie (Alton Jay Rubin). The Louisiana native is both lyricist and composer, and his upcoming album on Louisiana Red Hot Records “Set Me Free” is soulful, with a touch of blues and classic zydeco.
Building from family tradition, Dwayne (Rubin) Dopsie developed his own high energy style of 21st Century Zydeco. The singer/songwriter and accordionist has rocked audiences across the globe since debuting his band, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers, at the age of 19.
Dopsie, grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, teaching himself accordion by watching classic videos of his father Rockin’ Dopsie and Clifton Chenier and recording himself with a video camera for hours, perfecting his performance.
His band, Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, has a combined century of experience in Zydeco which is on display in exuberant performances around the world.
Dopsie is beloved at home as much as internationally, winning the Offbeat Magazine Awards over a dozen times, and being named in Louisiana
Travel’s Top 100 reasons people come back to Louisiana.
Playing not only Zydeco, but also rhythm and blues, funk, rock and roll,
reggae and pop, Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers have built a thriving touring career — with Dwayne particularly known for his charismatic crowd work and getting an audience out of their seats.
Dopsie’s media appearances have included CBS This Morning, The Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and international media from Brazil to South Africa.
He’s been featured in profiles from the New York Times to Rolling Stone Magazine, which has called him the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion. His Set Me Free is scheduled for release in 2021 on Louisiana Red Hot Records.