PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
The ZYDECO FLAMES
The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast's premiere Zydeco band. The Flames consistently pack the house in venues ranging from contemporary clubs to major festivals and traditional dancehalls. Their sizzling roots rhythms are timeless and the execution of them relentless, with a stunningly powerful groove. The Flames' sixth CD release "Fire It Up", provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.
Lloyd Meadows: (vocals, rubboard, harmonica, lyrics) Lloyd is a consummate entertainer and rousing crowd pleaser. His infectious energy infuses audiences wherever he performs. A classically trained singer, Lloyd's soulful, steamy style ranges from rock to blues to R&B, leading to a unique blend of Zydeco. His diverse musical background includes performances and recordings with Mal Sharpe's Big Money, Tom Rigney, Motordude Zydeco and Elvin Bishop. He appears regularly with bandmate and guitarist, Freeway Frank, at the notorious Twangfest.
Frank Bohan: (guitar) Frank has musical roots deep in the styles of the Chicago blues. Flames' fans are energized by his masterful solos and rhythm guitar work. Frank also served as bandleader for Freeway Frank and the Hotwires, and has played with Johnny Copeland, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Ricardo Scales, and Johnny Nitro. You can find Frank on Saturday mornings hamming it up with Marin favorites in the "Frank and Ted Show" at the Coffee Roasters in San Anselmo and jamming every other Wednesday at the infamous "Twangfest" at Peri's in Fairfax with local luminaries Bonnie Hayes, Ted O'Connell, Jeb Harrison, Tal Morris, Eric Shram and Kevin Hayes (of the Robert Cray Band).
Timm Walker: (bass, vocals, lyrics, producer, engineer) Timm is one reason why The Flames are known for having one of the tightest rhythm sections in the business. His performance credits include work with The Larry James Band, Roy Gaines, J.J. Malone, Sista Monica, Bobby Murray, and Andre Thierry. He is also a core member of The Elvin Bishop Band. Timm produced and engineered the Flames’ most recent CDs, "Bank the Fire” and “Fire it Up;" founded and recorded the New Orleans flavored funk at Beaufunk and engineered and produced their first CD "Change Gone Come Fa Betta."
William Allums Jr.: (drums) William's inspirational playing, with his unique brand of Louisiana-spiced rhythms, continues to draw fans to their feet and on to the dance floor. This multi-faceted player has deep roots in gospel music, hip-hop, funk and R&B.
Fire It Up (2006)
Bank the Fire (2003)
Zydeco Flames Live: Smokin' at the Plant (1998)
The Heat is On (1996)
Burnin' Up the Tracks (1995)
Hot Offerings (1993) Compilations
Ashkenaz 30th Anniversary CD (2008)
Oakland City Center Sounds (2007), featuring "Fire It Up"
West Coast Mardi Gras Party (2001), featuring "You Can Dance (All Night Long)" from Smokin' at the Plant
Best Zydeco Band, West Coast Blues Society (2006)
Best Original Song ("Don't Worry"), West Coast Cajun & Zydeco Association (1997)
Five Flames songs are featured in the computer reality game, "The Sims Unleashed"