JABO

Texas Prince of Zydeco




 

Known as the “Texas Prince of Zydeco,” JABO's mixture of  the soul of Blues with the foot tapping rhythms of Zydeco, has made him a force to be recognized in both genres of music! This "squeezebox" player is not only a master accordionist, but former blues drummer, talented singer and consumate band leader. 


Jabo is  a spiritual man whose affection for Zydeco and Blues has inspired him to fuse the two-- creating a fusion of sound--often in collaboration with other talented artists like the legendary blues stylings of Rue Davis and the young-blood talent of Lil' Jabb.  The end result is a a show that takes audiences to a height of excitement, they can't help but join in on the fun!


Jabo, a quiet, humble man, started singing and playing drums at the age of 8 and, like most artists of the time, was deeply rooted in the church. By his teens he was performing both with both Blues and Zydeco artists. He was inspired and influenced by such greats as Joe Simon, Boo Zoo Chavis; Rockin’ Sidney; Clifton Chenier; Bobby Blue Bland; B.B. King and a host of others.


JABO has graced the cover of Texas Monthly Magazine and has been featured in the Houston Chronicle and numerous Zydeco and Blues magazines. In 1988, while working on a project, he met and later teamed up with the late great, "Meistro"  Calvin Owens.  Calvin was BB King's former orchestra conductor.  Jabo was consequently featured on several of the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra albums.


JABO has performed with or opened for such legendary artists as Bobby Blue Bland; Rockin Sidney; Johnnie Taylor; Tyrone Davis, Rue Davis; and many othes. In 2005, he released an album titled “Zydeco Around the Town” which has received rave reviews. In 2007, the single, “You Didn’t Hurt Me” written by Rue Davis and performed with the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra hit #4 on the music charts.  Jabo's album titled “Texas Prince of Zydeco” has been available on Amazon.com for years. His newly released album "Zydeco Tramp" features the music and voices of Lil Jabb & Triple Krown as well as the legendary blues man Rue Davis.


Today, JABO continues to amaze audiences of all sizes--from intimate clubs to large auditoriums -- with his high energy, qiet professionalism and showmanship--not to mention the reactions to his powerful fusion of the high energy of Zydeco and the soulful moan of the Blues.


 

Hear clips from his “Zydeco Tramp” CD!...

Lil Jabb: 

Get on the Floor

Rue Davis: I ‘m Going Home

JABO:

Zydeco

Tramp

Jan 2, 2010...



Jabo Prince of Zydeco, Rue Davis and Lil Jabb  in Weimar, Texas and at the famous Swiss Alp Dance Hall, just north of Schuleburg Texas


New Year’s Saturday, zydeco and blues artists  #1 played host to a standing room only crowd in downtown Weimar Texas' old movie theatre building.   With a little imagination and a lot of help, event planners from Serilla Ranch Productions and MoShows.com transformed The Platinum into a entertainment facility --complete with tablecloths and candles---for the show.


Anyone who attended either show will agree that the concept of combining zydeco with blues creates a show that can’t help but be a resounding success. Both shows started with a bang as  Lil Jabb & Triple Krown energized audiences with their  unique brand of "Zydeco Soul Hip Hop."  Guests from Weimar, but Smithville, LaGrange, Round Rock,  Eagle Lake, Jasper, Columbus, San Antonio, Katy and Houston quickly discovered that hypnotic toe-tapping beat that is so irresistible in zydeco music. 



JABO

 




John Newsome






Lady Vee

 

Attendees were then both thrilled and impressed by the versatility of Jabo with familiar and original zydeco and blues tunes while Lady Vee bopped through the audience throwing sparks from her rubboard--enticing even more 'happy feet people" to join her on the dance floor.


The world-renown John Newsome was in attendance with Newsome rocking the bass, and the the dance floors were filled with folk.  Also featured in cameo segments on the first show was Roger Valentine & Lil Buck.  Valentine wowed the audience with his unusual voice and amazing tribute to BB King; while Lil  Buck, a former rodeo singer from LaGrange Texas, brought back memories for seniors in the audience with his tradition country blues renditions.



Rue Davis

 

The legendary Rue Davis then took the Weimer program to a new level.  An exceptional writer, producer, recording artist and performer of Blues, R&B and Southern Soul Music for many years, Davis is well known for his blues hits: "Tip of the Boo," "Staying Home with My Baby," "Candy Sweet," "Giving Up the Streets" and others.  Rue, a consummate Bluesman, has written many hit songs for other recording artists, including Bobby Blue Bland, Floyd Taylor, Buddy Ace, Shirley Brown, and Dorothy Moore (of "Misty Blue" and "Good Time Man" fame).  He is featured on two CDs of the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, crooning among other tunes,  "Ain't Nobody Can Love You Like Me" and  wrote the music for all the tunes on Trudy Lynn's  "I'm Still Here" CD.  Rue was honored, in 2005, as "The International Songwriter of the Year " at the Jackson Music Awards.  Jackson, Mississippi is known as the historical home of the blues and the respect for winners of their prestigious awards is global. 




At the Swiss Alp show, Donna Nash added a country touch to the set.  Donna’s renditions of a host of country favorites with her agile dancers, more than satisfied



 

Jabo, Lil Jabb

&

Country Singer,

Donna Nash