Has Beans!Wanna Dance?
Made In Louisiana
About Has Beans
The Has Beans are a "supergroup" made up of various Lafayette baseed bands that have toured nationally and internationally. A short list would include Filé, the Basin Brothers, Hadley J. Castille's Sharecroppers, Coteau and the Red Beans and Rice Revue . They perform an eclectic mix of Cajun, Zydeco, Creole, classic rhythm and blues. The repertoire also includes classic songs from any genre that the band can put their touch on to fill the dance floor! Plus an ever expanding repertoire of original songs. Unafraid to color outside of the lines, but always keeping that strong South Louisiana groove going. The Has Beans are a band that could only have come out of the fertile musical climate of Lafayette, Louisiana!
Once in a Lifetime
In the early 70's dancehalls like Jay's Lounge, Bon Ton Rouler' and Hamilton Club became the foundation for a growing appreciation of local music. This is where groups like Red Beans and Rice Revue, Zachary Richard and Michael Doucet's pre - Beausoleil group "Coteau" were setting the old dancehalls on fire.
The music pouring out of the dances was exciting, very danceable and yes, rebellious; Traditional Cajun tunes and instruments blended with the melodic, improvisational lead guitar influence of the Allman Brothers and GratefulDead. The music blasting out of these old dance halls turned a whole younger generation onto the indigenous music of South Louisiana. The brainchild of front man Ward Lormand was to put together a band that could recreate that revolutionary dancehall sound of the mid 1970's.
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Photo by Geoff Reed
About the Musicians
The various members of the Has Beans through their long careers have toured the world, appeared on dozens of recordings and have been honored to have shared the stage with many of their musical heroes. An abbreviated list would range from Dewey Balfa , DL Menard, Hadley Castille... to Chubby Carrier, Keith Frank, Lightning Hopkins, Clifton Chenier... to Joel Sonnier, Doug Kershaw, Hunter Hayes, Paul Simon and Sonny Landreth to name but a few.
Has Beans Cookin
Our debut release!
- Has Beans Cookin'
- Ce Macaque Ma Frappe' Un Coup D'Brique Sur La Jambe
- The Traveliers Special Reprise
- If I Didn't Know You
- She's About A Mover
- Little Fat Man
- Les Barres De La Prison
- Pine Grove Road House Blues
- Porch Dancing
- Stop Breaking My Heart
- You Say
- Wake Me Shake Me
- Bon Soir Moreau
Recorded mixed and mastered by Tony Daigle at Electric Comoland.
Produced by Tony Daigle and Has Beans. Inside photo Geoff Reed.
- Tommy Bodin - Bass, Vocals
- Blake Castille - Guitar
- Henry Hample - Fiddle, Vocals
- Phil Kaelin - Slide Guitar, Vocals
- Danny Kimball - Drums, Vocals
- Ward Lormand - Accordions, Vocals