1992 - Escaping from the smoking wreck of the widely and critically acclaimed Dude Ranch, Lucky Oceans (world renowned steel guitarist, and by now button accordionist) approached Bill Rogers (vocals, sax and harmonica) about starting a band to play some Zydeco. With ex-Dude Ranch guitarist/vocalist & Rock and Roll encyclopedia Kent Hughes involved, this trio began to rehearse while they searched for both repertoire and rhythm section.
From the start, the idea was to combine Zydeco with 'Cat' music - swing, jump blues and rockabilly, plus any other style that suited the line-up, including rock and roll, country blues, soul, R&B, Cajun and New Orleans R&B, plus a handful of Lucky's and Kent's own songs from the Dude Ranch song book.
Gary France (ex-Dude Ranch) was onboard during the formative stages and first few gigs but was soon replaced by the recent graduate of the Edith Cowan University jazz course, Evan Jenkins. Evan and fellow graduate, Paul Binns were the Zydecats' rhythm section for the first year, but were eventually replaced.
The drummer's stool was soon taken over by lovable giant, Konrad Park - a powerhouse funkster, whose enthusiasm for the band made a huge difference. Six months later, Paul was replaced by Ben Franz, who despite his age (early 20's) already had knowledge and experience of most of the styles encompassed in the Zydecats' repertoire; particularly blues, R&B, rockabilly and rock and roll.
By the end of the first year, the band had a healthy batch of good songs written by the three singers (Lucky, Kent and Bill), an ever-increasing repertoire in the various styles previously mentioned, and with a young and committed rhythm section willing to push the boundaries - with all members involved in arrangements.
Gary France, that Scottish bassist, Evan Jenkins, Paul Binns
People who have played with the Zydecats:
Russell Smith, Gandhava, Adam Gare, Geoff Maxwell, Bob Patient (Honorary member), Carl Mackey, Michael Cartwright, Marty Pervan, Chris Tarr, Ben Van der Vaal, Simon Jeans, Jim Fisher, John 'Crash' Crothers, Trevor Lee Hawkins, Phil Bennet, Kerry Panara, Emma Franz, The Holmes Brothers(link to Holmes Brothers), Linsey Hammond, Gerry Hale, Emma Franz, Heavenly Light Quartet, Tony Backhouse, Caryn Sullivan, Tom Fisher, Rochelle Cooper, Al Kash, Ray Pereira, Toby Gosfield, Tetey Ni Tetteh, Reg Zar, Norm Burroughs, Shane Mancuso, Paul Kelly(link to Paul Kelly), Graeme Bell, that kid that Konrad teaches, Lois Olney, Jimmy Williams, DJ Nick Shepherd, 'Dave' AKA Glenn Sutherland, Paul Williamson(link to Paul Williamson), Tim Neal, Michael Jordan, Sam Lemann, Jody Gare, Jeff St. John(link to Jeffrey St.John & The Embers) , Anna Gare, Ron Verhoeff, Duncan Campbell, Jean-Guy, Shirley Smith, Hayden Pickersgill, Dave Shaw, Anna, Rosie and Nina Rogers, Ace Follington, John Powers, Damon Davies, Mic Conway(link to Mic Conway, Cyril Manuel, Manoly,Tony Garnier,Adam Hall,Scott Wise,Damien 'Drac' Denier,Annie Neal,Greg Brenton,Joe Whittle,Danny Susnjar,Angus Diggs,Justin Brady,Eugene 'Hideaway' Bridges,Dave Brewer,The 'Barbras',Pete Guazzelli,Wayne Freer,Josie Mitchell,Matt Taylor,Jean-Guy,Kerry Harmanis,Rio Sidik,Barrett Whitfield,James Black,Peter Armitage,Ruth Wise,Rusty Pinto,Pete Guazzelli.
Names for the CD that didn't get used:
"Water, we hear four", "Society against the use of unnecessarily long
names on CD covers" P.H.O.R.F.- coming (Park, Hughes, Oceans,
If you are interested in our previous website ,try this zydecat archive link also here is a Lucky interview july 2002 link