Zydecoal is a different kind of band on the regional music scene. Formed in early 1994 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., this five man group heats up the dance floor with the Cajun/Zydeco music of southwestern Louisiana. Zydeco is a blues based music that, like the gumbo Louisiana is famous for, brings exotic ingredients to a spicy boil. You will hear the sound of country, rock, blues, reggae and even Tex-Mex performed on accordions and rub boards and sung sometimes in Cajun French. You will enjoy carnival traditions like catching Mardi Gras beads and “Second Line” parades.
Bill Davis is lead singer and plays rub board, mandolin, harmonica, keyboards fiddle and guitar. Bill has been playing in the Pa. area since the '60s in country and rock bands.
Karl Kaminski joined the group in 2003. He is also a longtime veteran of the Pa. club scene and is an expert luthier having built guitars for members of the Allman Brothers Band. Karl plays guitar and sings.
Dave Gonzalo is featured on accordion. He is a former first place winner at the National Accordion Competition
Bob Gryziec, bass player and vocals, has played on top 20 hits with the Buoys, concert with Chuck Berry and everything from jazz to new wave.
Chris Kolojejchick, formerly with Teddy Young and the Aces, provides the wide variety of rhythms that zydeco calls for on the drums.
In their many years together, Zydecoal has played in clubs (including Abilene in Philadelphia, the River St. Jazz cafe in Pa., The Bayou in New York City ). Pocono resorts like Split Rock and Jack Frost, festivals in Hoboken NJ (with Herman's Hermits and Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees) N.Y.C. (with Robert Cray, The Radiators and Gatemouth Brown), Connecticut (with File), the F.M. Kirby Center, Bud Lite Amphitheater (with Buckwheat Zydeco), Norfolk Va. Bayou Festival, State College Arts Fair and they have jammed with the C.J. Chenier band and Billy Kirchen of Commander Cody and opened for the Dirty Dozen Brass band and the Grass Roots.
Both their 1997 CD "Where there's coal, there's fiyo" (in its second printing) and the 2002 CD, “Seedy”, have been reviewed favorable as far away as Sweden, Argentina and South Africa. 2004 brought a new CD, "Where you got them shoes" which was licensed to MTV and has reviews in Japan and Belgium. 2007's "Show us your originals" is a repackage of all the Zydecoal originals available to download on I-Tunes and Amazon
Every day is Mardi Gras when zydeco is playing and Zydecoal has worked hard to keep the sound authentic
Concerts and Festivals:
Jambalaya Jam, Bud Lite Ampitheatre, Harveys Lake, Pa. 95-’96-’97-'98
Cajun/Zydeco Music Festival, Moodus, Ct.
Crawfish Festival, Kingston, N. Y.
Musikfest, Hatboro, Pa.
Blair Co. Arts Festival, Altoona, Pa. 2000,04,06
Celebration of the Arts, Kirby Center,
Wine festival, New Tripoli, 96-97-98-99-00-01
102.3 the Mountain (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
KVLR-FM (Sacremento, Ca.)
WFCF-FM (St. Augustine, Fla.)
WCBN-FM (Ann Arbor, Mi)
KOGT-FM (Orange, Tx.)
WCNI-FM (New London, Ct.)
WRFG-FM (Atlanta, Ga)
WVRX-FM (Austin, Tx)
FM 91.3 RE BUENOS AIRES-ARGENTINA
KZUM-FM (Lincoln, Ne.) Feature show and interview
Jack Frost Ski Resort Split Rock Lodge Ski Resort-95 thru 09
Hiawatha Paddle Wheel Riverboat Cruise, Williamsport, Pa 97-98-99-00-01
Spirit of America Paddle Wheel Riverboat Cruise, Harrisburg, Pa.
WYOU-TV, WBRE-TV, WNEP-TV, Footage of Concerts
MTV road rules (background music)
Feature articles in:
Dirty Linen Magazine, Dec. 03
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader 95, 96, 97
Citizens Voice,Wilkes-Barre Pa. 95, 96, 97
Weekender, Wilkes-Barre Pa. 95, 96, 97
Sun Gazzette, Williamsport Pa
Middletown Press, Middletown Ct.
In-Tune magazine, Layfayette, La.
Sound Check magazine, Wilkes-Barre, Pa,
Zydeco Road, Long Island, NY
Scranton Times, Scranton, Pa
Fussin too much-Clifton Chenier
O wow- Buckweat Zydecol
Take me away- Zachary Richard
Evangeline- Los Lobos
Cajun Cookin- Zydecoal
Keep your monkey away from my door- Mink DeVille
Who stole the hot sauce- Chubby Carrier
I wonder- Clifton Chenier
Women are smarter- Neville Brothers
Walk of life- Dire Straits
Sugarloaf Zydeco- Zydecoal
C'est la vie- Chuck Berry
Sugarloaf Zydeco- Zydecoal
C'est la vie- Chuck Berry
Who stole my monkey- Zachary Richard
Same old song- Four Tops
Hog fot you- Zydeco Force
Blow the Zydeco- Chris Jaegger
Thats Enough of that stuff- Marcia Ball
Zydeco Bandstand- Zydecoal
Breathe normaly- Zydecoal
Lilly daddys Cadillac- Mink DeVille
New York to Bayou- File
Our last night- Los Lobos
Back door open- Zydecoal
Hot tamale baby- Buckweat Zydeco
See my woman- Clifton Chenier
IRS- Buckweat Zydeco
Drift away- Neville Brothers
Jole Blon- Gary US Bonds
All night long- Clifton Chenier
Poke salad Annie- Tony Jo White
Make her slow down-Zydecoal
Au Revior Lafayette- Zydecoal
Too much fun- C. J. Chenier
New Orleans got everything- Zydecoal
Bug up- Zydecoal
The Gravedigger- Bluerunners
Zydecoal Promo Video
Aug 28, 2009- (7-9PM)-Kielbasa Festival, Plymouth, Pa. Final Show
Aug 15, 2009- The Sand Bar Patio,(4-8) Split Rock Lodge, Lake Harmony, Pa. June 20, 2009- The Sand Bar Patio,(4-8) Split Rock Lodge, Lake Harmony, Pa.
May 30, 2009- Spyglass Ridge Blues Festival (with Tom Larson), Sunbury, Pa.
Sept 27, 2008- Glenside Street Fair, Glenside, PA
Aug 29, 2008- (7-9PM)-Kielbasa Festival, Plymouth, Pa.
Aug 10, 2008- Private Party, Numedia, Pa
Aug 8, 2008- York County country club, York, Pa.
July 12, 2008- Milford Music Festival, Milford, PA
June 22, 2008- Island Park Cafe, Buttzville, NJ
June 21, 2008- Private Party Tarrytown, NY
May 18, 2008- Fine Arts Fiesta, Wilkes-Barre,Pa
May 17, 2008- Private Party, Harrisburg, PA
May 17, 2008 (12 noon)- Mifflin-Juniata Arts Festival, Lewistown, Pa
May 4, 2008- Spring Arts Festival, with Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, Hoboken
Feb 2, 2008 Island Park Cafe- Buttzville, NJ
Sept 22, 2007 (12-2)-Community Day, Oaks, Pa.
Tex Rowe - Bass
Barry Brewski - Accordion