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“This is the music my grandfather played and listened to… this is a part of my heritage that I want my children to know. If I make a lot of money at this I’m happy, if I don’t make a lot of money, well, I’m still happy” – Wayne Singleton, in the documentary film, Zydeco Breakfast
While some of the younger Zydeco musicians are pushing zydeco towards progressive R&B and hip-hop, Wayne & Same Ol’ 2-Step are firmly grounded in the Opelousas-Lawtell tradition of Zydeco. Mentored by the legendary Zydeco pioneer Roy Carrier (Chubby’s late father), Wayne Singleton has toured throughout the United States and Europe, performing at such venues as Blast from the Bayou at Strawberry Park, Oshkosh Sawdust Days Jazz and Zydeco Festival, Gator by the Bay, Daphne Zydeco Festival and the Cajun & Zydeco Festival in Raamsdonksveer, Holland.
During their 15-year span, the band has produced and released six CDs.
In an effort to spread the heritage of zydeco music, a sense of hard work, and the importance of education to the younger generations, Wayne frequently visits local schools to help the students learn about the rich history of the genre and the types of instruments used in zydeco such as the accordion and the rubboard. Wayne is honest with the students about the hard work it takes to be a musician, and how setting goals, staying in school, and having a plan for their lives, is a more important key to their success than just picking up an instrument.