Tony’s musical journey began at birth, born in Lafayette Louisiana in1961 his Cajun roots run deep. His Grandfather lead the way, he was a multi instrumentalist in various Cajun bands in the 20’s and 30’s and although he passed away in 1949 it was only a matter of time before stories about him were passed down. While growing up there was always music playing around the house, his Parents played a wide variety of music like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Herb Albert, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley The Beatles and Clifton Chenier, this would prove beneficial to his musical growth.
…… Then came Jimi Hendrix, well that changed everything and naturally the only instrument to want was a guitar so he got one for his Birthday at the age of 14 and hasn’t set it down since.
Although Hendrix was his main influence he also was influenced by lots of other music that came into being during the 70’s, then his ear would turn to progressive Rock, Jazz/Fusion and in a roundabout way get into the Blues.
Tony has played and toured the States and Europe with various Rock, Cajun, Blues and Zydeco bands in Louisiana before relocating to Colorado in 95′ and when he arrived on the music scene here and it wasnt long before he began playing some of that good ole Louisiana Roots Music on the stages of Colorado. Tony has lead a band on the front range for over 16 years and has recorded several CD’s including a CD with the current band BlueKrewe of all his original music that reflects his growing up in the Cajun Culture.
He has many influences, but some are Albert King, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, John McLaughlin, Larry Carlton, Jeff Beck, Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimi Page and Jimi Hendrix. Tony says when the opportunity came up to join a world class Steely Dan Tribute band, it felt like everything was coming together.