Hailing from the small Louisiana town of Soileau, Keith Frank has, over the last two decades, been the leader of the contemporary Zydeco movement, and spearheaded the rise of Zydeco music in Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas, as well as raising its profile on the national radar. He is largely credited with the re-emergence of Zydeco amongst Louisiana and Texas Creoles, returning the older generation to their roots, and introducing the music to the youth, raised on more trendy music.
His unique brand of Zydeco,fusing the traditional accordion-centric sounds with other genres of music, including elements of Rock, classic Soul, R&B, reggae, and even a little rap and hip-hop was so revolutionary that it even garnered its name,”The Keith Frank sound,” which has since been emulated. His impact on the music earned Mr. Frank a title he retains until this day: THE ZYDECO BOSS.
That Keith Frank would ultimately come to lead his own band should come as no surprise. He literally has Zydeco flowing through his blood. The eldest son of a family of Creole musicians that can trace its musical history back to the 1860s, Keith got his start as a toddler, backing his father Preston in the Family Band, which also featured his sister Jennifer on bass, and his brother Brad on drums.
An amazing self-taught musician, proficient on drums, guitar, accordion, and keyboards, Keith spent his teenage years performing with a variety of local bands. Eventually, he would reconstitute the familyband as The Soileau Zydeco Band. Zydeco history had been made!!! After 2 decades of packing dancehalls throughout the South, and touring both nationwide and internationally, Keith Frank and The Soileau Zydeco Band remain a top draw,performing at renowned national festivals such as the Chicago Blues Festival and the New Orleans Jazz Festival.