Sunday, May 09, 2010

Joseph Roy Carrier (1947 - 2010)

As zydeco musicians go, Roy Carrier was probably among the most underrated to come out of Louisiana. According to the Miami New Times, “Roy Carrier is the last of the original Zydeco players that came up in the 50's and 60's who put Louisiana's sexy blend of Cajun and LaLa music on the American roots map.” Sadly, this distinction didn't necessarily translate into commercial success.

Growing up on a sharecropper's farm, and spending part of his adult life working the offshore oil drills, Roy started playing music as a child. He later gained a considerable following with the baby-boom generation, moving up and down the I-95 corridor with his band, The Night Rockers. Roy's humble establishment in Lawtell, Louisiana, was the place to be for zydeco tourists between Christmas and New Years Day.

Paul Alexander made his first public appearance on the blues harp with Roy in May of 2003.

Roy died of a heart attack at Opelousas General Hospital last Tuesday, at the age of 63. A Mass of Christian Burial will be this coming Tuesday, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lawtell. Burial will be at the parish cemetery.

Requiescat in pace.

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