Wilson Chavis, Jr.

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A protege of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, Wilfred Chevis honed an urbanized style heavily informed by his mentor's touch. Born in Church Point, Louisiana in 1945, Chevis grew up steeped in the traditions…
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A protege of zydeco king Clifton Chenier, Wilfred Chevis honed an urbanized style heavily informed by his mentor's touch. Born in Church Point, Louisiana in 1945, Chevis grew up steeped in the traditions of Cajun "la-la" music, and learned to play accordion from his father. He mastered the instrument after becoming a pupil of Chenier, who even sold him the accordion he played throughout his professional career. Chevis relocated to Houston in 1969, and there he and his Texas Zydeco Band became a fixture on the area club and festival circuit; in 1985, he finally made his first LP, Foot Stompin' Zydeco. Beginning during the late 1980s, Chevis also began hosting a zydeco show on Houston station KPFT-FM; a second album, Let's Go to P.T.'s, followed in 1991.