A torch-bearer for the vintage zydeco customs personified by Clifton Chenier, Fernest Arceneaux earned the name “THE BRAND NEW Prince of Accordion” for his virtuosic prowess. Given birth to August 27, 1940 to a big sharecropping family located in Lafayette, Louisiana, he first found his brother-in-law’s accordion while operating the areas as a kid, and discovered his art by copying his dad, himself a rural musician whom the youngster frequently backed at regional house parties. Nevertheless, from the 1960s, Arceneaux experienced forgotten his zydeco origins to play acoustic guitar in a rock and roll & roll music group, an organization which originally presented two drummers and produced this type of mighty racquet that these were dubbed Fernest as well as the Thunders. Just during the past due 1970s — in support of in the behest of his hero Chenier himself — do Arceneaux go back to the accordion, and quickly the Thunders produced the move from rock and roll to zydeco. Found out in 1978 by Belgian blues aficionado Robert Sacre, the group — also offering vocalist/bassist Victor Walker, guitarist Chester Chevalier and drummer Clarence “Jockey” Etienne — installed the to begin many European trips, and within weeks they documented their debut LP Fernest as well as the Thunders; albums like 1979’s Rockin’ Pneumonia and 1981 Zydeco Stomp! adopted, but soon after saving the second option, Walker was wiped out inside a barroom brawl. Arceneaux himself after that assumed vocal responsibilities, although due to asthma his existence didn’t pack exactly the same punch; still, the Thunders continued to be a favorite live attraction, specifically around the Gulf Coastline crawfish circuit, and continuing issuing LPs including 1985’s Zydeco Thunder, 1987’s Gumbo Particular and 1994’s Zydeco Blues Party. Gumbo Unique made an appearance in fall 2000.