Joe Jogerst, former member of Leftover Salmon, formed The ZydeCoasters with the vision of creating a progressive, energetic Zydeco-Cajun band that featured dueling accordions. Joe’s accordion and whirling Hammond B-3 organ together with drummer and power house Jake Coffin’s contagious rhythms were a driving force behind the band’s original Zydeco-Cajun Rock sound. Joe took the reins in creating, promoting and booking the band. As The ZydeCoasters started to take off, 3 of the band members who Joe had originally invited to join the band, turned on the other members. This caused Jake and Joe to leave the band and the ZydeCoasters were disbanded. Since then, the 3 remnants of the band are playing as the ZydeCoasters. They can call themselves the ZydeCoasters but it’s not the same band anymore.
New Family Dog!
NFD is Jon Ridnell’s latest incarnation that is aimed at getting back to his Funk and Jazz roots. With Jon on guitar and vocals. Son Miles Ridnell on bass and vocals. Steve Saviano on drums. Paul Stadler on sax. Dave Lyons on percussion. Ridnell has written alot of new progressive material. Although the band has the versatility to play almost any genre.