1947 – May 4, 2010
Roy Carrier was an accomplished accordion player and singer who was part of a musical family that was highly influential to world of Zydeco and Cajun music. He was considered to be one of the last living original Zydeco greats of the 50’s and ’60s. Over a career that began when he was just ten years old, Carrier and his bands drew large crowds at festivals and clubs across the country and beyond. In 1980, he opened the Offshore Lounge (named so since he earned his living on the offshore oil rigs along the Louisiana coast.) The club soon became a beacon for up-and-coming zydeco musicians to jam with, or just learn from the area’s best. During the late ’80s, Carrier said goodbye to the oil business to focus on his music career full time. He began making records in 1987. On May 4, 2010, Roy Carrier lost his battle with lung cancer. He was 63.