Meet Fiddlin’ Doc Chaney, The King of the Bar Room Fiddlers:
I was born and raised in Baton Rouge, and experienced from an early age the gumbo of music which makes up South Louisiana. Though I make Louisiana my home, I have travelled quite a bit, and lived for a period of time in Switzerland, where I studied watchmaking and clockmaking.
As the son of a professional musician turned lawyer, I had access to, and tried my hand at several musical instruments. Somehow, the fiddle grabbed my interest. It seemed that this instrument leant itself to the wide variety of musical genres to which I had become accustomed. The fiddle, along with the tenor saxophone (which I played with both John Fred and the Playboys and Tabby Thomas’s House Band), has taken me into all sorts of musical adventures, including my time in Switzerland, where I toured with a Swiss band, playing American country music. I have also played in France, Germany, Belgium, and Mexico, and ten of our fifty states. My musical tastes cover the whole spectrum, but I am drawn to Swing music, and in particular, Western Swing.
In 2001, an informal jam session led to the alliance which became The Fugitive Poets. The “Five Amigos” have developed over the years, morphing into the “Five Amigos and Two Amigas”, writing and playing our own mixture of Original Americana along the Gulf Coast. I am most honored to play with this group of fine musicians and songwriters, who have become my big, dysfunctional but loyal family.