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RIVET: One of the official cajun names listed by the Cajun foundation
in St Martinville - Louisiana. Part of this family moved from France in
the 17th century to Acadia (Canada) (Nova Scotia these days) then was
deported by the british to south & west Louisiana at the end of the 18th
century. Families bearing this name still live in Lafayette/Breaux
Bridge/St Martinville/Scott/Opelousas & Lake Charles.
He started his first band in 1962 playing their music. The British blues boom’s expansion convinced him he was in the right direction finding similar approach in the works of Long John Baldry, the PRETTY THINGS, the YARDBIRDS, the ANIMALS, THEM & the ROLLING STONES.
In 1966 he started what was the first rhythm’n’blues & soul
integrated band in the country on the footsteps of
Bobby Blue BLAND,
Solomon BURKE, Jimmy HUGHES & James
CARR. The band played France extensively and also Belgium, Switzerland
and Italy where they stayed 8 months in 67/68 like Rocky ROBERTS & the
Airedales, Wes JOHNSON, the Alan PRICE Set & the Alan JACK Blues
In 1978 he starts with now famous french blues colleague Patrick VERBEKE (who later collaborated with Luther ALLISON) a band called ROCKIN’CHAIR, blending blues / country / rock & soul. They record 2 albums for the european department of the US label OVATION records, first one including the hit “Soyez nature”.
1986 sees the release of an adventurous solo album blending blues &
funky music with drum machines and synthesizers! This risky artistic
approach leads to complete misunderstanding by both medias and public.
RIVET then launches DIXIEFROG records with fellow Philippe Langlois and
starts a booking company dedicated to blues oriented music. He tours and
often shares the stage with artists such as
Junior WELLS, Johnny COPELAND,
Wilson PICKETT, Johnny ADAMS,
Bobby Blue BLAND,
Homesick JAMES, HOT TUNA, Amos
GARRETT, Joanna CONNOR,
Debbie DAVIES, Jimmy THACKERY,
Roy ROGERS, Tom PRINCIPATO and many
2003: Video recording of his show at the PARIS New Morning club for TV channel MEZZO.
2008: concerts in France / Belgium / Germany / Italy / Luxemburg. Recording of the DRINKHOUSE PREACHERS album.