Horace Trahan & the Ossun Express
Cajun and Zydeco Band
Horace Trahan, the maker of the hit single, “That Butt Thing,” in 1999, is a world renowned Cajun and Zydeco artist, respected for his ability to pull the hell out of an accordion and belt out vocals that will give you chills. Having over-stepped boundaries and bypassed the stereotypes of naysayers, this native of Ossun, Louisiana, has made a huge and highly anticipated comeback on the music scene!
At the age of fifteen, Horace wanted to learn to play the accordion. His father brought him to Felix Richard, a strong accordionist and first cousin who lived in Cankton, LA. Horace was a natural and booked his first gig within six months of learning to play.
Horace was very comfortable in a musical setting, as he had purchased his first guitar at the age of twelve and had also begun playing the saxophone in the fifth grade. It was when he combined his angelic-pitched voice with the skills he honed on a Crown single row accordion, which the musical magic began. Horace was sixteen years old when he began singing Cajun music in French and in English. Not long after making his mark on bass drum in the marching band at Carencro High School and graduating, Horace hit the road and began touring with D.L. Menard. The road schedules would take the talented eighteen year-old musician to New York, Boston, Chicago, Canada, France, California, and the summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Two years later, in 1996, Horace and D.L. Menard recorded a CD on Swallow Records. During this time, at the age of twenty, Horace also released his first CD entitled, Ossun Blues, for the same label.
Horace’s music took root quickly, and he formed a band called, “The Ossun Express.” The band consisted of an accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums, and sometimes a triangle. This version of “The Ossun Express” never recorded, but played many local venues and festivals, making a name for the group. In the year 2000, Horace revamped his band with all new members, and they were called, “The New Ossun Express.” It was at this time that Horace recorded his second album entitled, Get On Board, on the Zydeco Hound label. In 2001 they followed up with his third and final album on the same label, entitled, Reach Out and Touch a Hand, which was later renamed by its new owner, Fred Charlie, as That Butt Thing, for the title track of the same name. These golden, classic recordings are currently a part of ‘la crème de la crème,’ under the ownership of Floyd Soileu’s Flat Town Music Company.
Having thoroughly learned the business of owning the music you write and create, Horace’s self-released albums, Keep Walking, (August 2010); his Christmas In Every WayEP, (December 2011); All The Way, (August 2012), and most recently, Until The End (December 2017), are extremely successful records registered under his own record label and publishing company, The Redemptive Process. Horace also recorded By Special Request, a grand slam of a cover album, released on Maison de Soul Records in November of 2013.
In April of 2012, Horace Trahan was called to collaborate with the Canadian, electro hip-hop band, Radio Radio, on two tracks for their third album entitled, Havre de Grace. The first song, “Y’en a qui connais,” appears as track number four (4) on the CD, and features Horace Trahan as the creator of the track’s title and the chorus, as well as performing accordion and vocals. The second song, “One Day/ Liberez-moi,” features Horace, as the writer and singer of the chorus. “One Day/ Liberez-moi,” was released as a download bonus on their label, Bonsound, later that year. Havre de Grace won ‘best hip-hop album’ at the ADISQ 2012 Awards and the East-Coast Music Awards 2012.
Horace’s most recent project is the completion of a documentary entitled, Cajun and Creole: Black and White, produced by his wife, Chantelle Trahan, in 2013. The film features Horace, a Louisiana Cajun, and his father-in-law, Rodney Bernard, a Louisiana Creole, and the ties that bind them musically, geographically, culturally, spritually, and universally. These musical and pictorial blueprints are just a tip of the model plans for Horace Trahan and his limitless talent as an accordionist, vocalist, writer, and producer.
Since the age of three, Horace’s genuine appreciation for music, is still his source of unwavering creativity, today. With influences ranging from Iry LeJeune, Aldus Roger, Lawrence Walker, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., George Jones, to Wayne Toups, John Delafose, Boozoo Chavis, Beau Jocque, Clifton Chenier, Bob Marley, and Bob Dylan, there is no stopping Horace Trahan from expressing himself in any facet of music!