Band Bios

                       

Shane Bellard - Accordion, Vocals

Shane grew up in the heart of the Cajun Prairieland, Church Point LA. There he learned to speak fluent Cajun French from the days he spent with his grandparents as a youngster. He wanted to play the accordion and his family purchased one that he could try out. He learned on his own and listened to many hours of 45 records showcasing some of the best Cajun Musicians to ever play the music. He is proud of his heritage and is dedicated to preserving the music, culture, and sharing it for all to appreciate.

Shane is a frequent player at local jam sessions where he met and played with some veteran Cajun Musicians. There he honed his skills enough to become a great accordion player in his own right. A notable Cajun musician, Sheryl Cormier "Queen of Cajun Music", says he is talented and she often lets Shane sit in on some of her gigs for a song or two. He is able to play along-side his father LJ Bellard, the guitar player for La Recolte. He has always dreamed of being part of a Cajun Band and Shane is proud to have co-created the band La Recolte.

Chris Lafleur - Drums and Percussion

 

Chris acquired an affinity for Cajun Music, as a young child, during the summer visits with his grandfather in St. Charles Parish. They would take drives to nowhere along the bayou country while listening to local radio stations that played Cajun Music on a regular basis. He is pleased to be able to express his joy of drumming while playing music from his Cajun Heritage.

Chris became a drummer late in his life. At the ripe young age of 33 years old! He always wanted to play, but never had the chance in school or after. He claims that he was always the world's greatest "air drummer" while growing up! Self-taught, he was able to learn some skills and landed a spot with a local band, The Louisiana Rhythm Katz. After 5 years, he took a break from playing with the Katz. After finding out that they (Shane and Chris) played Cajun music, a journey began to develop  a band that would pay tribute to Cajun Musicians from the past while paving way for younger musicians to carry on. He is excited about what the future will bring. He thanks his Wife Laurie for allowing him the time to pursue what he is passionate about.

 

Joel Breaux - Fiddle, Vocals

Joel Breaux, a native of Loreauville, LA, is no stranger to the music scene. In the days when string bands were popular, Joel's grandfather would often be found listening to his uncle playing in venues around the area. Subsequently, Joel's grandfather bombarded him with a plethora of musical instruments and he developed a love for music. In the early 1990's, Joel left Louisiana and moved to California. It did not take long for him to become homesick for his Cajun roots. In combating this, Joel taught himself how to play the accordion and fiddle, which eventually resulted in him playing in various Cajun bands in California. In the early 2000's, Joel moved back to Louisiana, this time as an accomplished Cajun Musician. He became a regular at local jam sessions where he was afforded the opportunity to hone his skills by playing with local music legends. Joel's mesmerizing vocals bring old time Cajun Music to a whole new level. 

Learlin "LJ" Bellard - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

LJ has had a long term experience with Cajun Music. Growing up in Cajun Country during a time when French was the primary language and speaking it was frowned upon in school, he listened to the radio and records showcasing some of the greatest Cajun music to ever play the airwaves. He was privileged to have been able to see some of the Legendary Cajun musicians in person at the popular Cajun Dance Halls of the region, most of which are not in existence any longer.

He has had experience with the drums, guitar, and lap steel guitar. His multiple instrument knowledge in regards to Cajun Music lends a hand with his ability to mentor the younger members of the band. LJ is most proud of his son Shane Bellard, La Recolte front man on Accordion. You can see the pride on his face when Shane is pumping out some Cajun riffs on the squeeze box!

Paul "Polo" Borel - Bass Guitar, Vocals

Polo Borel, a native of St. Martin Parish and a resident of Cypress Island, comes into the band with a long history of Bass Guitar playing. He has played many genres of music including Rock, Blues, R&B, and Country. Cajun Music was not a frequent genre for Polo. In fact, La Recolte is the first Cajun Band that he has played with full time.

He is proud to be a part of La Recolte, showcasing his talent on the Bass and his roots in Cajun Culture. He also puts on a great show, moving around the stage as he thumps the strings. He drives the beat in harmony with the drums, creating an environment for some of the best Cajun Music for all to hear and dance to.