Francie Meaux Jeaux

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Members of band – Francie Meaux Jeaux (Bass)
As one half of the “trippy-swingadelic 1930s rock” quartet Jitterbug Vipers, guitarist Slim Richey, 77, and bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, 63, have won multiple Austin Music Awards. But it’s their 26-year marriage that really rocks. Having celebrated with 16 weddings, they’ve lived through sickness and health, including Richey being hit by a car in 2012 and his current battle with lymphoma. Whether they’re hosting parties at their Driftwood home or playing every Friday night at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, this quirky duo is totally in tune with each other.The Jitterbug Vipers specialize in a beloved cult jazz offshoot called “viper jazz,” a screeching U-Turn back to the party where jazz music packed the dance floor and dazzled the audience with brilliant streams of improvisatory musicianship. This musical heritage pulls from the cherished musicality of Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and Slim Galliard.

Francie Meaux Jeaux, bassist for the Jitterbug Vipers, is a force to be reckoned with. A native of Louisiana, she brings the bayou to the band with her soulful playing and infectious energy.Jeaux is a true original, and her style of bass playing is as unique as her personality. She often incorporates Louisiana-style rhythms into her playing, giving the Vipers a distinctly southern flavor. But no matter what she’s playing, Jeaux always puts her own spin on it, making her one of the most innovative bassists around.
In addition to her musical talents, Jeaux is also a gifted visual artist. She often designs her own stage outfits and has even been known to paint her bass guitar. Her artistry extends to her bass playing, and she has a knack for creating catchy bass lines that stay with you long after the song is over.

Whether she’s playing the bass, painting a masterpiece, or just being her hilarious, larger-than-life self, Francie Meaux Jeaux is always making her mark.
The four piece’s distinct variety of this smoking intoxicant is known as “swingadelic” for its panoramic aesthetic sprawl. Fusing an authentic command of every era of American roots music with wry wordplay and freewheeling hippie ethos, the Jitterbug Vipers energize and vibrantly reimagine a movement in music long shackled in by nostalgia and overly reverent revivalism. In 3 years, the band has released two albums. On its first offering, the quartet swaggered through the classic viper songbook with speakeasy boisterousness. For its most recent release, Phoebe’s Dream, the Jitterbug Vipers baked some originals steeped in the ribald wit, quaint sophistication, and graceful virtuosity of those blissfully heavy-lidded 1930s and 1940s classics.

The band’s mix of chops and charms have garnered them a loyal live following and plum press. Downbeat enthuses: “No Musical act embodies the ‘Keep Austin Weird’ civic mantra with more style and class than the ‘swingadelic’ quartet Jitterbug Vipers. The band’s witty updating of classic 1930s reefer jive music, featuring septuagenarian guitar genius Slim Rich front and center, is sly, sophisticated and more than a little habit-forming.” The Austin Chronicle says: “The local quartet’s one of the funnest and best bands you can catch around Austin.” Eugene Weekly says: “When the group plays, somehow, somewhere, Jerry Garcia hands Count Basie a joint and says, ‘Now that’s what I’m talking about.’

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