Tim Cadiere, originally from Homou, LA – but calls Lake Oconee, GA home – has been paying his dues in the music industry for over 20 years. Cadiere believes that things are really beginning to bloom and has many things to be grateful for in the crazy business of music.
“Tim’s soulful original songs are known for their Cajun-country overtones with a dash of Creole spunk,” according to Manager Andrea Cathey. “His set lists are often a combination of pop, country, rock and blues, which allow him and The Washboard Road Band, to bring an energy-filled, rocking’- good time to any stage or venue.”
Cadiere recollects playing music barefoot, from a young age, in the front yard of his Louisiana home, while his mother cooked shrimp and gumbo. He began playing the guitar, drums and piano at the age of eight and believes his musical family helped shape him to who he is today. “Being down in the bayou is not as much zydeco music as people assume, it’s a Cajun – country style, and that’s what I know!” said Cadiere.
Cathey met Cadiere while playing at the restaurant she worked at, The Silver Moon, in Eatonton, Ga, almost five years ago. “I fell in love with his natural, raw talent and the way he made people smile,” said Cathey. She has recently made the decision to only work in artist management and has helped Cadiere with overall management of his career. “Things are really starting to roll and Andrea has helped us get in front of the right people at the right time,” said Cadiere.
Cadiere will begin a radio tour in September with GrassRoots Promotions, one of Nashville’s first promotion companies that focus exclusively on secondary (small to intermediate) country radio markets, according to their website. “A radio tour grows our fan base and connects us personally with new people,” said Cadiere. “It also allows us to book shows and get our songs charting in new towns.”
Juggling his music, a construction company and his family is one of the biggest obstacles that he encounters. Cadiere speaks of his five children and wife of 13 years, as the most important things to him. “They all give me 100% of their support, and that means so much to me,” he said. “From having a family, I know how to sync with my fans and I have figured out what’s important- plus my Cajun dialect helps,” he jokes.
Being in the industry for as long as he has, Cadiere believes that if he’d known the business aspect of things a long time ago, things would have been different for him. “It’s just as much as entertainment as it is a business- if you don’t get the business part- you’ll never understand the long journey,” he said. “From maturing and growing up, I think I have figured out what really works- just be myself.”
Cadiere works with many charities and loves to be apart of their events. According to Cathey, “Tim and The Washboard Road Band play at numerous charity events on the national and local level. Last year, they played at a concert supporting The American Red Cross where they performed with American IDOL winner, Scotty McCreery. Other organizations who have worked with Tim are Habitat for Humanity, Humane Society, Putnam County Elementary Garden Club, Second Harvest Food Bank and many more.”
One of Cadier’s favorite events is the Camp for Extra Special People (Camp ESP). The camp takes kids that are physically and/or mentally challenged for a week and helps them develop social confidence and other skills they might need. “Even kids that are hooked to IV’s are taken to this camp,” said Cadiere. “We hold a Summer- Bayou Fest yearly and all the proceeds go toward Camp ESP.”
The God fearing man has shared the stage with many major artist to include Eric Church, Easton Corbin, Jake Owen, Randy Houser, Colt Ford, David Allen Coe and Montgomery Gentry. According to Cathey, “He is the recipients of the 2012/ 2013 People’s Choice Best of Lake Oconee Award , hosted by Lake Oconee Living Magazine and is currently a finalist in the 2014 Georgia Battle of the Bands in Macon, Georgia.”
Cadiere played 263 dates last year and released his CD project, “Proud.”
“Proud”, his most recent CD release is a reflection of the kind of pride that comes from a rural town like Lake Oconee, Georgia and its surrounding areas. It’s a patriotic ballad dedicated to Army Spc. Erica Alecksen of Eatonton, GA who gave her life for our country,” stated Cathey. “Proud” and many of the other songs from the album are currently being played on Internet radio stations across the world as well as on radio stations in France, Belgium, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska, Queensland, and Australia.”
Cadiere is currently looking for industry professionals to help in expanding his career such as major booking agents and publishing companies. He loves playing in Nashville and wants Music Row to accept his Cajun-country style. He is currently working with his manager, The Beauty of Music, Sherri Justice, NMG, and GrassRoot Promotions to help in this process.
Cadiere’s success has been maintained by his honesty and simple mission in knowing that if his career stopped advancing at this very moment- he’d be happy with the success and opportunities he has achieved. He advises all upcoming artists to be true to yourself, be happy in what you are doing and to push yourself harder than anyone else asks of you. For booking information Tim Cadiere and The Washboard Road Band can be contacted @ 706 -816-1690 or @ http://timcadiere.com. Donations are accepted for Camp ESP @ www.extraspecialpeople.com.
Story Written By: Amanda Goodman-Pruitt