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Dirty Linen Magazine August/September 2007 By Dan Willging
New York State’s Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers don’t dare to be different, they just are–and take pride in being so. As a kid, Greg Speck played a lot of his ethnic Slavic music on accordion. He was so good, in fact, that he and his brother, Bill, had a band in which they played Slavic weddings. By the age of 21, Speck was so burnt out with accordion that he put it down and focused on keyboards and jazz. Then one day Speck and his young sons had an epiphany–they saw C. J. Chenier perform. Greg returned to accordion, joined by Alek on drums and Nick on bass, and they kick-started a family band: Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers were born. Success came fast, and 11 years later, they can say they’ve opened for the best: Chenier, Steve Riley, Geno Delophose, Terrance Simien, and Chris Ardoin. For the band’s fourth album, Zydeco on the Radio, Speck now plays the diatonic (Cajun) variety accrdion in addition to his piano-row one. Lyrically, Speck doesn’t attempt to emulate Louisiana zydeco artists, but prefers to keep as much individualism in his songs as possible.