My name is Randall Jackson, I am 23 years old, and I am a Zydeco musician. I was born and raised in Deep East Texas in a heavily rural community. I grew up fishing, hunting, riding horses, and playing music, so I had a pretty exciting childhood. I am of Cherokee and Creole descent which I am very proud of and cherish. Growing up in my part of Texas, I was exposed to Gospel, soul, blues, and Zydeco.
My Uncle and Grandfather had a traveling quartet gospel group that traveled often. When I got good enough on keyboard, (my first instrument) they let me come along. Soon after, I started playing bass and then on down the line I became interested in playing the accordion. I heard Zydeco on the radios, at trailrides, and at parties but didn’t see my first Zydeco band until I was about a young teenager.
Keith Frank was the best band I had ever seen. Man, it was exciting! I had always been in love with Zydeco even though I grew up in Texas. Then came the accordion. And it went on from there! Competed in the Texas Big Squeeze Accordion for Zydeco, and won. Because of God, and the competition, I have been in magazines (Texas Highway, Texas Music), TV (Good Morning Texas), and have gained a lot of fans all over the world!