Annie started Tee Fee Swamp Boogie with bassist Linda Schmidt and Ledra Guillory (Queen Ida's daughter) on rubboard in fall of 1992. Inspired by the work of Ledra’s mom Queen Ida Guillory and Annie’s teacher, fiddler Dewey Balfa, they formed the band and called it Tee Fee Swamp Boogie using the phonetic spelling of the Clifton Chenier song “Hey Tite Fille”. As the band developed they added Leonard Gill on electric guitar (BB King, Otis Clay, Otis Rush, Allen Fontenot, Al Rapone); and Kelvin Dixon on drums (John Lee Hooker, Charles Brown, Otis Rush, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, Irma Thomas, Otis Rush, Lady Bianca, and Joe Louis Walker) After Ledra retired, Maureen Coyle joined up on rub board and vocals (the Bunyups, Willy and Mo). and upon the untimely illness and death of their guitarist of 12 years, they were joined by the talented Kevin Suto on guitar in 2005 (Rancid, Reggie Red Rock Skeeter, The Von Traps, The Bell Brothers). When Linda retired in 2009, Tee Fee added the versatile bassist Diane Dutra (Marty Balin, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Red Archibald, Raymond Victor). Since Dutra plays both upright and electric bass, Tee Fee now can offer an acoustic version of the band which is well suited to smaller intimate venues. Dutra has given the band a new drive and energy and they are looking forward to another decade of infectious dance music! Tee Fee has recorded 5 CDs 2 of which are available at CDBaby.com, on itunes and from the buy a CD page on this website :)

QUOTES:

When Annie Marie stands up, so does everyone else… Gene Silverman, Vallejo Times-Herald

 

We count ourselves very fortunate to have the privilege of bringing artists of your outstanding caliber to our students and the college community..... Theo Carlie, Director, Women’s Studies Program, St. Mary’s College of California

 

The quintet works familiar territory (of Cajun Zydeco) with a difference. … Three women instrumentalists who also sing are unique because you don’t find female harmony singing in this style  Larry Kelp, East Bay Express

 

Kicking, Tee Fee stomped its way through the two twelve song sets with an exhilarating feast of rhythms spearheaded by reeling fiddle flights and lilting piano accordion fills...Annie Marie sang with bluesy gusto and the guitar stung with scorching guitar runs...As the bass worked a sexy tango bass riff, the tune transformed the dance floor into an undulating sea of line dancers.....exquisite country vocal harmonies.....Dan Oulette, Express.

 

Women in Louisiana zydeco music are a rarity but to have three leading one band is pretty spectacular.  In this case the group plays dance music with the best of them....@ East Bay Express.


Available as a quartet or quintet, Tee Fee brings the boogie out of the bayou and into your living room!

Bringing the bayou to You!