Tillis Verdin

Dalila Seruntine
Nick Taravella
Pat Casey

Groovy 7 Keyboardist Tillis Verdin’s Musical journey started at a young age ‘Down the Bayou’ in Dulac, LA. His dad and brother were both musically inclined and they got him involved in the impromptu jam sessions as soon as he could hold an instrument. His first love was the drums, and that stayed with him through high school and college where he played snare in the marching band. But it was the keyboards, which his dad taught him to play, that seemed to be his calling. At age 15 he started playing in local bars and nightclubs; learning the ropes from seasoned musical veterans, and developing his own sound that incorporated his percussive tendencies into his playing. He worked with several bands in the Houma area, but it was singer/songwriter Joe Stark that gave him his first taste of ‘The Road’. They opened for such diverse acts as Asia, The Temptations, Survivor, Blue Oyster Cult, and Journey. In 2001, they did a 40-city summer tour with Styx, Bad Co., and Billy Squire. When the tour ended, Tillis made his way ‘Up the Bayou’ to The Big Easy. There, he made his mark on world famous Bourbon St.; Playing with some of the cities finest musicians. In 2005 Tillis began playing with Island recording artist Marc Broussard. His stint with Marc included shows with Bella Fleck, Los Lonely Boys, Sara Barellies, and The Dave Matthews Band. They also had T.V. appearances on CBS’s The Early Show, and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Show. More recently, He’s worked with The Sons of William, Jake Smith, and Zydecosis; in which he plays the accordion. He continues to offer his services to the rambunctious masses on Bourbon St., but it’s the joining of Groovy 7 that’s got him fired up these days.

Tony Seruntine
Tillis Verdin

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