The TooLoose Cajun/Zydeco Band

Peter Dammann

Peter Dammann


Chicago-born Peter Dammann is probably the world's most seriously under-rated blues guitarist. He backed Paul deLay for nearly 20 years, recording several chart-topping CDs with the northwest harmonica legend. Although the blues is his first love, Pete is an all-around musician, and he can be found playing Brazilian music as well as classical guitar, from time to time. Peter also serves as talent coordinator for the Waterfront Blues Festival on behalf of the Oregon Food Bank.

Steve Kerin

Steve Kerin


Born and raised in the Heart of Cajun Country, Steve discovered piano at the age of four, and studied classical music in college. But he soon found himself playing a different kind of music regularly with such Louisiana greats as "Big Daddy" Harry Hypolite, former guitarist for Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, as well as Grammy nominated songwriter David Egan. In 2005 Steve played at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival alongside such artists as Randy Newman and The Black Crowes. A true student of the New Orleans style, Steve's playing is complex and dense, and his voice has the gruff New Orleans sound. From Jazz to Rock to Blues to Classical, he goes wherever his talent and soul take him.

Tim Shaughnessy

Tim Shaughnessy


Tim was raised by orcas in Puget Sound, and discovered there by fur traders in 1873. The preserving effects of fine whiskey have kept him young all this time. Needless to say, after 125 years at it he's a darn good bass player..

Lefty Head

Lefty Head


Lefty, a native of Portland, started playing old time American music on the mandolin in the year 1977. He went on to find traditional French and Cape Breton music with the band Cour des Miracles. He later plied his carpenter skills on the fiddle with the legendary Willamette Valley band Blackfish. He now works his downtuned fiddle and the frattoir with TooLoose.

Rick Obbink

Rick Obbink


Influenced early on by his accordion playing German grandmother, Rick played the piano accordion at the family house parties. Adept at boogie-woogie piano and the guitar, he has worked the single row Cajun accordion for several years.  He has been known to get delusional when singing and playing the tunes of Lefty Frizell, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard and others.  

Robert Lee


Robert Lee's soulful singing and true grit fiddle playing combine the subtlety of a seasoned performer with the polish and irreverence of a big city kid. He grew up listening to Louisiana-inspired rock'n'roll in New York City in the 50's and 60's. Leaving the east coast for San Francisco in his twenties, he worked his way into the music business first through folk guitar and then bluegrass banjo. At the ripe age of 37, he found the fiddle and "that was all she wrote". Robert's style and repertoire are strongly influenced by the rhythm and melody greats of the Mississippi Delta and French Louisiana – the pianists, fiddlers, drummers, and songwriters who give the music its unique sound. Visit Robert's web page.

Tom Goicoechea

Tom Goicoechea


Tom is a helluva drummer with a great feel for Louisiana dance music. He has supported such artists as Aaron Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Brian Seeger, and Papa Mali, and has played in many great venues including the House of Blues New Orleans, Tipitinas, Snug Harbor, and Jimmy Mak's in Portland. In December of 2010, Tom completed a Master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of New Orleans, where he learned from drum greats Troy Davis and Jason Marsalis.

Jennifer Smieja

Jennifer Smieja


What little is known about the latest member of Too Loose comes mostly by way of rumor and innuendo. Some suggest she's the direct result of an unholy union between a Polish debutante and an enterprising blacksmith – while others claim she is just a sweet girl from Madison, Wisconsin.  Whatever you choose to believe, she certainly brings a welcome dose of femininity to this otherwise manly band. Visit Jennifer's webpage.