Mark Duthu's connections with LeRoux go back to the earliest roots of the group The Levee Band in the early '70s. Keyboardist Rod Roddy and Mark go back both musically and as close friends to their high school days in Houma, LA.
Rod Roddy was born in Houma, Louisiana. Rod, a renowned pianist, was a huge inspiration on the music of LeRoux. His funky rhythm and incredible improvisation skills were a key ingredient in the musical textures that gave LeRoux its unique sound.
Nelson Blanchard was born on January 13, 1953. At the tender age of 10, he was already a performer in clubs with The Richard Brothers, a popular local group from the Pierre Part, LA area (Nelson's birthplace).