Dwayne Verheyden

Biography

Dwayne Verheyden was born September 4, 1991 in Montfort, a small village in the south of The Netherlands. Due to his father listening to Tex-Mex music, Dwayne took a fancy to this genre and its accordion sound and developped his passion for music and accordion at a very early age.

At the age of seven his parents enabled Dwayne to take piano accordion lessons and five months later he was able to perform publicly at the local church. Thereafter he was requested to regularly perform at markets, for the elderly and other local venues. At the age of eight Dwayne was invited to play for the local TV station.

Since that time Dwayne has been accompanying his father to Flaco Jimenez’s concerts. Being a huge fan of him he switched over to the chromatic button accordion in 2003 since it was more similar to Flaco’s musical instrument.

Dwaynes participation in the opening performance of The Tent of Emil, a quest for talented youngsters, in 2006 was broadcasted on TV by L1 and released on DVD.

After being a long time true fan of both Flaco and Santiago Jimenez his father purchased a Hohner squeeze box which Dwayne began to play in July 2007.

On November 11, 2007, he won The Sjeng Award, a prize that is awarded to prospective/talented accordion players in the province of Limburg, The Netherlands.

In 2010 and 2011 Dwayne and the TexMeXplosion performed in Sweden, Germany and Switzerland, including the 2011 International Country Festival in Zürich, where they opened for the Bellamy Brothers from the USA.