Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin are partners in life and music. Their group Ball and Chain has been making music since 1994 and they have numerous recordings under their belts. Focusing mainly on Old Time Country to begin with, they have expanded their musical stylings to include Cajun and Zydeco, (The Vanier Playboys). Michael and Jody have been making regular trips to South West Louisiana for almost 30 years to bask in the rich Cajun/Zydeco culture there. The music, the dancing, the food and the joi de vivre are all big attractions for them. Michael plays fiddle and mandolin and sings while Jody plays acoustic guitar and triangle or rubboard and sings.