Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, 30 Years Live! (Valcour Records)

The Rolling Stones band is famous for its freakish longevity, but groups like Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys playing an indigenous, cultural music (read: Cajun) for half that time […]

Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs, “Boue, Boucane, et Bouteilles” (Valcour Records)

To put it bluntly, Jourdan Thibodeaux is a bit of an anomaly. He’d rather tell you about how he’s not a numbers type of musician than glorify his abilities. Yet […]

Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, “Farewell, Alligator Man” (Valcour Records)

Grand Ole Opry star and Mamou native Jimmy C. Newman (1927–2014) enjoyed a fruitful, eight-decade country music career that incorporated his Cajun identity into his music. This heartfelt tribute is […]

Cat Head Biscuit Boys, “Cat Head Biscuit Boys” (Valcour Records)

Though the Cat Head Biscuit Boys’ eponymously titled debut is a mere four-song EP, it’s nonetheless an intriguing cross-section of the band’s eclecticism and versatility. As evidenced by “Diamond Joe,” […]

Feufollet, “Baby’s on Fire” (Valcour Records)

Ah, vinyl—it once followed the footpath of dinosaurs, at least until club DJs spun it into hipster status and resurrected it from near extinction. Hence, the inspiration for Feufollet and […]

Kyle Huval and the Dixie Club Ramblers, “Straight Allons” (Valcour Records)

Kyle Huval contends that if you add a few scratches to his new disc, you get an old Cajun record that’s a few generations removed. Other than today’s studio technology […]

Sabra & the Get Rights, “Sabra & the Get Rights” (Valcour Records)

Lafayette’s Sabra & the Get Rights never intended to be a band, but after having such a blast at a one-off gig, sojourning on seemed like the get right thing […]

Bonsoir, Catin “L’Aurore” (Valcour Records)

The question of what does it mean to be a modern Cajun band is answered on Bonsoir, Catin’s L’Aurore. Without daring to confine themselves, the band members Christine Balfa, Anya […]

Various Artists, “Cajun Accordion Kings” (and the Queen) (Valcour Records)

On Cajun Accordion Kings (and the Queen), producers Joel Savoy and Steve Riley turn back the clock and give the accordion—and the accordion alone—a gracious spotlight. It is the antithesis […]

Courtney Granger, Beneath Still Waters (Valcour Records)

Courtney Granger has always had one of the purest voices in Cajun music, making him a sought out vocalist and fiddler known for his role with Balfa Toujours, the Pine […]