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Horace Trahan, Until the End (Independent)

Until the End marks the final chapter of Horace Trahan’s conceptual trilogy that began with 2010’s Keep Walking and continued with 2012’s All the Way. The title track cleverly concatenates […]

Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band, Return of the King (Soulwood Records)

After two consecutive live albums, Keith Frank delivers his first studio release in six years, a dense 20-track, 76-minute affair that’s his most provocative yet. While there are the familiar […]

Fest Focus: Kyle Huval

FRIDAY, APRIL 27—FAIS DO-DO STAGE, 11:15 A.M.   The future of Cajun music always looks bright, with the scads of young musicians constantly entering its ranks, but 27-year-old Kyle Huval […]

A Cajun icon: Walter Mouton returns to Jazz Fest

The 2016 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles (FAeC) proved fruitful for Walter Mouton. Festival organizers released his first ever full-length album, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys: Live at Festivals Acadiens […]

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 […]

Ghalia & Mama’s Boys, “Let the Demons Out” (Ruf Records)

Like so many aspiring European roots musicians, Ghalia Vauthier got hooked on American blues and rock ’n’ roll as a teenager, in her native Belgium. Since many a song referenced […]

Balfa Week: A guaranteed cultural immersion

Hey, you aspiring Cajun fiddlers and budding zydeco accordionists, don’t count on this year’s Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week mirroring what it looked like last year. Under the […]

Creole United, “Tu Kekchause A’ Korrek: Volume II” (Zydekool Music)

As Sean Ardoin will proudly attest, Creole United is not a band but a movement to unite Creole artists, create new material merging the old and new and incorporate the […]

The Malvinas, “God Bless the Grass” (Soona Songs)

It’s not easy being a folk trio when your furthest members, Breaux Bridge resident Gina Forsyth and Canadian Beth Cahill, live 1,650 miles apart (in between is Texas refugee Lisa […]

Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, “Rise Up” (Louisiana Soul Records)

If some of these tunes sound vaguely familiar, there’s good reason. Only five tracks on Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble’s fifth CD are new; the rest (“Country Boy,” “Zydeco Cutie,” […]