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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 […]

Ann Savoy “Ann Savoy Plays the Music of Cleoma Falcon” (Independent)

Throughout her career, Cajun renaissance woman Ann Savoy has championed Cleoma Breaux Falcon, who recorded the genre’s first song, “Allons à Lafayette,” with husband Joe Falcon in 1928. As time […]

Smithfield Fair, “Evermore” (Stevenson Productions)

Groups enduring 40 years and 31 albums together aren’t supposed to sound this invigorated. But as evidenced here, Baton Rouge’s Smithfield Fair does so by pushing its craft forward and […]

Various Artists, “Swampland Jewels” (Yep Roc Records)

Originally released on LP by Lake Charles’ Goldband Records in 1979 and reissued on CD in ’91, the third incarnation of Swampland Jewels, now on Yep Roc, is a significant […]

Sweet Cecilia, “Sing Me a Story” (Independent)

Sophomore slump? Not hardly with Sweet Cecilia. Sisters Laura Huval and Maegan Berard and first cousin Callie Guidry went gangbusters here, enlisting six-time Grammy award-winning producer Tony Daigle and recording […]

Blackpot Festival: Building Community

One of South Louisiana’s most distinct festivals, Blackpot Festival & Cookoff returns to Lafayette’s Historic Vermillion Village this month. Besides the music, featuring Barbara Lynn, the Pine Leaf Boys, the […]

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 […]

Big Easy Playboys, “Preview” (Independent)

You can’t be something you’re not, which is certainly the credo of New Orleans’ Big Easy Playboys (BEP). BEP isn’t from the epicenter of zydeco, St. Landry Parish, nor does […]

The Huval-Fuselier Cajun Trio, Self-Titled (Independent)

The Huval-Fuselier Cajun Trio formed when the distance between Lafayette-based teenagers Zach Fuselier and Huval brothers Phillip and Luke became too impractical to gig regularly with New Orleans accordionist Cameron […]

D.L. Menard, 1932-2017

Cajun music lost its most beloved and colorful character, Doris Leon “D.L.” Menard, on Thursday, July 27, 2017, after he succumbed to multiple ailments. The legend was 85. At his […]