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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,” […]

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 […]

J.J. Caillier, “Bad as I Wanna Be” (Caillier Records)

Ever since Boozoo Chavis and Beau Jocque staged their faux zydeco battle in 1994, over-the-top self-promotion hype has become the norm, which adds to the spirit of zydeco. J.J. Caillier’s […]