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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 […]

Tabby Thomas Meets Lonesome Sundown, “Down in Louisiana” (Jasmine Records)

South Louisiana blues legends Tabby Thomas and Lonesome Sundown only share a co-billing on these vintage JD Miller sessions. Each is showcased separately with Baton Rouge’s Thomas having 18 tracks […]

High Performance, “Cajun Cool” (Swallow Records)

There’s nothing more fun than sifting through someone else’s record collection, especially when there are forgotten gems, diamonds in the rough and totally new and unexpected discoveries. That’s the atmosphere […]

Joe Hall and Friends, “Massé Family Two Step” (Fruge Records)

What Joe Hall is the most proud of on his first CD since 2011 are not his own performances per se but his grandfather Clement “King” Ned’s solo rendering of […]

Canebreakers, “Still Lives” (Independent)

With its members now spread across the Pelican State, the Lake Charles–rooted Canebreakers didn’t have months to record a new album like it did for its auspicious debut Frame and […]