Lomax Box Set Now Complete
Well, the day has finally come: all four CDs in our ten-year anniversary box set, I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country have arrived! Please do yourself a favor and listen to some tracks. This project, produced by Joel Savoy and Joshua Caffery and featuring so many of Louisiana's most talented musicians, is our largest musical undertaking to date. We just can't say enough about how cool it turned out - the way these artists have taken these old recordings and given them new life. We couldn't have picked a better collection to mark our first decade of producing and promoting Louisiana music.
The full collection features 24 tracks (and maybe an extra hidden surprise) by an incredible group of musicians, including Michael Doucet, Marc Broussard, Wayne Toups, Zachary Richard, Tiffany Lamson, Steve Riley, Ann Savoy, Dirk Powell, Roddie Romero, Cedric Watson, David Greely, Joel Savoy, Kelli Jones-Savoy, Wilson Savoy, Anna Laura Edmiston, Kristi Guillory, Joshua Caffery, Claire Caffery, Barry Ancelet, Carl Brazell, Megan Brown and Aurora Nealand.
If you want to see some of this music performed live by many of the artists featured in the box set, join us at the Acadiana Center for the Arts on January 14 or 15 for a special kind of showcase. Narrated by Dr. Barry Ancelet and presented in music, story and visuals, this show will take you on a musical journey across South Louisiana as documented by Lomax in 1934.
We also got to work with some talented visual artists in putting the packaging together for the box set, including Rachel Meirs (Part One), Frederick Stivers (Part Two), Gabrielle Savoy (Part Three), and Cayla Mattea Zeek (Part Four).
Learn more about the book that inspired this project, Joshua Caffery's Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings, here.
Oh, What a Silent Night
Yvette Landry is one of our favorite Acadiana musicians - she has appeared on some of our releases in the past, but you may or may not have had a chance to hear her solo work. Yvette plays soulful country music the way it is supposed to be played, and we thought her sound would lend itself greatly to a Christmas release. And with Oh, What a Silent Night, we found out we were right!
This small collection of country-style Christmas carols is available through our website only as a download. The Breaux Bridge songstress is accompanied by Richard Comeaux on the pedal steel guitar, Beau Thomas on fiddle, and Trevor Landry on drums. We hope it helps bring some beauty, soul, and even a little country blues to your holiday sound track!
But wait - there's even more music! Last month, just in time for Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, we released a great folky Cajun recording with a great young Acadiana band called T'Monde, featuring Megan Brown, Kelli Jones, and Drew Simon. Bringing together influences ranging from early Country music to ancient French and Creole ballads to present day Cajun music, T’Monde plays music that is made for the ears as well as the feet. No where is this description truer than on Yesterday's Gone.
Valcour wishes you a safe and happy holiday season - and thanks for supporting us for ten years!