Barry Ancelet

Louisiana Strong

A message from Valcour Co-founder Joel Savoy:

Well school’s back in session and the long hot Louisiana summer is drawing to an end. With all the rain we’ve been getting and the devastating floods, I think everyone is anticipating more than usual that first fall breeze that tells us that another season of festivals is upon us and the leaves will soon be crunching under our feet. We are doing our best in Louisiana to move on to the next phase, and we are lucky we have a lot to look forward to. Here in Eunice, Valcour Records headquarters is bustling with lots of new projects. Our studios have been busy with some of the finest musicians in the area all year long and it’s nearly time to share some of their work with y’all, including Courtney Granger’s highly-anticipated debut Country album (recorded and produced by Dirk Powell, also available in vinyl), an epic new record from the ever-creative Bonsoir, Catin, and a special Christmas surprise. We’ve also got some projects just getting started with some new faces on the scene in Acadiana and a tribute to one of our local heroes we lost last year, so be sure to sign up for the mailing list so you can be the first to hear all this stuff!

Here at Valcour, our mission is to share the music we love from Acadiana with the rest of the world. As musicians ourselves we’ve worked hard over these last 11 years to develop and refine a release model that is artist-centric and we’re doing our best to benefit our local artists on an international level because we believe that what we have down here could do the world some good. Am I right?!

However, we are a small company and we can only devote so much of our time to our passion of music. I wish it were possible for us to release all of the great albums that come out of this area – maybe one day we will be able to do that – but for now we can only handle a few releases a year at best. This season our babies were I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country – our four-disc boxed set featuring 24 new versions of songs recorded in South Louisiana in 1934 by Alan Lomax – and T’Monde’s Yesterday’s Gone, Drew, Kelli and Megan’s second album together leaving nothing to be desired from this powerful Cajun trio.

But there were a lot of other great releases this year- it’s hard to even remember them all! Let’s see, Wayne Toups put out a fantastic new album this year featuring his hit single A Good One. Roddie Romero and the Hub City Allstars killed it with their huge-sounding Gulf Stream. The Viatones reminded us o f what Rock’n’Roll is supposed to sound like with their eponymous debut release. And Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet and the inimitable Sam Broussard collaborated with poetry and music on their Broken Promised Land, which I have been eagerly awaiting since I first heard the demos several years ago! Also, young Forest Huval debuted  with another eponymous album featuring Kyle Hebert on fiddle which has some really great tunes that the late Al Berard loved to play.

That's just the tip of the iceberg- I’m sure there are another half-dozen releases from Acadiana I have been listening to that I just can’t think of right now. All this wonderful music keeping us going in good times and bad. That’s why we do it, because it brings us together, and together we will remain Louisiana Strong.