The Lost Bayou Ramblers Make Cajun Modern on "Kalenda"

[Updated] It’s easy to hear why Lost Bayou Ramblers’ Kalenda received a Grammy nomination for Best Regional Roots Music Album. The album shows clear Cajun roots, and the non-pop music voters in the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences value roots. At the same time, Kalenda sounds contemporary—something the Academy’s pop voters love and can understand.

Zachary Richard Rediscovers His Parents

Zachary Richard didn’t think it would work.

The Cajun musician and activist suffered a mild stroke in October 2010, and because of it he was paralyzed on his left side. A month before the stroke, he’d gone in for a physical and the doctor congratulated him on starting his 60s in such good shape, but it happened anyway. 

Jazz Fest: The Revelers Are Looking for a Hybrid

In Lafayette, the audience for a Cajun/zydeco dance is a social event, not a way to work off the stubborn final five pounds. Around the country, a subculture of zydecougars doing “zyderobics”—as The Revelers’ guitarist Chas Justus puts it—has developed that supports the band as well as many bands from southwest Louisiana, but they do so by turning dances into workouts. 

Feufollet Debuts "Two Universes" Saturday

[Updated] Last fall, I interviewed Feufollet’s Chris Stafford for The New Orleans Advocate. The band had just finished recording its first album outside Louisiana—in Austin—and Stafford was excited by the band’s evolution. When Feufollet started, he and the rest of the band were kids; now they’re adults and their tastes have developed as well.

From the Drawing Rooms to the Rice Fields

The music business has its ways of directing people down more fitting paths. Joshua Caffery remembers a reality check moment from his days with The Red Stick Ramblers, when they played a sold-out CD-release show at Grant Street Dance Hall in Lafayette, then performed to two friends the next night at the Hi-Ho Lounge here in New Orleans. A marriage and a Masters Degree gave him an occasion to reconsider if the touring band life was for him, and he decided no.

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