|In Memoriam: Jillian Johnson|
In the world of music, great masters die at ripe old ages and young superstars flame out in their twenties.
In our world – that of a very small, regionally based independent record label, you find yourself surrounded by creatives, by entrepreneurs and self-starters. Look to your left and you’ll see talented musicians doing what they do for love of the music, not for expectations of fame and fortune. Look to your right and you’ll see visual artists, designers, and managers that have donated their abilities to beautifying and promoting a sound and a culture that represents them. Eventually you’ll see momentum build and you’ll end up with a “scene”, or a cohesive movement. You’ll end up with a mass of people with great gifts to share that seem to transform and even transcend a community.
And occasionally, in the midst of that movement, a certain, rare breed of genius emerges. The person who is at once musical, artistic, and entrepreneurial. The person who helps both anchor and progress the community’s movement, if that is possible.
Lafayette is one such community and Jillian Johnson was one such genius. Last night, we lost her to a selfish, senseless act of apparently random violence.
|Ringing in year 10 with a bang – Lomax style|
Well, folks, we’ve been working on this for over a year and we are thrilled to finally announce pre-sales of our 27th release and our biggest project to date…
It’s a landmark, limited edition project to celebrate Valcour Records’ tenth year in business and Alan Lomax Centennial! Producers Joel Savoy and Josh Caffery have collaborated to create Rediscovering Lomax in Evangeline Country, a one-of-a-kind collection of recordings featuring Louisiana artists performing fresh takes on a unique series of folk songs—both French and English—archived in Louisiana in 1934 by the late Alan and John Lomax.
The collection features 24 tracks 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.
While individual EPs will become available in stores each quarter, the limited edition full box set will be available exclusively on the Valcour website through the end 2015 as long as supplies last. Purchases of the box set include printed liner notes, a collector’s box for holding the CDs and liner notes and advance access to each release before retailers and radio stations. Digital liner notes will be available for free download on this page starting on March 31st.
|Bonsoir, Catin… GRAMMY Nominated!|
We are very proud to announce that Bonsoir, Catin’s latest release out on Valcour Records, Light the Stars, has been nominated in the Regional Roots category of the 57th annual GRAMMY Awards!
Two other Acadiana bands - the Magnolia Sisters and Jo-El Sonnier – also received nominations for the Best Regional Roots Album Grammy. Incidentally, the Magnolia Sisters were nominated for their album, Love’s Lies, which was produced by Valcour’s own Joel Savoy. Ann Savoy, Joel’s mother, is one of the Magnolia Sisters. The three Acadian bands will compete with Hawaiian musician Kamaka Kukona and Native American artist Joe Tohonnie Jr. for the final honor.
We are extremely proud of Bonsoir, Catin and all the Louisiana bands representing the music of our state at the GRAMMY’s on February 8. Best of luck to all.
Read more about the nomination in The Advertiser.
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