Artist of the Month

October 2014 Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess

We are pleased to feature Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess – who you might know from Bonsoir, Catin – as our October Artists of the Month! The duo has released a stripped-down, fantastic new self-titled recording available on Valcour.

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September 2014 The Cajun Country Revival

We are happy to feature the Cajun Country Revival this month as our Artist of the Month because the super group has released a new album on Valcour Records!

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May 2014 Smoov-Ras

Valcour Records and the Tipitina’s Co-op Lafayette are proud to announce that Smoov-Ras is the winner of our 2014 Song Contest! To judge the tracks that were submitted, we formed a panel of 4 experts from around the country: A music journalist/songwriter/musician from Port Townsend, WAA college radio DJ from Hartford, CTA musician/songwriter from Baton Rouge, Read more…

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February 2014 Elton Louviere

Elton Louviere, known for his inspiring depictions of South Louisiana landscapes, wildlife, and lifestyle, passed away on January 13, 2014. His impact on Louisiana artwork will outlast all of us and at Valcour we are grateful for his massive contribution to the culture in our part of the world.

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January 2014 Jay Ducote

January Artist of the Month Jay Ducote is a Baton Rouge-born writer, radio and TV personality, and all around lover and critic of food and libations – thus the name of his blog, Bite and Booze.

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November 2013 Geoff Munsterman

Our November Artist of the Month is Poet and Author Geoff Munsterman, a young talent from Greater New Orleans who has just published a fantastic book of poetry entitled Because the Stars Shine Through It.

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October 2013 Boozoo Chavis and His Magic Sounds

Our October Artist of the Month features our latest release, a recording of Boozoo Chavis and his magic sounds live on the festival stage in 1989 at Festivals Acadiens et Creoles

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September 2013 Tess Brunet, Lagniappe Records

Tess Brunet was born in New Orleans, LA a ward of the state of Louisiana. She was adopted at age 4. She found solace in her adopted father’s record collection.

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July 2013 Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones

This past June, Valcour’s Joel Savoy and his infinitely-talented wife, Kelli Jones, were getting ready to leave town when they decided to record Ray Price’s classic “I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)”  (hear the original here), a song Kelli thought would make a great Zydeco recording. Soon after they recorded it, their friends Read more…

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June 2012 Pine Leaf Boys

The Pine Leaf Boy’s 5th studio album and 2nd release with Valcour Records shows the band’s breadth of skills, styles, and interests.

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May 2013 FIGHTs

Together since mid 2010, And in the midst of a long journey, the powerful sextet from Lafayette, La known as FIGHTs has found a fresh sound and an unmistakable uniqueness.

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February 2013 Joel Savoy’s Honky Tonk Merry-Go-Round

We’re bringing this month’s AOM in-house—on his new release, Valcour’s Joel Savoy offers a view into Acadiana’s own vintage country scene, showcasing the incredible talents of many of his peers who are oftentimes associated more with the dominant tradition of Cajun music.

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January 2013 Acadiana Food Circle

“Food is medicine. Local food is community medicine; local food is conscious medicine.” -Lacey Dupre

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December 2012 Arcadius Acres

For our December AOM, we are proud to bring you information about an organic farm in Acadiana owned and operated by Valcour family.

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November 2012 Phillip LaFargue II

Valcour Records Co-founder Phillip LaFargue was recognized in November as an honoree in the Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2012 Forty Under 40 class of rising stars in the capital region.

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October 2012 The Balfa Family

Valcour Records has teamed up again with Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for this second release in the Rubber Bootleg Series, featuring selected festival performances by various configurations and members of The Balfa Family, spanning 1977 to 2010.

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September 2012 Dickie Landry

On the WebStory on the Dickie Landry Exhibit in DIG MagazineFeature on Dickie Landry from the Walls Street JournalA 2009 story on Landry from Country Roads Magazine  Dickie Landry was a founding member of the original group that formed the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1969 and performed with the Ensemble through 1981, including the opera Einstein Read more…

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August 2012 T-Galop

Creole cowboys and Cajun jockeys, Cotton Knights and Mardi Gras revelers reveal the long history and blend between Creoles and Cajuns and the horses they love.

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July 2012 Chicory

Not much is known about Chicory except that he hails from Shreveport originally, where he wrote, produced and directed short films about raccoons with his brother, Coffeeweed.

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June 2012 The Mercy Brothers

The Mercy Brothers are a new Hillbilly Gospel outfit dreamed up by Kevin Sekhani and Mark Meaux of the Bluerunners.

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May 2012 Denton Hatcher

Country-rock musician Denton Hatcher is one of the south’s budding singer-songwriters. Based out of Baton Rouge, he is currently touring the Gulf Coast to promote his new album, The Soapbox Blues.

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April 2012 The Passion Series

Our April feature is a project by a couple of filmmakers who use their talents to highlight other artists and artisans in the Lafayette area via short, beautiful documentary films. Imagine Artist of the Month on steroids.

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March 2012 T’ Monde

T’ Monde, meaning “little world” or “little people”, began playing together in early 2011.

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February 2012 DRUMCART

New Orleans based DRUMCART is a marching drum corps and visual/performing artist collective formed in the Spring of 2006.

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January 2012 American Thrift

American Thrift is ready to help you assemble the soundtrack for your life.

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December 2011 Best of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles 2002

In 2011, Valcour teamed up with the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette to collaborate on this first of what will be many musical releases.

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November 2011 The Band Courtbouillon

With The Band Courtbouillon, three accordion masters who are shaping Louisiana music team up to play the songs they grew up on.

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October 2011 Black Pot Festival and Cookoff

The South Louisiana Black Pot Festival & Cookoff is one of the most unique festivals in Louisiana. Held annually at Lafayette’s Acadian Village, the festival celebrates its 5th year this October with two days of great music, dancing, food, camping & jamming.

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September 2011 Joy Kills Sorrow

Our September Artist of the Month, Joy Kills Sorrow, is an incredible string band hailing from Boston – not a Louisiana band but good friends of Valcour and regulars at the Blackpot Festival and on the Louisiana music venue circuit. This group of elite musicians have come together to strike magic with their sophomore release, This Unknown Science.

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August 2011 Philip Gould

Philip Gould is a documentary/architectural photographer who has made Louisiana his home and favorite subject since first coming to the Bayou State from San Francisco Bay Area in 1974.

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July 2011 Baton Rouge Music Studios

Baton Rouge Music Studios started out as a private lesson business, but has since become a full fledged “School of Rock”.

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June 2011 Jolie Blonde et Les Bassettes

Back to music this month with Jolie Blonde et Les Bassettes! These talented young ladies are further proof that the Southern Louisiana talent stash is overflowing with beautiful undiscovered voices and excellent musicianship. Valcour Records provided a grant to Jolie Blonde et Les Bassettes to produce their new release, On My Way Home, providing them with a way to support their musical endeavors and get their tracks into the hands of their fans.

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May 2011 Bayou Teche Brewing

There are lots of amazing things happening in the small Acadiana town of Arnaudville on the banks of the Bayou Teche, not the least of which is Louisiana’s new standard in microbreweries: Bayou Teche Brewing Co. The Arnaudville native Knott brothers have struck gold with their innovative Louisiana-inspired brews, and the whole Southeast is beginning to catch on.

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April 2011 Gabrielle Savoy

Our third non-musical Artist of the Month in the four months of 2011! Gabrielle Savoy, daughter of Marc and Ann Savoy and sister to Valcour founder Joel Savoy is a highly talented emerging visual artsit, getting ready to put her work on public display for the first time. Check out our latest Artist of the Month feature for more details and to see some of her work!

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March 2011 Lakeview Park & Beach

Lakeview Park in Eunice, recently re-opened by the Rodriguez/Pitre families (good friends of Valcour), features leisurely recreation combined with foot-stompin’ good times.

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February 2011 CREOLE – Gourmet Secrets of Louisiana

In CREOLE -Gourmet Secrets of Louisiana, John Lafleur II collects the recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation in his family and his friends’ families.

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January 2011 Jesse Lége, Joel Savoy and the Cajun Country Revival

Louisiana music traditions have always blended well with country, blues, gospel, pop, swing, jazz, bluegrass and old time. Its like adding cayenne pepper to a decent dish – it gives it the extra kick to push it over the top.

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