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May 1, 2015Summer of Lomax The Independent Weekly

The Lomaxes heard old slave spirituals, rural blues, Irish and English folk songs, and traditional French folk songs. Within these genres there are delightful varieties and crucial building blocks that formed the music of Louisiana.

May 1, 2015I Wanna Sing Right Country Roads

In Louisiana, we understand that the present and the past commingle in song, a fact deftly demonstrated in Valcour Records’ I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country, a collection of contemporary Louisiana musicians placing their own spin on some of the songs the Lomaxes documented in Louisiana.

December 9, 2014Grammy gold continues for local artists The Advertiser

"Dear Anya Burgess, I'm sending you $10. Please buy 10 Lotto tickets and let's split the jackpot."

December 5, 2014Three local bands get Grammy nominations The Advertiser

Christine Balfa couldn't stop smiling Friday. Bandmate Kristi Guillory posted Friday on Facebook, "I can't feel my face."

November 27, 2014Cajun music legends Doug Kershaw and Steve Riley span generations with new CD

Now 78, legendary fiddler Kershaw, whose much covered 1961 hit “Lousiana Man” reached No. 10 on the country charts, noticed accordionist Riley’s Facebook photo of an old Sterling brand Cajun accordion.

November 24, 2014Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess offBeat Magazine

"With Guillory and Burgess’ royal treatment of this sacred material, past becomes present."

August 1, 2014Bonsoir, Catin, Light The Stars offBeat Magazine

"A groundbreaking effort in every sense of the word."

July 1, 2014Bonsoir, Catin Plays Cajun Music Their Way offBeat Magazine

"When the four dynamic, multi-talented women who formed Bonsoir, Catin in 2004 first came together, their main goal was simply sustaining the pleasure of playing music with like-minded souls."

July 25, 2013Cajun music’s Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones-Savoy deliver classic country cover hit

"Every now and then a song comes out of South Louisiana that takes the region by storm."

July 18, 2013Celebrated Pine Leaf Boys Cajun band comes to Connolly’s

'“Of course then I got really drunk,” adds Savoy, “and ended up somewhere.”'

June 27, 2013Front-porch music that swings 225 Magazine

"Sometimes you can make an especially wonderful album almost by accident."

February 26, 2013UL instructor Savoy nabs Grammy with Toups, Riley The Vermilion

"The irony of playing in the wind and rain only a week after receiving the most prestigious musical award in the world does not seem to phase Savoy, who has returned to business as usual playing music and teaching two classes on Monday nights at UL Lafayette."

February 11, 2013They said what? USA Today

USA Today gets a red carpet quote from Wayne Toups.

December 6, 2012Louisiana Artists Score Big With GRAMMY Nominations offBeat Magazine

"Major congrats are in order for a slew of Louisiana artists this morning. Frank Ocean, Lil’ Wayne, Dr. John, Corey Ledet, Ledisi, the Band Courtbouillon, Ellen DeGeneres and Hunter Hayes scored nods for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards..."

December 6, 2012No joke: Local acts are in the hunt for Grammy The Advertiser

Who needs a Cajun and Zydeco category? The Band Courtbouillon locks in a GRAMMY nomination for the Regional Roots category!

November 28, 2012Phillip LaFargue II, Forty Under 40 Baton Rouge Business Report

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.

October 1, 2012Holding Court with the Band Courtbouillon offBeat Magazine

offBeat features Cajun accordion super group, the Band Courtbouillon.

July 26, 2012Jesse Lege, Joel Savoy, & The Cajun Country Revival The Stranger

From the first brash accordion notes of Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy's album The Right Combination chanteur and dancehall king Jesse Lége bellows melodiously, leading his band through happy songs about sad things.

June 1, 2012This week in awesome: Bayou Teche Brewing’s Courir de Mardi Gras The Independent Weekly

Bayou Teche Brewing Company's Courir de Mardi Gras seasonal brew, released in partnership with Valcour, takes silver at the 2012 World Beer Championship!

January 4, 2012Feature Review: The Right Combination Driftwood Magazine

"For Cajun and old-time country music aficionados alike, The Right Combination is an instant underground classic."

January 3, 2012Local Bayou Teche brewery releases beer to honor traditional Mardi Gras KATC Channel 3

Acadiana's News Channel announces Bayou Teche Brewing's seasonal Courir de Mardi Gras beer, released in tandem with The Best of Valcour Records Volume One CD.

January 1, 2012Beyond Cajun Country 225 Magazine

"...the joyful spirit and energetic instrumental acumen of Louisiana’s indigenous music can transcend its Acadian environs. It can be packaged and promoted and amplified to tap deep into the mainstream of pop culture, and it can get Yankees and Europeans dancing like never before."

December 23, 2011Bayou Teche debuts new beer in honor of Mardi Gras culture Drinks Business Review

DBR announces Bayou Teche Brewing's Courir de Mardi Gras seasonal brew in a joint effort with Valcour's Best of Valcour Records Volume One release

December 1, 2011The Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore offBeat Magazine

offBeat covers the new partnership between Valcour and ULL's Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore and the first album that has resulted from it: The Best of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles 2002.

November 9, 2011Finds: Savoy Savvy The Independent Weekly

The Independent's Walter Pierce reviews The Band Courtbouillon—one of Valcour's "astonishingly magical moments."

November 1, 2011Review: The Band Courtbouillon offBeat Magazine

"There’s never been a recording quite like this one. Three highly accomplished Cajun revivalists—each representing a successive generation, each a musical pioneer, and each a highly respected bandleader in his own right—spontaneously coming together in an informal setting to pay their mutual respects to a musical heritage that has now become their shared inheritance."

June 22, 2011The Musical Rhythm of Acadiana Southern Living
Southern Living Magazine give some ink to the musicians and difference-makers in Acadiana that are preserving traditions and modernizing the culture. The Savoy family and many Valcour bands are prominently featured.
June 6, 2011Treme Wrap-Up: Coconuts and Shoes offBeat Magazine
offBeat recounts the Carnival episode of HBO's Treme, which featured music and dancing by Valcour artists and partners at the Cajun Mardi Gras run (courir) in Savoy, La.
May 5, 2011Cajun String Bands: The Next Big Thing? NPR Music
"Cajun music has shaken off its museum dust and returned to its origins as social music. It's become more muscular to keep its young audience on the dance floor, and has embraced new songwriting and modern influences to keep those kids coming back. It's a culture that's no longer just preserving its past, but also redefining its present."
May 1, 2011Review: Cajun Country Revival, The Right Combination offBeat Magazine
"Joel Savoy has become a central figure in the Acadian Uprising, a second wave of young revivalists coming to the forefront of Cajun music culture in the first decade of the 21st Century."
April 1, 2011Review: Pine Leaf Boys, Back Home225 Magazine
"Back Home is a healthy combination of tunes that could turn any night into a sweaty dance party: traditional Cajun two-steps all over the place, balanced with the band’s fantastic blend of all-out boogies, woozy waltzes and blues-inspired cuts."
April 1, 2011Review: Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Creole Moon 225 Magazine
"His soulful French storytelling goes hand in hand with a fiddle and accordion, creating a familiar yet original sound perfect for the traditional Creole music fan or any casual listener, because this is music that just feels good. Ça c’est bon! "
March 31, 2011HBO’s ‘Treme’ — Season 2 starts April 24 The Baltimore Sun
Pine Leaf Boys, Red Stick Ramblers, and Steve Riley mentioned among other Louisiana musicians in HBO's Treme season two announcement!
March 30, 2011Cajun Dance Party brings a little bit of Louisiana to the Savannah Music Festival Savannah Morning News
"Joel Savoy couldn’t have been anything but a musician if he’d tried. "
February 1, 2011Review: Pine Leaf Boys, Back Home offBeat
"Their Valcour Records debut and fifth disc overall is quite possibly the group’s best musical export yet."
January 29, 2011Best of the Beat 2010 Music Award Winners offBeat
Pine Leaf Boys, Back Home, receives Best Cajun Album honors.
January 1, 2011The Best Louisiana Albums of 2010 offBeat
Valcour releases by Cedric et Bijou, GIVERS and Linzay and Joel all make the list for 2010.
December 29, 2010Review: Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole, Creole Moon Folkworks
"At 27 years of age, Cedric Watson, a relative newcomer to the scene, has reached the heights of the recording arts, sharing the charts and accolades with established Cajun and Zydeco giants such as Buckwheat Zydeco, Terrance Simien and Beausoleil."
December 23, 2010CD Reviews: Two Old School Fiddle Masters Hearth Music
Dr. Squeeze reviews Dennis McGee, Himself
December 15, 2010Dirk Powell’s “A Fret-Free Christmas”: Fretless Banjo Carols No Depression
"So we're very happy to talk about our new favorite Christmas album: Dirk Powell's A Fret-Free Christmas. Dirk has completely re-envisioned 18 Christmas carols, from Frosty the Snowman to Away in a Manger. And the thing is, it sounds amazing!"
December 14, 2010Posthaste Q&A with Dirk Powell The Independent Weekly
"With cover art by his eight-year-old daughter Amelia, the familiar Christmas standards on A Fret-Free Christmas have an old dusty resonance and purity of soul — like some snowy and forgotten Appalachian lullabies — that flashy Christmas records can’t touch."
December 1, 2010Review: Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole, Creole Moon offBeat
"Watson proves that he’s a master mixologist, juxtaposing old style, accordion-played zydeco with rollicking Cajun/Creole fiddle tunes..."
June 24, 2010A New Generation of Cajun/Creole Musicians Take the Lead No Depression

"The sprawling city of Lafayette, Louisiana, deep in the heart of Cajun Country, is home to this new scene, and Valcour Records is the record label that is getting all this music out internationally."

June 1, 2010Cajun Twin Fiddle CD: Linzay Young & Joel Savoy No Depression
"The French lyrics are sung in the perfectly unpolished voices natural to the music. The tunes are simple, authentic and straight from the heart, and the bayou. "
March 24, 2010Cool Town The Independent Weekly
Valcour makes the Independent's list of "what makes living in Lafayette cool".
February 5, 2010Best of What’s Next: Givers Paste Magazine
"Givers’ drove of multi-instrumentalists make delightfully breezy, lucid-dream pop, Will Henderson’s keyboard whirling away while Josh LeBlanc’s Dixieland horns rough up Kirby Campbell’s steady Afro-pop drums."
January 13, 2010GlobalFEST 2010: A World Music Showcase National Public Radio (NPR)
Features a streaming live recording of Cedric Watson at GlobalFEST 2010.
January 12, 2010Music: January The Oxford American
"While the emotional range of these [GIVERS EP] songs extends somewhere from cheery to blissed out, they are hardly one-dimensional, as heard in the band’s deft maneuvering between indie-rock’s hushed tones and the pulsating bombast of disco."
January 11, 2010A World of Fusions: Hot, Cool and OtherwiseThe New York Times
Cedric Watson, a Texan now based in South Louisiana, reconfigures new and old Cajun music with guts and smarts.
January 1, 2010Review: Linzay Young and Joel Savoy offBeat
"Though they recall the storied fiddle tradition of Cajun music, there’s another tradition brewing right here."
December 1, 2009Keys to the City: OffBeat’s Top 40 CDs of 2009 offBeat
Bonsoir Catin graces the 2009 list.
December 1, 2009Review: GIVERS EP 225 Magazine
"The eponymous debut by Lafayette’s Givers may be short at 23 minutes— four songs and a remix—but that brief record is packed with more ebullience than any indie rock sourpuss can withstand."
October 1, 2009Review: Bonsoir Catin, Vive L’amour offBeat
"Beautiful songs aside, the Catins are also just plain fun."
April 14, 2009Christine Balfa: 55 Minutes Of Solo Triangle National Public Radio (NPR)
"For those who think all Cajun music sounds exactly the same, a new CD tries to dispel that pervasive and dangerous myth."
February 13, 2009One-Man Bands, and One Woman on Triangle The New York Times

"Ms. Balfa won’t change the mind of anyone who thinks there are actually only two Cajun songs, a waltz and a two-step (though different waltzes start their pattern on different beats)."

February 4, 2009Voices Newly Amplified by Grammy Nominations The New York Times
"An aggressive and gifted reanimator of Louisiana Creole music, Cedric Watson sings in entrancing brays and yelps and plays fiddle and accordion in cocksure fashion."
February 1, 2009Review: Christine Balf Plays the TriangleoffBeat
"And there is a hypnotic, dare we say trance-inducing quality to these tracks. The equivalent recorded out on the sands of the Sahara or in the rainforests of Sulawesi would be considered ethno-musicological treasures, and by some even spiritual sound maps."
January 1, 2009Top 50 CDs: A Very Good Year (2008) offBeat
Cedric's debut solo CD and Feufollet's Cow Island Hop both make the top 16.
November 17, 2008The Cajun Swamp Fire of Feufollet National Public Radio (NPR)
"Lafayette, La., is a happening place. There, musicians young and old are pushing the boundaries of their genres."
November 1, 2008Valcour Records Blues In London

"Formed in Eunice, Louisiana by three South Louisiana natives, Joel Savoy, Lucius Fontenot, and Phillip LaFargue, Valcour explores both traditional and innovative Louisiana sounds. Chalrie Munn takes us on a journey of discovery... "

October 27, 2008Review: Feufollet, Cow Island Hop 225 Magazine
"Cow Island Hop is a rare Cajun album that has all the trappings of the real deal and sticks out from the pack."
February 1, 2008The Best of the Beat 2007 offBeat
Valcour wins Cajun Album of the Year for the acclaimed Allons Boire un Coup, as well as the Best Record Label business award.
January 1, 2008Top 50 CDs of 2007 offBeat
Allons Boire un Coup makes the cut!
March 4, 2007Cajun Sound, Rock ’n’ Roll Energy The New York Times
"After years of recycled arrangements and graying performers and listeners, Acadiana’s dance halls are suddenly filled with young musicians, young dancers and a hard-rocking approach to the old acoustic instruments. "
March 1, 2007Review: Allons Boire un Coup No Depression
"Occasionally a performance is more influenced by drinking than singing, but this collection, like Valcour’s other recent release by the young Creole fiddle-accordion duet of Cedric Watson & Corey Ledet, is a real pleasant surprise."
February 1, 2007Drinking on the Job offBeat
"A house filled with folks, great music, and free-flowing alcohol would only seem like a hard day at the office if you count the recovery time involved, but it’s a typical nose-to-the-grindstone/bottle day in the long, revolving-door recording sessions for [Allons Boire un Coup]."
February 1, 2007Review: Allons Boire un Coup offBeat
"With over 30 contributing Acadiana artists including Valcour impresario Joel Savoy and project brainchild Josh Caffery, Allons Boire Un Coup avoids the trappings of being another run-of-the-mill Irish drinking songs type of affair by cutting a wide cultural swath that digs deep at the roots of Cajun-Creole music."
January 1, 2007The Top 50 Louisiana CDs of 2006 offBeat
Goin' Down to Louisiana makes the list.
November 17, 2006A Drink and a Song The Independent Weekly

Allons Boire un Coup plunges deep into the vats, uncorking a few long-forgotten old songs and aligning them with some of the finest young and veteran Creole and Cajun musicians.

September 24, 2006CD Reviews: Cedric Watson and Corey Ledet The San Francisco Chronicle
"But 'Goin' Down to Louisiana' is about much more than the past -- it is hope for the future, good times right now and music that refuses to let you sit still."
June 1, 2006Stompin’ at the Savoy Faire offBeat

"Tucked away in an old Acadian-style house standing in a picturesque field on the outskirts of Eunice lies Studio Savoy Faire, where a number of great recordings and more than a few good times have taken place."

June 1, 2006Review: Goin’ Down to Louisiana offBeat
"Of all of the musicians to have crossed the Sabine from Texas into our great state in recent times, possibly the strongest impact on fans and musicians alike has come from accordion player Corey “Lil Pop” Ledet and fiddler Cedric Watson."

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