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2014Doug Kershaw and Steve Riley Face to Face

Imagine two of Cajun music’s most prolific ambassadors sitting down across from each other in a small, cozy room, making music together for the very first time.

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2014Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess Eponymous

Kristi Guillory and Anya Burgess, of the group Bonsoir, Catin have shared a love of old and crooked Cajun tunes for since they first started playing music together in 2005.

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2014The Cajun Country Revival Greetings from Louisiana

The Cajun Country Revival strikes again! This time in the form of an acoustic quartet, Joel Savoy is joined by Cajun accordion hero Jesse Lége as well as Sammy Lind and Nadine Landry of the infamous Foghorn Stringband.

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2014Bonsoir, Catin Light the Stars

The Bonsoir, Catin sound rides a wave rhythm, a pulse, an under the skin sensation, a heartbeat. Their newest recording to date, Light the Stars, is a collection of fresh, evocative new Cajun music that pushes the limits of imagination and form.

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2013Bozoo Chavis & His Magic Sounds Rubber Bootleg Series

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 third release in the Rubber Bootleg Series, featuring storied Zydeco pioneer Boozoo Chavis and his Magic Sounds performing on the festival stage in 1989.

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2013Pine Leaf Boys Danser

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

A view into Acadiana’s own vintage country scene, showcasing the incredible talents of many musicians who are oftentimes associated more with the dominant tradition in the area, Cajun music.

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2012The Balfa Family: A Retrospective Rubber Bootleg Series

The Balfas have helped shape Cajun music, how it is performed in different settings, the way it is preserved, and the way it progresses from one generation to the next. We owe them a great debt for their contribution to Louisiana music and we are honored to make this historical recording available.

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2011Various Artists The Best of Valcour Records Volume One

A collection of tunes from Valcour’s first few years – an amazing representation of the Acadiana sound.

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2011Best of Festivals Acadiens 2002 Rubber Bootleg Series

We are delighted to announce that Valcour Records has teamed up with Festivals Acadiens et Creoles and the Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette to make available for the first time ever selected performances from Louisiana’s largest Cajun and Creole music festival.

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2011Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy The Band Courtbouillon

Three of the most prominent and entertaining personalities (not to mention incredibly talented accordionists) come together for this good-time album.

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2011Lége, Savoy, Cajun Country RevivalThe Right Combination

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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2010Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole Creole Moon

The poly-rhythmic and syncopated sounds of Africa and the Caribbean are unmistakable in this ensemble of talented musicians. This live recording from performances at Lafayette’s Blue Moon Saloon captures the energy and excitement that characterize Cedric’s performances and have resulted in his booming popularity among fans of all ages.

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2010Dirk Powell A Fret-Free Christmas

We are happy to add Dirk to the Valcour catalog with A Fret-Free Christmas: Christmas Music on a Fretless Banjo. The album, featuring Dirk’s daughter artwork, was originally a creation for friends and family, but it was so good we just had to share it with the world.

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2010Pine Leaf Boys Back Home

“[Back Home] is dedicated to all the musicians from whom we learned this beautiful music and to the dance halls where they played hundreds of dances throughout the years gone by. Times have changed, and with time, the music changed. “

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2010Dennis McGee Himself

Valcour Records is honored to present, through cooperation with our friend, Gérard Dôle, a never-before-released recording of Cajun music’s historical master of the fiddle, Dennis McGee.

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2009GIVERS EP

This album is out of print. GIVERS have had the fortune to sign with the Glassnote Music Group. Please direct inquiries there.

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2009Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole L’ésprit Créole

To make a contribution to any traditional folk genre, a writer must know its traditional book of tunes, play to its audiences, and speak its language. Cedric Watson in this 2nd album as leader forges ahead with original Creole music influenced by the French Creole diaspora and West Africa.

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2009Linzay Young and Joel Savoy Eponymous

Often times, Cajun music fans find themselves skipping ahead to the twin fiddles track on their favorite album. This is not because its the only track they love, but because there is something special about the harmonic fiddles that resonates, literally, somewhere deep within. It presents a sound that is unique to Cajun music, and in Louisiana we can feel it in our blood, and it creates a sound track for our identity.

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2009Bonsoir Catin Vive L’amour

These friends honor their roots, carrying their ancestors as naturally as they carry their own children—and while they honor the past, they are not slaves to the past—combining Cajun, country, bawdy powerful woman blues, old time—this is not exactly their grandmother’s music; but, it is their grandmother’s spirit—real women.

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2008Christine Balfa Plays the Triangle

Working with Christine on this record was effortless.
-Chas Justus, Producer

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2008Feufollet Cow Island Hop

Cow island hop is likely the most creative recording project to come out of this new era from a band that has become one of the most important voices for Louisiana Cajun youth; proud of their heritage, confident of their roots and ready to soar into the future.

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2008Cedric Watson Eponymous

In this debut, GRAMMY-nominated solo release, Cedric channels the talents of his influences, such as Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot, but proves his chops as a writer and composer with the majority of the songs on the album either his own creations and/or arrangements

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2007The Figs Eponymous

This album is out of print. Bursting with gusto and grit, this crop is at peak flavor. So spike your lemonade, prop your feet up on the porch rail, and let The Figs kick out your jams.

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2006Various Artists Allons Boire un Coup

It’s not particularly interesting or important that people in Southern Louisiana like to drink. Of utter importance, however, are the wild and sometimes strange things they do when they drink and party together, and the soulful, brilliant way they transform these activities into song.

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2006Cedric Watson and Corey LedetGoin’ Down to Louisiana

Not long ago, the future of Creole music looked bleak. Bébé Carriére, the great fiddler at the heart of the Lawtell Playboys, passed away. Danny Poulard, too, was gone. The African American French musical traditions of Southwest Louisiana, which underpin so much of what we now like to call “Cajun” and “Zydeco” music, seemed to be rapidly disappearing, lost in the din of the dancehall and the relentless boom of the electric bass. Salvation, though, often comes from strange places. In this case, it came from perhaps the strangest place of all: Texas.

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