Lafayette singer-songwriter and country boy wunderkind,
Jaryd Lane, has signed a record deal with country star, Tracy Lawrence’s Rocky
Comfort Records. Lane, a Louisiana native, inspired by artists ranging from
James Taylor to Merle Haggard, has been working hard, self-releasing three
albums (Country Boy Sessions, Riding For the Brand, and Good
Company) since 2005 and marketing them DIY-style, through local and regional
retailers like Barnes & Noble where he has been the top selling local
artist for the past year.
Interest from the label grew after a gig opening for
Lawrence at the Longhorn Saloon in New Iberia in March of 2008 and a subsequent
exchange of music links with one of Rock Comfort Record’s employees. “She was
really digging the music, and she kept playing the stuff for Tracy and turned
him on to it,” Lane says. An invitation to visit the label in Nashville
followed and a deal was struck. “I couldn’t be happier,” says Lane, “We’re writing
songs like crazy, about to go in the studio — maybe revisit a couple older songs — and
try to make a great record.”
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.