In what may be characterized as partly a lifetime achievement award, Buckwheat Zydeco just moments ago was announced as the winner in the Cajun-Zydeco category at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, according to a text message from an INDsider source at the ceremony. Held in Los Angeles, the awards for several categories are handed out on Sunday afternoon ahead of the Grammy broadcast. Buckwheat won the award for his record Lay Your Burden Down, beating out four other Acadiana artists/bands: Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Magnolia Sisters, Pine Leaf Boys and Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole.
The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra was also recognized with a win in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category. And according to our source, Terence Blanchard, who won the Grammy for Best Improvised Jazz Solo, gave a "Who Dat" shout-out while accepting the award.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.