Valcour Records continues to reinforce its claim as the premier label for Cajun and Creole music. Begun five years ago by co-founder and multi-instrumentalist Joel Savoy, son of famed accordionist/accordion maker Marc and guitarist/vocalist Ann, and brother to the Pine Leaf Boys’ Wilson — Savoy started the label with friends Lucius Fontenot and Phillip LaFargue — Valcour has maintained a knack for not only releasing stellar records by established and up-and-coming artists, but creating a dynamic synergy among brand-name musicians, bringing them together for one-off recording sessions that result in astonishingly magical moments. Such is the case for Valcour’s latest release, The Band Courtbouillon. Featuring Wayne Toups (accordion, vocals), Steve Riley (accordion, fiddle, guitar, vocals), Wilson Savoy (accordion, fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Eric Frey (bass), the record is 14 warm, welcome tracks that include traditional standards such as “The Bosco Blues,” “Les Flammes de L’Enfer” and “The Patassa Two-Step” along with familiar but infrequently recorded tunes by revered artists like Iry Lejeune (“The Convict Waltz”) and D.L. Menard (“She Made Me Lose My Mind”). The engineering of the record is impeccably simple, the packaging and design are beautifully austere and the CD is enhanced with liner notes, translations of the songs and other features. And 14 songs for $11.99 is cheaper than your average MP3 album download. It’s just an all-around fine effort by a fine South Louisiana label. The Band Courtbouillon is available where local music is sold. You can also order it through ValcourRecords.com. — Walter Pierce
LOVE AND LIFE AFTER DEATH
Englishman Henry Wells Sullivan lost his wife Gillian to breast cancer about six months before April 2010’s oil spill. They both felt a special relationship to Louisiana. The couple met at Oxford University in the early ’60s, and circumstances drew them apart, only to be reunited in 1995. When Gillian died in September 2009, Sullivan saw parallels between his personal grief and the grief the BP spill caused for his beloved adopted home, which inspired him to write Death Threats from British Petroleum & Life Beyond the Grave. “I would like this poetic testament of our love to outlive us both,” Sullivan says. “She was a crusader of the environment, and these poems are a tribute to her life and career.” The poems are eloquent and simple with Biblical quotes as well as heartbreakingly drawing from love letters the couple wrote to each other throughout their lives. Available in soft cover at amazon.com for $14. — Anna Purdy
PUH, BAW! PUH!
The food and the music are just different enough to feel exotic and just cozy enough to feel welcoming for strangers to Acadiana. Not so the language. With patois only found south of I-10, there are expressions we use that no one else can fathom. Anyone who has ever had a stranger visit knows that being a translator is often necessary. Enter the word “puh.” Depending on context it could mean “I’m sick of this” or “forget this” or something unmentionable. New local apparel company Iron Crawfish has a line of T-shirts with just this saying on it. Check out the other available shirts and hats and even iPhone wallpaper. Puh — for when what you want to say just shouldn’t be said in polite company. Fifteen bucks at IronCrawfish.com. — AP
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.