MILK AND HONEY Multi-instrumentalist Gina Forsyth brings passion and panache to her latest release, Promised Land (Waterbug Records), a 14-tune effort brimming with spot-on acoustic musicianship and austere, poetic storytelling that highlight Forsyth’s keen ear for the American folk songbook. The longtime fiddle player for New Orleans-based Cajun accordionist Bruce Daigrepont and a frequent guest on other musicians’ records, Forsyth steps up to the mic in the middle on Promised Land, singing and playing both acoustic guitar and fiddle with masterful command while leading a stable of seasoned musicians — Jim Markway (double bass), Chris Polachek (electric bass), Mike Barras (percussion), Jonno Frishberg (accordion) and Mike West (banjo) — on a rich, rewarding journey from the bayous of Cajun Country to the Baptist churches of Appalachia and back again. The idioms on this very fine record are varied yet nuanced, but they’re united by Forsyth’s passionate, deft delivery. The record is available for $15 at Waterbug.com. Learn more about the artist and her upcoming gigs at her website, GinaForsyth.com. — Walter Pierce
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 offer shares of its stock to the public for the first time.
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.