Francis X. Pavy's painted his share of guitars. He painted one for Reeves Gabrel during his tenure with David Bowie and another one for local rocker C.C. Adcock. He's even built about eight of them (which he's also painted), and he has another one he's been building for the last couple of years. "It takes a lot to make a guitar play well," he says. "It's not just arranging a bridge and six strings in a certain order. It's really tricky."
So when Louisiana Crossroads commissioned Pavy to paint a guitar for the music series, Pavy focused on the Crossroads theme. He painted an image in oil, divided into four directions with four different elements of earth, sky, fire and water on the front of the guitar. It's a theme he had used years ago in a series of woodcuts. On the back of the guitar he relied on the myth of Robert Johnson at the crossroads, where the seminal blues master was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his masterful guitar playing abilities. On the vibrant sky background with two lone telephone poles, Pavy wrote his own blues lyrics.
"We have this killer Francis Pavy original," says Louisiana Crossroads Director Todd Mouton, "but then we're also going to have these highly durable copies." The local guitar manufacturer Composite Acoustics has agreed to produce a line of guitars with reproductions of Pavy's work. "Anyone that wants one can buy one," says Mouton. "They're going to be custom order guitars." Composite Acoustics will sell the limited edition Pavy model for $2,999 each, with proceeds benefiting the Louisiana Crossroads series.
After the unveiling of Pavy's guitar and the announcement of this season's lineup for Louisiana Crossroads on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, saxophonists Dickie Landry and Jon Smith open the eighth season of Louisiana Crossroads with Two Tenors: An evening with the Saxophone. The show will feature solo and duo works from Landry and Smith, with a finale featuring the duo's chord-based six- and 24-saxophone approach. Tickets are $8-$12 and available online at www.louisianacrossroads.org or by calling (337) 233-7060.
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.