January can’t come quick enough for a handful of Acadiana musicians, who last week were among the nominees announced for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards. Local musicians once again dominate the Cajun-Zydeco category, with Beausoliel avec Michael Doucet, Buckwheat Zydeco, The Magnolia Sisters, Pine Leaf Boys, and Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole all getting nods. Other Acadiana nominees and connections include Larry Klein, producer of the song “Acadian Driftwood” on Zachary Richard’s Last Kiss album, up for Producer of the Year, non-classical. Local swamp rocker C.C. Adcock is also looking to sink his teeth into an award; the vampire-inspired True Blood Season One album, to which he contributed four tracks, is nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack.
Another week, more grim news for the newspaper business. Last week, company memos from Gannett, the country’s largest newspaper chain owner and corporate overlord of both The Daily Advertiser and The Daily World, leaked plans describing more impending cutbacks. On the heels of consolidating copyright desks to state hubs, Gannett is now planning to run virtually all of its advertising design, for publications nationwide, into regional ad-building centers. The memo signals drastic job cuts to all its publications ad departments by this spring. Currently, The Advertiser alone employs roughly a dozen designers in its ad department. We hate what’s happening to Lafayette’s official public journal (really, we do!). Enough already.
Three scrooges this week: Councilmen Kenneth Boudreaux, Brandon Shelvin and Sam Doré. In their infinite wisdom as sitting members of the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, the trio banded together to extinguish debate on the enormously important issue of a rate increase for Lafayette Utilities System. Not only did the three ignore warnings from LUS Director Terry Huval that not passing a rate increase could mean Lafayette’s sewage will hit the fan, but Boudreaux, Shelvin and Doré also ignored the common courtesy of approving an introductory ordinance so that it can go on to the full council for further debate and a final vote. An issue this important shouldn’t be treated in so cavalier a fashion.
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.