Ring in the holiday season with the sounds of pedal steel, fiddle, and country blues. Yvette Landry’s “Oh, What a Silent Night” makes Christmas sound like the Louisiana countryside, and her voice brings heartache and beauty to the holiday sound track. Valcour Records is excited to bring you this beautiful little collection of country-style Christmas carols performed by Breaux Bridge songstress Yvette Landry, featuring Richard Comeaux on the pedal steel guitar, Beau Thomas on fiddle and Trevor Landry on drums.
A prize-winning children’s author, schoolteacher, classically-trained pianist and part-time professor of songwriting and American Sign Language, Yvette Landry from Breaux Bridge, Louisiana makes our souls shine with her music.
– by Rheta Grimsley Johnson
“The Healin’ Song” Fund is a field of interest fund that supports the “healing” needs of of those affected by tragedy in Acadiana; spiritual, mental, financial or physical. In addition, funds can be used for college or university scholarship assistance (books and tuition). The fund proceeds coming from “The Healin’ Song” which was written and recorded by Jo-El Sonnier and several other Grammy winners, a veritable who’s who of Cajun and zydeco music.
The primary funding for this purpose will come from digital downloads of “The Healin’ Song” from iTunes and other sources. However, members of the public who would like to donate to “The Healin’ Song” fund can do so via the Community Foundation of Acadiana here.
“The Healin’ Song” was written by Sonnier following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, but only decided to record it after the 2015 shooting tragedies in Lafayette and Sunset. He enlisted the help of Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who secured a videographer and, with generous cooperation from the Community Foundation of Acadiana, helped establish a fund to serve as a readily available means for Acadiana’s people to respond to their community’s needs.
For an accompanying music video, Sonnier enlisted the help of an all-star ensemble of musicians and studio professionals with almost 40 Grammy nominations and 10 Grammy Awards among them. Some of the all-star participating artists were Chubby Carrier, Yvette Landry, Steve Riley, Michael Doucet, Roddie Romero, Sonny Landreth, Eric Adcock and several others.
Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux took their duo on the road to the 18th Annual Rhythm & Roots Festival, at Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI. Magnificent weather and a powerful lineup including Keb Mo, The Mavericks, Los Lobos, Marcia Ball, Jim Lauderdale, Steve Riley, Roddie Romero and many more, made this one fantastic weekend.
It’s always nice to bring a little bit of Louisiana to the rest of the world!
Congratulations go out to Yvette Landry, who recently received recognition as the Cajun French Music Association’s 2015, “Female Vocalist of the Year” award.
The Cajun French Music Association was established to promote and preserve, not only Cajun music, but also various aspects of the Acadian Heritage. Each year, the Le Cajun Award and Festival is held to recognize “Band of the Year,” “Accordionist of the Year,” “Fiddler of the Year,” “Male and Female Vocalist,” “Song,” and “Best Recording of the Year.”
Pick up your copy of the August 2015, Acadiana Lifestyle issue, where you will find the following stories:
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Acadiana musician Yvette Landry performs at Buck & Johnny’s Pizzeria in Breaux Bridge. She shares with us her musical journey of going from an unknown to a Grammy nominee in 10 years. Photo by Fusion Photography.
Thanks so much to Shanna Perkins for a wonderful lunch and beautifully written article.
Congratulations go out to Yvette Landry for being one of the top three nominees for the L’association De Musique Cadienne Francaise De Louisiane, “Le Cajun – ‘Female Vocalist of the Year‘ – Award”. Yvette joins Ann Savoy and Kristi Guillory on the ballot. Yvette is also nominated for her work on Bonsoir Catin’s, Light the Stars, album, and Je M’endor, in the People’s Choice category. Awards will be given at the annual Le Cajun Awards Festival, Friday, August 21st.
Congratulations go out to Yvette Landry, who was recently voted into the position of “Governor” to the Memphis Chapter of the Grammy Foundation. The Grammy Foundation is an organization of musicians, songwriters, producers, engineers, and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers.
The Recording Academy – Memphis Chapter
Jon Hornyak introduces Memphis Chapter board members at the Memphis Membership Celebration. (L-R) Gebre Waddell, Justin Fisher, Johnny Palazzotto, Tim Kappel, Yvette Landry, Jon Hornyak, Matt Ross-Spang and Boo Mitchell. (Photo by Greg Campbell/WireImage for NARAS) — with Gebre Waddell, Justin L Fisher, Johnny Palazzotto, Tim Kappel, Yvette Landry, Jon Hornyak, Matt Ross-Spang and Lawrence Boo Mitchell.
More to come on this exciting new adventure. Stay tuned…
While Yvette’s CD was not the only focus on Ben Sandmel’s recent article, The Sounds of CenLA, it certainly got some attention. Ben writes:
“One of swamp pop’s biggest national hits was “I’m Leaving It Up To You” by Dale and Grace. Recorded in Baton Rouge, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks in 1963. A great new rendition of this South Louisiana favorite, sung by Yvette Landry and Roddie Romero, appears on Landry’s recent album Me & T-Coe’s Country (www.YvetteLandry.com). Romero is a fiery multi-instrumentalist and singer whose popular band, the Hub City All Stars, plays the entire breadth of South Louisiana roots music. Landry is likewise a passionate singer and multi-instrumentalist whose varied resumé includes a ten-year stint in the Grammy-nominated Cajun band Bonsoir Catin. Appropriately, she and Romero harmonize on “I’m Leaving It Up To You” with full-band backing. But the rest of this album finds Landry in a duo setting with the virtuosic pedal steel guitarist Richard Comeaux, a.k.a. T-Coe, focusing primarily on classic country music from the 1950s –‘70s. Landry’s supple, sultry voice convincingly evokes the feel of the Patsy Cline/Loretta Lynn school without any trace of self-conscious revivalism. To the contrary, Landry sounds like these women’s peer, and, like them, she can croon sweetly or sing rough-edged, as the moment demands. Comeaux remains similarly faithful to this vintage idiom while also creating a distinctly personal and adventurous style. He draws on jazz, rock, blues, swing and more, with a penchant for offbeat accents and dramatic dynamics. Some of Comeaux’s solos go far afield, but effectively and deliberately so, and he always lands with seamless grace to segue back into Landry’s next vocal. Throughout this album the interplay between Landry and Comeaux is exquisitely unadorned and unhurried with eloquent intervals of stark, dramatic silence that epitomize the concept of less is more.
While Landry is a skilled and prolific songwriter, only two of her originals appear here. Many of the songs on Me and T-Coe’s Country—including Patsy Cline’s “I Fall To Pieces,” and Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart”—have been recorded so often that one might initially question the point of reprising them again. But Landry and Comeaux’s renditions are so fresh, deeply soulful, and in-the-moment that the album is continually captivating. To use clichéd music-journalist jargon, Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux absolutely inhabit this familiar material. In doing so, they show precisely why these songs are timeless favorites.”
Ben Sandmel is a New Orleans-based freelance writer, folklorist, and producer and is the former drummer for the Hackberry Ramblers. Learn more about his latest book, Ernie K-Doe: The R&B Emperor of New Orleans, by visiting erniekdoebook.com. The K-Doe biography was selected for the Kirkus Reviews list of best nonfiction books for 2012.