Jun, 22 2015
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.
More to come on this exciting new adventure. Stay tuned…
Jun, 22 2015
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.
View the entire article at: http://louisianaculturalvistas.org/the-sounds-of-cenla/
Jun, 22 2015
Kenny Glenann directing film from James Kelman script
Recently, Yvette Landry had the opportunity to perform as a “busker” for Booker Prize-winning Scottish author James Kelman, and BAFTA-winning director Kenny Glenann as they filmed “Dirt Road to Lafayette.”
The script follows recently bereaved Scottish father Tom and his son Murdo, who make an emotional journey from the Scottish Highlands to the southern U.S. Whilst in America, Murdo heard Zydeco/Blues music for the first time. Although a talented musician, Murdo hasn’t planed music since the death of his mother, but everything changes when he meets retired Zydeco legend, Queen Monzee-ay and her family.
Stay tunes, as this film is certainly on path to the big screen!
Photo by Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com
May, 1 2015
“It’s always an honor to be able to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. But to be included in a write up along side Alison Krauss, well that’s really hard to wrap your brain around.” says Yvette Landry.
Friday morning, Brad Rhines, who writes for Gambit – New Orleans News and Entertainment, reported on three bands from Thursday’s performances. Included in those three were Alison Krauss, Mississippi bluesman Kenny Brown, and Yvette Landry.
“Another solid set of roots music came from the Yvette Landry Band from Breaux Bridge. The group hit the Fais Do Do stage with a batch of Cajun honky tonk songs focused on drinking, cheating and bad decisions. Landry’s band — Richard Comeaux on pedal steel, Beau Thomas on fiddle, Josef Butts on upright bass and Landry’s son Trevor on drums — combined Texas swing and roadhouse blues on songs like “Hey Mister Bartender,” “Friday Night Special” and the Porter Wagoner classic “Misery Loves Company.” Landry, who fronted the band with equal parts Cajun sass and sweetheart, referred to the song “Can I Come Home With You” as “the happy song of the day.” ‘Now it goes back to man-killing,’ she told the tie-dyed two-steppers in the crowd at Fais Do Do. Landry said she was just kidding, but then the band started in on another swinging number about a cheating lover, “Dead and Gone.” It features the line “I put on my makeup and burned down his house.” Landry couldn’t help grinning at the end of the song, telling the crowd, ‘That was fun, y’all!’ “
For the full article, click here.
Apr, 25 2015
Musician Yvette Landry of Breaux Bridge has become the darling of the south Louisiana music scene. Her work as bassist for the Grammy-nominated Bonsoir Catin, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and leader of her own Yvette Landry Band has established her reputation as a go-to player for touring and sit-in sessions.
She does have a different life away from the footlights, however. To her students, she’s Miss Landry. Among the deaf and hearing-impaired of Acadiana, she’s a volunteer sign language interpreter at the Lafayette-based Deaf Action Center Sunday church services. At times, she’s the peacemaker called by Lafayette Police when hearing-impaired people are involved. Finally, she’s a teacher/mentor for beginning sign interpreters across Acadiana.
It’s ironic though that a culture which enjoys music as much as south Louisiana’s Cajuns are disproportionately affected by Usher Syndromes, a disease that renders victims deaf and blind.
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