Yvette’s new CD is making the rounds. Visit CMT.com to gain insight as to how the album came about and how growing up in Louisiana is a big part of her music.
Yvette Landry, Zachary Richard, Ann Savoy, Terrance Simien, and Steve Riley are just a few of the two dozen gifted artists featured on “Je M’Endors: Cajun and Créole Lullabies,” a stunning collection of a dozen new recordings of original and traditional music for families released by Louisiana Folk Roots. CD copies of the project, which was supported by a grant from the Lafayette General Foundation, will be given to the next 1,000 babies born at Lafayette General Medical Center.
The album showcases the talents of artists with nine Grammy awards between them, and it marks the first official release of new songs by David Greely, Marce Lacouture, Yvette Landry, and Ann Savoy and Jane Vidrine. The collection also includes a beautiful new solo piano and vocal performance by Zachary Richard, who revisited his iconic late-1970s composition “La Berceuse Créole (Creole Lullaby)” for the project.
The individual tracks are all very personal, and range from Steve Riley, Richard Comeaux & Yvette Landry’s intimate, swamp-pop-tinged version of “Brahms’ Lullaby” to Curley Taylor & Dione Mayfield’s swaying soul take on “Crabe Dans Callaloo,” a cradle song first recorded in the field by noted folklorist Alan Lomax during his travels in Haiti and Louisiana in the 1930s.
Grammy winner and acclaimed producer/engineer Tony Daigle co-produced the record with Louisiana Folk Roots Executive Director Todd Mouton at Daigle’s Electric Comoland Studios in Lafayette, with additional recording at La Louisianne Studios. Grammy-nominated graphic designer Megan Barra created the album package, which includes song notes and transcriptions of the album’s French lyrics.
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After hitting Number 1 on the Freeform Americana Roots Chart (FAR), Yvette’s new CD jumps 20 slots on the “Weekly Top 50 Country Album Chart” complied by the Roots Music Report. Moving up from number 32 to number 12, Yvette joins company with Willie Nelson, Sturgill Simpson, Jim Lauderdale and Eric Church, just to name a few.
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Steel-guitar shaman Richard Comeaux has been part of Yvette Landry’s country aggregation for a few years, but when Landry needed a duo partner for the smaller gigs a year-and-a-half ago, playing with T-Coe (as he’s alternatively known) just clicked.
Obviously it clicks here, too, on this predominantly one-of-a-kind vintage country affair. Many of the classics, “Tennessee Waltz,” “Cold, Cold Heart” and “I Fall to Pieces,” are slowed down considerably to allow for the talents of both to be front and center, unencumbered by an otherwise full-size band.
It’s an amazingly deep album full of layered listens and focuses. On one level, steel-guitar fans will likely drool over Comeaux’s infinitively limitless technique of picks, slides, glides, rolls, growls, howls and sacred harmonics that’s almost as if he were a one-man steel-guitar convention. Listening to Comeaux’s extended solos―a rarity since most steelers are relegated to briefer rides for the ego of the vocalist―becomes a mood-altering, if not spiritual, experience.
On another level, Landry’s slightly syncopated vocal interpretations are often stunning, sometimes playful, as on “Can I Go Home with You,” and sometimes astounding, such as on the end of “A Church, a Courtroom and then Goodbye” —where she belts out, “And [pause] then [pause] goodbyeeeeeee” to the heavens.
Though this wasn’t intended to showcase any Yvette Landry material, “Memories of Clelia”—with its full-blown imagery of loaded pistols, dusty bibles and departed souls—is quite the tearjerkin’ tearjerker.
When you listen to this one, remember to keep the Kleenex close by and the box of razors out of sight.
It’s Officially Official! Mark your calendars for Friday September 19th as the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN, hosts Breaux Bridge, Louisiana’s Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux in the intimate “B Side” room. Check the Jazz Kitchen web site for ticket details; go to the “Calendar” link and that will get you there. All ticket sales are through the website; I won’t be surprised if this sells out, so don’t wait too long.
If you’ve seen Yvette and Richard in Indianapolis last year, you’re already planning to buy your tickets. If you don’t know them, check them out, THEN buy your tickets! Their latest CD, “Me and T-Coe’s Country” has gotten amazing reviews, and went straight to the top of the Freeform Americana Roots chart as Number 1! Yvette is a charming and engaging singer, song writer, and story teller, who will sing you back to a time when Country music could touch your heart and soul. And Richard Comeaux is simply one of the premier pedal steel guitar players on the planet. Together, they are not to be missed.