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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