“We are going to offer professional development, emphasizing the importance of intellectual property, song rights, and other tools that will allow songwriters to build sustainable income to support themselves and their families. Ultimately SOLO aims to help songwriters expand both their creative legacy and their financial security.”Read More
All great musicians require a source of inspiration to draw out their inner voice. South Louisiana is that muse for many songwriters, where creativity flows out of them like the area’s fertile rivers and bayous.Read More
CREATE Lafayette and the South Louisiana Songwriters Festival are very pleased to announce that Erica Fox and Dustin Gaspard have been selected to serve as the two CREATE Songwriting Fellows and attend the 2019 SOLO Songwriting Workshop through a scholarship.Read More
In an effort to find new ways to support the Lafayette Parish music community, SOLO is adding a new industry conference this year in conjunction with the public festival featuring some of the most successful local, national and international songwriters of our time coming to Lafayette to hone their songwriting together.Read More
“The up-and-down oil and gas industry is not something we can control,” he says. “[But] a lot of our identity is tied to our music, food, and culture, so if there were some tax dollars out there that can be spent better to help diversify our economy, then that makes sense.”Read More
But for Goffin, the daughter of Carole King and Gerry Goffin, her heart and soul always harkened back to times when she was a more pure singer-songwriter and over the years her songs have become fuller, more exploratory into the seeds of emotional reactions, closer to who she was in the beginning, and her latest album showcases Goffin in prime form. Releasing on November 9th, All These Hellos shine with a pleasant afterglow song after song – from “Chinatown” with Rufus Wainwright to “Turn To Gold,” “Bridge Of Sighs” and “The Last Time I Saw My Sister.” Flowing with an uninterrupted sequence, it’s surprising to learn that some of the songs are actually older.Read More
Some would argue that life-changing might be a bit much to describe a songwriting festival but if you talk to the 2018 scholarship winners that were able to attend, many would agree.Read More
KATC's Katie Lopez is LIVE this morning with a preview of the inaugural Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop which begins today in Lafayette.Read More
On this episode of Discover Lafayette, Marc Broussard, internationally renowned singer and songwriter known for his own unique style of rhythm and blues, joins Mark Falgout, owner of Blue Moon Saloon and Guesthouse and Warehouse 535, to discuss the first annual South Louisiana Songwriters Festival & Workshop known as “SOLO” taking place in downtown Lafayette May 22 – 27, 2018.Read More
There are two halves to Lafayette’s SOLO Songwriters Festival. One is the workshop: several days of songwriters swapping war stories, collaborating and churning out new material while the sun’s out.
The other half is the stage, where the lights go up after the sun goes down and the songs are thrown into the wild. That’s the public face of the songwriter’s trade, where most of us encounter the fruits of inspiration or self-doubt.Read More
Broussard is a fan of the international and local talent gathering for the event. But the festival is also the coming out party for his new label, Artist Tone Records.Read More
by Christiaan Mader
Since the late 1980s, songwriter Ani DiFranco has made up her own rules. Her approach to songwriter is frank and naked, sometimes political, sometimes personal, always honest. For nearly three decades, she’s hammered together a self-made career in open defiance of music industry trends and conventions, brandishing her feminism and daggering upstream with a jagged punk ethos. In 1990, she launched Righteous Babe records — among the very first artist-owned labels and one of the only ones to succeed — shrugging off the corporate music machine that came calling for her talents. She released her twentieth record, Binary, in 2017. She now calls New Orleans home.Read More
Say “festival” in our music-crazed corner of the world and visions of dancing, drinking, crawfish bread bowls and Ferris wheels flood the brain. But Lafayette is hosting a festival with no funnel cakes and alligator on a stick.Read More
Songwriter Peter Case has spent a lifetime walking downtowns. He’s no homebody, he’s a “hanger outer,” he laughs, man drawn to social fabrics like a butterfly to a net.
At some point in the mid 1990s it all began to hound him, nag at him. He needed to process an unfamiliar thought.Read More
The muse gave Mary Gauthier “Mercy Now.” But it took work for her to give it to the world.
“Mercy Now” was conceived in a hotel room in Canso, Nova Scotia, one of seven in the whole maritime village. Sitting alone on the side of her bed, Mary Gauthier thought about her dad, his failing mind and their tormented relationship. She was ready to make peace.Read More
Interview with Kate Durio of the CREATE Lafayette Initiative and Mark Falgout of SOLO discussing South Louisiana's Songwriter's Festival and Workshop with Judith Meriwether of 88.7 KRVS.Read More