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
While Festival International takes center stage in Lafayette, several musicians from around Acadiana and the U.S. are getting ready for a songwriters' workshop coming to the city next month.
Published April 26, 2018Read More
Head’s up FOMO sufferers: SOLO’s live performances will be unique, diverse and feature uncommon pairings of artists gathering in Lafayette’s Freetown for a week-long songwriting celebration from May 22 to 27th, 2018.Read More
A unique event that combines the intimate, intensive, and creative songwriting process with a public-facing festival.Read More
The gathering is a collaboration between Lafayette’s CREATE initiative and the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. Lafayette was chosen for its rich culture, relaxed nature and abundance of musical talent. This combination produces an atmosphere that inspires creativity.Read More
The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation will present the workshop. The Foundation presents similar annual workshops in the UK but this is the first one to be held in the US.Read More
Marc Broussard, Zachary Richard and Mary Gauthier are among the participants in the first South Louisiana Songwriters Festival and Workshop, set for May 22-27 in Lafayette.Read More