Press, Lafayette Travel: Songs for the Soul

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. Acadiana has raised and nurtured GRAMMY-winning artists from the French-Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers,  Zydeco master Chubby Carrier and contemporary Christian music’s Lauren Daigle to hundreds of others who create authentic music every day.

“It all starts with a song,” says Mark Falgout, music lover and owner of the legendary Blue Moon Saloon.

Hoping to inspire the creation of more great local music, Falgout founded the SOLO Songwriters Festival in 2018. The inaugural event was such a success, it’s back again this year from May 21-26.

“I wanted to add another element to the musical landscape in Lafayette,” Falgout says. “To bring in professionals from out of town and collaborate with local folks to further connections, advance their careers and really ignite Lafayette’s creative scene.”

Madison Barras