The singer Marce Lacouture will perform at the Library of Congress (PDF press release) in Washington, D.C. on June 23, 2010 at noon.  Her super backup includes David Greely on fiddle and Kristi Guillory on accordion.  Greely is best known for his work as a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys.  Guillory recorded two CDs for Swallow records, dropped out of performing for a time, and came back as a member of Bonsoir, Catin and the Lafayette Rhythm Devils.

Her solo CD, La Joie Cadienne, is available through her web site.  It features many wonder musicians, including Sonny Landreth.  It ranges from a capella to full-on Cajun rock.  Lacouture hosts a weekly show on KRVS-FM in Lafayette Tuesdays at 1:00 pm Central Time US.   It’s available live through KRVS online stream.  She’s got a new CD, the Nouveau String Band with Marce Lacouture.  The track list looks like thirties-style string music, with some Cajun and French music added.   She has a lovely voice and an enthusiasm for traditional music.

More info on Lacouture and her career from LSU-Eunice.  Lacouture learned ballad singing from Inez Catalon and Lula Landry, both found on the Swallow LP J’Ete Au Bal, unfortunately out of print and never released as a CD.   The new Louisiana Crossroads 2-CD set Women’s Home Music does have tracks from both singers.

A capella lullaby Ga Line Ga Lo from La Joie Cadienne: