Mary Tutwiler

Grammy nominees announced

by Mary Tutwiler

January can’t come quick enough for  a handful of Cajun and Zydeco musicians.

Five albums:

Alligator Purse, Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet

Lay Your Burden Down, Buckwheat Zydeco

Stripped Down, The Magnolia Sisters

Live At 2009 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Pine Leaf Boys

L’Ésprit Créole, Cedric Watson et Bijou Créole

have been nominated for best album in the Zydeco-Cajun Grammy category. The 52 Annual Grammy Awards telecast, on CBS takes place January 31.

Other Acadiana nominees and connections are Lafayette’s CC Adcock, with four tracks on the True Blood Season One Soundtrack, which has been nominated under the category of Best Compilation Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media in the field of Film/TV/Visual Media, and Larry Klein, producer of the song Acadian Driftwood on Zachary Richard’s Last Kiss album, for Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical.

The day before the Grammys, A Night of Louisiana Music, a showcase for Louisiana musicians as well as a fund raiser to help support travel costs for the evening’s performers nominated as part of the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, will debut at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

This collaborative project produced by Louisiana Music Partners is set for Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. Past performers have included artists nominated in a variety of categories along with numerous nominees for the Grammy’s Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album award. The third annual night of music, networking and fun will once again shine the spotlight on this Louisiana-originated category.

Louisiana Music Partners are: Cynthia Simien of 965 Music Group and MusicMatters, Inc.; Johnny Palazzotto of Pal Productions; Todd Mouton of Louisiana Crossroads and Louisiana Folk Roots; and Lisa Stafford of Festival International de Louisiane.

For more information on A Night of Louisiana Music contact Todd Mouton , 233-7060

For a list of all the Grammy nominees, like Beyoncé, leading the pack with 10 nominations, click here.