SOLO is back after a very successful first year with an even more impressive lineup of artists than before. The 5 day songwriters workshop and festival put on by the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation will kick things off with a big bang on Wednesday evening at Warehouse 535. An iconic figure in English pub rock and punk will be joined by two of the most notable names in swamp pop. The South Louisiana Songwriters Festival continues Thursday evening with Songs Over Style, a showcase of celebrated musicians from drastically different music scenes. I'm highlighting these two shows for this edition of Lafayette Weekly to get you prepared for this week's celebration of song.

Having reached international success as house producer for Stiff Records and as a performer on his own, Nick Lowe's 5 decade career hasn't slowed down a bit. The 70 year old British singer/songwriter recently released a brand new EP and is busy promoting it with a tour of America. After leaving the influential roots rock group Brinsley Schwartz in 1975, Lowe released his first solo album Jesus of Cool, an eclectic rock/pop album that spawned his UK hit "I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass".  Towards the end of the New Wave era Nick moved back to a style similar to a similar sound to the music he made with Brinsley Schwartz. Even though Lowe became widely known to be consistently witty with his words, he has also received acclaim on his introspective lyrics with mature themes. Much like legendary songwriter John Prine, Nick can sneak a joke in a sad song when needed. 

Having produced Elvis Costello's first 5 records along with other classics including The Damned's debut and "Stop Your Sobbing" by the Pretenders, Lowe has been recognized as one of pop music most celebrated producers. Through the years his songs have been covered and gained success by other artists including Wilco, Dion, and even our very own Johnny Allan. Costello's take on "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love and Understanding" became one of the biggest hits of his career and helped turn the song into a modern standard with other versions done by Steve Earle, The Flaming Lips and Soundgarden's Chris Cornell. 

Two staples of South Louisiana rock n' roll, Tommy McLain and C.C. Adcock have been collaborators for nearly 30 years. McLain appeared on Adcock's debut album with a duet on  "Done Most Everything" and the two went on to write "Memories" for the Lil Band o' Gold's classic The Promised Land. Tommy was an honorable member of the swamp pop supergroup led by C.C. and would perform with the band often in Louisiana and abroad. The duo are currently working on a new album for the Cajun crooner with Adcock acting as producer and will play together Wednesday night opening for Nick Lowe.

C.C. Adcock will be back on the same stage the following night curating his second Songs Over Style showcase. Last year the swamp rocker assembled an impressive line-up of performers that included Ani Difranco, zydeco superstar Keith Frank, and his old buddy Tommy McLain. Thursday night's songwriters circle will feature Lafayette guitar hero Sonny Landreth, New Orleans piano giant Jon Cleary, husband and wife organ driven punk duo Quintron and Miss Pussycat, and local r&b hitmaker Cupid. Adcock along with English rocker Jamie N. Commons and acclaimed folk singer Mary Gauthier will also share their songs and stories for the interview and performance presentation. 

For this week's mixtape I'm featuring all of the artists mentioned above in an extended playlist to help get you up to prepped for these two extraordinary nights of song. You'll hear several tracks from Lowe including an acoustic version of his classic "What's So Funny Bout Peace Love and Understanding", the Johnny Cash inspired "Beast in Me", his most recent single "Love Starvation". Also in the mix are a few from Tommy McLain and C.C. Adcock and selections from each artists performing for Songs Over Style including "Do It With Your Boots On (Zydeco Remix)" by Cupid, "Congo Square" by Sonny Landreth, and Quintron's cover of Keith Frank's decade long regional hit "Haterz".

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Live music in Lafayette this week

Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00pm
Nick Lowe with Tommy McLain and C.C. Adcock
Warehouse 535

Thursday, May 23 at 7:00pm
Songs Over Style
Warehouse 535

Friday, May 24 at 9:30pm
R.J. & Zydeco Smoove
Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, May 25 at 10:00pm
Feufollet plus Cedric Watson Trio
Artmosphere

Saturday, May 25 at 9:00pm
SOLO presents Caleb Elliot, Grand Nathaniel and Sailor Mouth
Blue Moon Saloon

Saturday, May 25 at 8:00pm
Eyehategod, Phobia, Capra and Pale Misery
Freetown Boom Boom Room