When it comes to South Louisiana music, accordions and fiddles are usually the instruments that come to mind. In Cajun and zydeco, the guitar takes a backseat, but that hasn't stopped the area from producing some of the finest players in America. On Thursday, September 13 Vermilionville will host the 2nd edition of South Louisiana Guitar Greats. This Steve Riley Production aims to put a spotlight on some of the area's known, and lesser known guitar giants.
Hub City All-Star, Roddie Romero, and nephew, Lane Mack will share the stage with blues rocker Michael Juan Nunez, and longtime Zydecajun guitarist, Freddie Pate. Also in the lineup is a not so familiar face, renowned Los Angeles studio musician, Gerry McGee. Son of Cajun fiddle legend, Dennis Mcgee, Gerry was born and raised in Eunice, LA. He eventually made his way out west and ended up recording on some of the most iconic songs of the 60s and 70s. Not only did he record with the likes of Elvis and the Monkees, but he also spent time on the road with Kris Kristopherson and was a longtime member of the Ventures. He gave merit to the saying, "big in Japan" while with the legendary "Hawaii Five-O" surf rockers.
In this week's playlist, I compiled a list of songs by all of the artists mentioned above. I added tracks from Romero's latest record with Yvette Landry, several tracks from Lane Mack some of Pate's more memorable moments with Wayne Toups. Also in the mix are a few tunes from Michael Juan's discography and some of McGee's stand out tracks. You can hear Gerry's guitar kick off the massive Monkee's hit "Last Train to Clarksville," lending his dobro skills with Elvis, and accompanying original Byrds lead singer, Gene Clark.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Monday, September 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Blue Monday Blues Jam
Jefferson St. Pub
Tuesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m.
South Louisiana Guitar Greats
Friday, September 14 at 8:30 p.m.
Rock n' Bowl
Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m.
Julie Odell, Honyock, People Museum