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Re: Yvette Landry: No Man's Land CD Review
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 06:33:43 AM »
This lady definitely has STAR quality.  We are adding all of her songs on this CD to KWBC.FM's 24-7 Playlist.
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Biography:
Yvette Landry grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, not far from the levees of the Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swampland. It was in and around that swamp where she learned to hunt, fish, ride horses, dance, understand French, and tell stories.

After earning a master’s degree in education and developing a successful teaching career, she began telling stories through song. The songs were a hit, and so was Yvette. Playing a variety of instruments in several Cajun bands, Yvette also fronts her own band.

Her debut award-winning album titled “Should Have Known” was released in 2010. Over the past several years, Yvette has traveled the world and played countless cultural festivals from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in New York. She toured Russia in 2012 and served as a Cultural Ambassador on behalf of the Library of Congress to perform at the Festival of Traditional American Music.

By day, Yvette is an educator, teaching American Sign Language and Song Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Yvette is also a private homeschool teacher and she has also taught bass, guitar, accordion and vocals at camps such as Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Voice Works @ Centrum, Ashoken Fiddle and Dance Camp, Cajun/Creole Week @ Augusta Heritage Center and Louisiana Folk Roots Camp.

By night, Yvette is a musician/singer and she continues to tour worldwide as a multi-instrumentalist in several bands including Bonsoir Catin, Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Balfa Toujours, Trop Canaille, Marais Bouleur and Frisson. She has performed with the Red Stick Ramblers, Pine Leaf Boys, Walter Mouton, Steve Riley, David Greely, Dirk Powell, Donna the Buffalo, Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, Carol McComb, John Lilly, Geraldine Gay and Darrell Scott and many more.

Most recently, Yvette has just co-produced her new CD titled, “No Man’s Land” with a host of friends lending a helping hand – Bill Kirchen, Cindy Cashdollar, Geno Delafose, Dirk Powell, Richard Comeaux, and Joel Savoy just to name a few. And, if that’s not enough, Yvette recently published her first children’s book, The Ghost Tree. Yvette’s childhood experiences contribute to a tale that’s rich with the intrigue and adventure that only the Louisiana swamps can provide.

Musician. Author. Educator. Interpreter. Stay tuned….

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Yvette Landry: No Man's Land CD Review
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2013, 05:45:33 AM »

Although she's from Cajun country and often performs with Bonsoir Catin, The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Balfa Toujours, on this outing Yvette Landry is more Kitty Wells than Christine Balfa. With the exception of the funky Zydceo offering “Yeah, You Right!,”  a wild fling with Geno Delafose on accordion and drums, Lil' Buck Senegal on guitar and Eric Adcock on Hammond C-3,  almost everything else on No Man's Land is  '50s-style country. But as presented by Landry, there's nothing wrong with that.

“Dog House Blues” is an interesting conglomeration of western swing fiddle from '12's Louisiana State Fiddle Champ Beau Thomas ' and '50s country era pedal steel courtesy of Richard Comeaux (Lil' Band O' Gold, River Road,) overlaid by Landry's twang, sounding more Texas than Louisiana.

Landry's half spoken word “Butterfly Kisses” sounds like Kitty Wells backed by Comeaux's weepy pedal steel and Thomas' low country fiddle.

“I walked into a barroom just to ease the pain,” Landry croons on her original “Three Chords and A Bottle,” that sounds like a vintage honky-tonk drinking song. “You can always count on Patsy/ to help you see the light,” she moans. “3 chords and a bottle is all I need tonight.”

Steel guitarist/dobroist extraordinaire Cindy Cashdollar steps up on  “What I'm Thinking” to punctuate Landry's lament that her soon to be ex beloved is leavin' but when she catches up to him that sumbitch gonna wish he wuz dead.

Landry dishes out more death wishes along  with a Cajun fiddle infusion from Betse Ellis on “I'd Love To Lay You Down.” This ain't no love song, but a fervent prayer that she can lay down her sleeping around spouse who's been a-layin' all the women in town. “About 6 feet under the ground sounds good to me,” she says of her desire to place him in a house with no windows, a marble roof and an inscription out front for all the world to see that his cheatin' days are done.

Despite all the cheatin' and drinkin' and threats of mayhem, No Man's Land sounds like it was as much fun to make as it is to listen to. You can party with it, drown your sorrows to it, and get up and dance if you can still stand up after all the boozin' and foolin' around. Its well worth the trip if you can just survive the journey.

By Grant Britt


Comment by photo cowboy

    this review is spot on - Ms Landry is one of the most distinctive female voices in country music today writing and singing songs that sound as if they were written for Patsy and Loretta yet with the eye of a modern no nonsense woman who has a sense of humor and knows just how to make the man feel the most pain without a touch of sadism - a great voice singing and it is equally as strong in the writing of the songs she is to sing - and the musicians on the disc are fantastic - why isn't this woman a star??

Comment by Daniel Espinosa
    @ "cowboy photo": Why indeed is Ms. Landry not a start? She's paying her dues, playing nightly in her hometown, or on the road regionally and nationally. She's even been to Europe! As you can tell, I'm wishing her the best... Go see her while her tickets are still cheap!

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