One might call south Louisiana a Grammy Award nod goldmine. In its 11th year, Evangeline Parish-based Valcour Records is celebrating its eighth Grammy Award nomination with its four-disc boxed set, "I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in Evangeline Country."
The collection was nominated for Best Regional Roots Music Album. The Grammy nomination is one of four for Acadiana musicians this year.
Valcour's boxed set began three years ago with a book tour by co-producer Josh Caffery, who authored "Traditional Music in Coastal Louisiana: The 1934 Lomax Recordings."
A handful of musicians, including co-producer and one of Valcour Records' founders Joel Savoy, were invited to perform songs featured in the book.
"Josh and several friends and I got together and played some of these songs and one day while we were doing it, I said 'Man, we should just get a record of all of these things,'" Savoy said.
This is Savoy's 10th Grammy nomination.
"We started out with this idea that we were just going to record a handful of songs with just three or four different people, but quickly it spiraled out of control," Savoy said. "People started hearing about it, and they were like 'Hey, I want to do this song.' We ended up having over 30 different artists on the whole project. We did 24 songs. It just grew so fast, and we didn't want to stop because we were having so much fun."
Artists featured in the collection include Zachary Richard, Roddie Romero, Marc Broussard, Kelli-Jones Savoy, Michael Doucet, Megan Brown, Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson.
Romero's new album with the Hub City All Stars titled "Gulfstream" has also been nominated this year for Best Regional Roots Album. Other local nominees include Barry Ancelet and Sam Broussard for their album "Broken Promised Land" in the Best Regional Roots Album category as well. Singer Lauren Daigle was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for "Trust in You."
The Best Regional Roots Grammy nomination for "Rediscovering Lomax" came as a welcomed, but unexpected, honor for Savoy and Caffery, both said.
"I was kind of surprised since it was sort of an eclectic project," Caffery said. "The music isn't exactly Cajun or zydeco. It's not any particular sort of music. I didn't know if it would fit into any identifying niche. I really wasn't even kind of entertaining that it would be nominated. It's a nice surprise."
Across the bridge in Baton Rouge, Kenny Neal also picked up a nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for "Bloodline." Neal was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge. A fixture in the Capital City blues scene, Neal is known for his swamp pop take on blues. In 1999, Neal was nominated in the same category for his work on the album, "A Tribute to Howlin' Wolf." Just five years ago, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.
The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.