When The Revelers’ fiddler Daniel Coolik talks about the Lafayette band’s Grammy nomination, you can sense his grin over the phone.
“I think we were all definitely surprised and happy,” Coolik said. “What I’ve come to realize is that we just go out and play gigs. We were all just happy to know people noticed that.”
The Revelers’ “Get Ready” is the band’s first Grammy nomination in the best regional roots music album category. The Revelers will compete against New Orleanian Jon Cleary for the trophy.
The past two years, Lafayette artists The Band Courtbouillon (Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Wilson Savoy) and Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience have won in the category.
Can The Revelers make it three years in a row?
Coolik whistles in reply.
“I don’t know,” he said. “Jon Cleary is very well-known. I’m sticking with the no expectations outlook. If it happens, it happens. That’s just me, though.”
Humble as he may be, Coolik and the band have had a steady run since arriving on the scene with its 2012 eponymous debut. The band mixes a little bit of all those classic Louisiana sounds into its mix of original tunes.
“If there was a Venn diagram of Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop, we would be where all three of those genres meet,” Coolik said. “The only thing we really discuss when writing a song is if the groove is right for people to dance.”
And the people have been dancing, not only in Louisiana.
Since releasing “Get Ready” in May, the band has averaged two weeks on the road per month. The Revelers have taken trips to the Carolinas, Colorado and even Anchorage, Alaska.
“Because we are on the road so much, we have places that almost feel like home,” Coolik said.
That Anchorage gig last year, though, stood out.
“We played a Wednesday night gig, and it’s sold out,” he said. “We were like, ‘Do they know it’s us?’ ”
That’s not to say The Revelers aren’t a known entity within the Lafayette scene. Members of the band were the prime igniters of the city’s Blackpot Festival, which celebrated its 10th year at Vermilionville in October.
Around Festival Acadiens et Créoles and Festival International, you’ll probably see The Revelers pop up for a show every now and then, too, if they aren’t playing those festivals’ main stages.
“Playing in Lafayette, it always feels like our homecoming,” Coolik said. “Unlike a lot of our friends who are in bands, we don’t play in town as much. But it’s always a really nice show.
“It’s amazing — people in Lafayette, they support their local music way more than any other bands. And they’ll go out and see that same band every week.” The live shows are endless for The Revelers, so it seems.
With the nomination, the band will be in Los Angeles this weekend, playing gigs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Directly after the Grammys, they’ll head to the Midwest for a string of gigs. Then, it’s back to work on recording a follow-up.
“We’ve been talking about putting out another volume of swamp pop classics,” Coolik said. “We’ve been playing about five new original tunes. The songs are definitely starting to materialize.”
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