Traditional Music Program Instructors Nominated for
GRAMMYs and Best of the Beat Awards

UL Lafayette’s Traditional Music Program is honored once again to have among its ranks Grammy-nominated artists as instructors in Spring 2017, as well as those who have received nominations for OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards.

Accordionist, slide guitarist, and vocalist extraordinaire Roddie Romero directs the Angelle Aces, UL Lafayette’s Cajun ensemble and is nominated for two Grammy awards this year. He and Eric Adcock are nominated for Best American Roots Song for the title track of Gulfstream, the album for which Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars are nominated in the Regional Roots category.

Also nominated for the Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music Album is UL Lafayette’s new songwriting teacher, Sam Broussard, who co-wrote and performed with Professor Emeritus Barry Jean Ancelet on their album, Broken Promised Land. Broussard has previously worked with the traditional music program on campus twice as an artist in residence, with the songwriting class (2012) and as guitarist with Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (2013).

And if that is not enough recognition, New Orleans’ OffBeat Magazine nominated Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars Gulfstream for Album of the Year and “Gulfstream” for song of the year, for Best Cajun Artist, and for Best Cajun Album. Additionally, Romero is nominated for Best Accordionist. Barry Jean Ancelet and Sam Broussard also picked up a Best Cajun Album nomination from OffBeat.

Nathan Williams, Jr is nominated for Best Zydeco Artist from OffBeat for their Best of the Beat awards. Williams directs the Zydeco Ragin’ Steppers, UL Lafayette’s zydeco ensemble. And in the Best Violin/Fiddle Player category, Kevin Wimmer, UL fiddle class instructor is one of the nominees.

Winners of the Best of the Beat Awards will be announced on January 19th and the GRAMMYs will be awarded on February 12th. Students and faculty alike will be rooting for our instructors.

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Spring 2017 Course Offerings

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The Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at UL Lafayette sponsors a curriculum that gives student musicians, who learn by ear, an opportunity to improve their craft in styles such as Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass; to develop an academic foundation in music; and to become advocates for their culture. Each year, several high-profile artists come to campus to teach hands-on music classes for credit, while others visit classes occasionally or as featured artists in residence.

B.A. in Music with a Concentration in Traditional Music

Visit the UL Lafayette and School of Music websites to learn about the Traditional Music Curriculum.

If you are interested in becoming a traditional music major, contact Dr. DeWitt.


The mission of the Dr. Tommy Comeaux Endowed Chair in Traditional Music at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to stimulate interdisciplinary research on the foundations and diversity of traditional music worldwide and to advance the preservation, instruction, and performance of traditional music with an emphasis on traditions that have developed in Acadiana. The program began in the Fall of 2010. It is now possible to earn a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Traditional Music as well as a Music Minor with a Traditional Music emphasis. New classes and programs continue to be developed with involvement from musicians in the community.

For more information, please contact:

Mark DeWitt
337-482-1020
dewitt@louisiana.edu