Yvette Landry Band
Musician. Author. Educator. Interpreter. That's a lot of different hats for one person to wear; yet Yvette seems to be making it work.
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.