The Revelers are feeling really cool after their 2014 CD, “Get Ready,” was nominated for the Best Regional Roots Album Grammy. Nominees were unveiled Monday and winners will be revealed Feb. 15 at the 58th Grammys in Los Angeles.
The Revelers were the lone Lafayette-area band nominated. But they extend the streak to nine years that a local band has been a Grammy nominee or winner. All winners from the four-year-old Regional Roots category have been from Louisiana.
The Revelers have a chance to extend that streak, along with funk and R&B pianist Jon Cleary of New Orleans and his “Go Go Juice” CD, recorded at the award-winning Dockside Studio in Maurice. Other Regional Roots nominees include Hawaiian artists Natalie Ai Kamauu (“La La La La”) and Keali’I Reichel (“Kawaiokalena “) and the Native American group Windwalker and the MCW (“Generations”).
The Revelers earn their nomination for an all-original, 11-song CD that opens with a rocking zydeco number in French, “Toi, Tu Veux Pus de Moi (You Don’t Want Me Anymore).” The disc continues with a variety that includes Cajun waltzes and two steps, swamp pop ballads, blues and Tex Mex-seasoned tunes.
The Revelers have only been together four years. But Fields, Miller, Daniel Coolik, Chas Justus and Eric Frey spent time in the Red Stick Ramblers, a Cajun and western swing band that broke up in 2013 after a 14-year run.
Lafayette native Lauren Daigle’s CD, “How Can it Be,” was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
In October, Daigle was the toast of the 46th annual Dove Awards, sponsored by the Gospel Music Association. She claimed New Artist of the Year honors. Her Top 10 Christian hit, “How Can it Be,” won Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year.
Daigle’s “How Can It Be” video has more than 8 million views on YouTube. Other Daigle videos, such as “First” and an acoustic rendition of “How Great Thou Art,” has millions of views, giving her more than 27 million views and climbing.
“First” also reached No. 1 on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart, the first chart-topping single for Daigle and her record label, Centricity Music.