Sky on Blue
Three Texas songwriters -- sprung from the rich soil of American roots -- converge on the road to Louisiana. Mark Viator, Jane Gillman, and Marce Lacouture, take new and old, melody and backbeat, English and French, and create a sound that is at once exuberant and ethereal. Voices glide, paired, like sisters. Musical and narrative images unfold, side by side. The fluttering call of the harmonica, the earthy response of the slide guitar, suggest the traditional Cajun pairing of accordion /fiddle, then follow a different path. The mountain dulcimer, slung over the shoulder, churns. The triangle rings in syncopated time. Sky On Blue brings to life passionate tales from Rue La-La's musical journey - waking to the beauty of a Louisiana morning; a fais do-do among the cypresses; two-stepping in a hall crammed with friends, family, and simmering gumbo pots; wisdom passed along from past generations. Somewhere between the plain-spoken images of Texas and the joyful rhythms of Louisiana lies Rue La-La's own brand of grace with grit. These folks have shared the stage with Sonny Landreth, toured French Canada, played the Kerrville Folk Festival and many venues around central Texas. 'Top 10 Pick, 2000' ... David John, Chicken Skin Music, KTRU, Houston.