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Marce Lacouture



Biography

Marce Lacouture began singing professionally in Austin folk and rock bands and in 1984 formed a duo with legendary singer/songwriter Butch Hancock. Together they recorded two fine collaborative albums, Yella Rose and Cause of the Cactus. They often shared stages with such genre-defying friends as Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Marcia Ball. Marce’s voice has had an impact on many, including British author Nick Hornby, who describes a transformative night of music by Marce and Butch in his 2002 book Songbook. The 1980s also found Marce heading to Louisiana to explore her Cajun heritage. Her search led to a years-long apprenticeship with traditional Louisiana French ballad singers Lula Landry and Inez Catalon. Marce's ability to bring alive the ancient ballads and home traditions passed to her makes her a sought after performer and teacher of the musical ancestor of today’s Cajun dance music. Her first solo recording, La Joie Cadienne (Cajun Joy), is a loving tribute to her mentors. Though La Joie Cadienne reflects the French music of South Louisiana, Marce's performance history with Austin bands Jubilee, Jubilation, Butch Hancock and Rue La-La and Louisiana groups, Veillée, Isabeau, and the Nouveau String Band, is an eclectic mix of styles in both French and English. Marce is equally at home singing at prestigious festivals and concert halls,for intimate house concerts or in a university classroom. Whether singing, teaching or hosting her very popular weekly public radio show, Lacouture Lagniappe, (which can be heard every Tuesday, 1-2pm CST, streaming live on www.KRVS.org), Marce's infectious style never fails to provide her audience with memorable moments.
Marce Lacouture