Coastal's Bankston leads concert of original music from solo CD
Released earlier this year, "Galvez Town" is Bankston's homage to his Louisiana roots. The CD's 10 songs are reflections on life, love and changing times from the vantage point of a mature storyteller looking back on the people and places of his youth. The songs vary from comic ("Cornbread") to tragic ("Richie") and encompass a variety of styles, from folk-rock and pop to rhythm and blues.
Bankston has performed extensively in opera and musical theater, including leading roles in companies such as the Houston Grand Opera, Washington Opera, and New Orleans Opera. Folk, pop and rock music were his first loves, however, and Bankston began playing the guitar at 15 years old and was singing folk songs professionally by age 17.
Sam Broussard is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Lafayette, La., the heart of the Cajun bayou country. He and Bankston recorded for Capitol Records together in the 1970s and cofounded the folk-rock group Manchild. Broussard has earned acclaim from critics and fans for the wit of his lyrics, the power of his voice, and the virtuosity of his guitar playing. Currentlty the lead guitarist for Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Broussard has worked with many recording artists during his career, including Jimmy Buffet, Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil and Michael Martin Murphy. He played lead guitar on Murphy's hit single, "Wildfire," in 1975.
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