New Orelans, LA(RushPRnews)10/06/2008–New Orleansâ€™s Susan Cowsill returns to Louisiana, fresh from a whirlwind tour through Canadian Provinces and the East Coast, to join blues favorite Tab Benoit and the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars on October 10, 11, and 12 at the Southdown Plantation in Houma. The festival is free and open to the public.
The highlight of the fifth annual festival will be a musical line-up featuring international touring artists and local music acts. The festival will also feature local cooks and chefs preparing a dynamic menu of traditional South Louisiana cuisine. Activities for children, as well as child-friendly educational programs will again be a part of the festival.
â€œMost importantly Voice of the Wetlands will focus on the great importance of the Louisiana wetlands to buffer the effects of hurricanes,â€ Cowsill says.
Cowsill, Benoit, and other musicians will focus on Louisiana’s wetland issues and solutions.
On Friday, October 12, the VOW Festival will kick off with “Six Strings Down”, an all-star guitar jam featuring John Lisi, Josh Garrett, Westbank Mike, Billy Iuso, Kujo, Brian Besse, and Steven Randall, with special guest Tab Benoit.
Susan Cowsill is scheduled to perform on Sunday afternoon.
“The music, food, coastline, wildlife, fish, game, and everything else that makes Louisiana a unique and original state is in desperate need of America’s attention and support,” said Tab Benoit in a statement. See www.voiceofthewetlands.com.
South Louisiana is currently recovering from hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Houma took a direct hit from Gustav, and although Ike hit over 300 miles west of there, Terrebonne parish suffered significant.Â Lafourche parish suffered significant damage, as well.
Cowsill will not slow down after VOV.Â Cowsillâ€™s critically acclaimed 2005 album, Just Believe It, will be re-released, remastered, and remixed before the end of the year.
Susan Cowsill will join master songwriter Jimmy Webb, Webb (â€œBy The Time I Get To Phoenix,” Wichita Lineman,” Up Up And Away,” “Macarthur Park,â€), on Friday December 5th and Saturday December 6th, at the New Orleans Songwriters Festival.
The founding sponsor of this event is The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (“ASCAP”), which has been representing songwriters, composers, and publishers since its inception some 80 years ago.
Early in 2009, Susan Cowsill will begin studio work on her new album, set for release in spring of 2009.
Meanwhile the New Orleansâ€™s favorite continues a busy tour schedule, with dates In Rhode Island, Canada, and much more to come in South Louisiana, including the critically acclaimed Covered in Vinyl (CIV) series at Carrollton Station every month.
Susan Cowsillâ€™s anthem to survivors of hurricane Katrina, Crescent City Snow, has become a worldwide phenomenon and is featured on playlists from Australia to Los Angeles. The anthem to searching for home and a place â€œwhere I know who I am,â€ has received over 23,000 hits in six months on Cowsillâ€™s webpage.
Tour dates follow, but are subject to change. Check with the venues.
Cowsill also appears on a benefit CD, Congoâ€™s Angels, with Grammy winner and fellow New Orleans artist, Irma Thomas.
Oct 12 2008: Voices of the Wetlands, Houma, Louisiana
Oct 16 2008: Industrial Bank Building ,Westerly, Rhode Island
Oct 17 2008: Private Event Â Â Â Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Oct 18 2008: Avondale Farm Preserve/Harvest festival Â Â Â Westerly, Rhode Island
Oct 24 2000: Deerfoot Inn & Casino (The Cowsills) Â Â Â Calgary, Alberta
Oct 25 2008: Dakota Dunes Casino (The Cowsills) Â Â Â Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Nov 1 2008: Pony Fest, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Nov 8 2008: Carrollton Station CIV, New Orleans, Louisiana
Nov 12 2008:Louisiana Crossroads, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Nov 13 2008: Louisiana Crossroads, Lafayette, Louisiana
Nov 14 2008: Louisiana Crossroads; New Iberia, Louisiana
Nov 15 2008: Enochâ€™s Pub, Monroe, Louisiana