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"Meet La Recolte, a Cajun band that you’ve probably never heard. But that’ll change soon.

The Lafayette-based band just returned from eight gigs in seven days in Maine and Canada. Several shows were part of Congrès Mondial Acadien, the gathering of thousands Acadians from across the world.

La Recolte played to capacity crowds and sold out of copies of their lone CD, “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”

While on tour, the band’s accordionist, Shane Bellard, received a call from home in the middle of the night. But the news was good. The band had won Best First CD honors at the Cajun French Music Association’s annual Le Cajun awards.

La Recolte is French for “the harvest.” The band, which has only been playing for two years, is enjoying a bumper crop. Their debut CD of Cajun standards, such as “Petite Ou La Grosse,” “Chere Tout Tout” and “Pine Grove Blues,” has been receiving reviews from as far as the Netherlands.

Dutch radio host Piet Ribbers described the 10-song disc as “easy to listen to, and very important, it’s beautiful.”

The band’s Canadian tour is actually their second since June 2013. The group has a busy fall with upcoming shows Saturday at the Summer Music Series Regatta Restaurant in Lake Arthur, Sunday at Vermilionville, Sept. 25 at the Petroleum Club and Sept. 28 at the Sun City Ballroom in Austin, Texas.

Le Recolte features a diverse mix of ages, ranging from fiddler Jourdan Thibodeaux, 24, to 64-year-old guitarist Learlin “L. J.” Bellard, Shane’s father.

The band is committed to playing traditional Cajun music for the next generation. Ironically, one of their biggest challenges is being noticed at home, the cradle of Cajun French music."



"AUTHENTIC !  This is the word that describes the most LA RÉCOLTE CAJUN BAND to me.  Having hired them three times to perform for various audiences in Louisiana and Canada, I can attest ... they play truly AUTHENTIC CAJUN MUSIC, in AUTHENTIC Cajun French which is guarantee for AUTHENTIC Cajun FUN!"


"AUTHENTIQUE!   C'est le mot qui décrit le mieux le groupe LA RÉCOLTE de la Louisiane.  Les ayant embauché à trois reprises pour des prestations en Acadie et en Louisiane, je les recommande fortement pour leur musique AUTHENTIQUE Acadienne de la Louisiane en vieux français cajun AUTHENTIQUE. En leur compagnie, vous passerez une soirée AUTHENTIQUE aux airs des bayous du sud."


Claude Boudreau,

Directeur général / Director

Société du Monument-Lefebvre, le site Acadien de la renaissance acadienne 

 The Acadian Renaissance site in New-Brunswick, Canada

“La Recolte, Who's Gonna Fill their Shoes... Let me begin by saying that the music and the actual talent on stage for a band is only part of the battle to get noticed. And, some very talented folks go unknown for many years. Luckily for LaRecolte they learned that getting your name in front of people is the most important thing a young band can do. With their album “Who's going to Fill Their Shoes…”, they take you on a tour of the past and it makes you think; who's Gonna fill their shoes? I have had the pleasure of playing and working with the guys that are La Recolte. Foot tappin' Dancin Good Time is what you can expect when you see and watch La Recolte.”


Eric C. White

Air Personality, The Sound of Acadiana

Bayou 106.7, Lafayette, LA



"Often it’s difficult to criticize Cajun albums because it’s usually retained the old traditional style.

But sometimes it’s most interesting to discover new dimensions in this music,and on

 this album I’ll find it.Several beautiful vocals are accompanied by the traditional sound from

accordion, fiddle and guitar mated to the solid background of bass and drums.

This is what it makes this album so special. It proves that the Cajun music is contemporary

and it can be made accessible to the general public. I respect a band like “La Recolte” because

they, after only 1 year playing together, play this kind of music so well. It’s very, definitely worth

it to buy this album because it’s easy to listen to, and very important, it’s beautiful."



One of the newest Cajun music bands to enter the scene is the band La Recolte.  I first had the pleasure of meeting this fine group at a Mardi Gras dance in Port Arthur, TX.  After, listening and dancing to their music, I waited none-so patiently I might add, for the release of their first CD, entitled “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”.

La Recolte means The Harvest.  This group of generationally talented musicians, have harvested the Cajun favorite songs, staying true to the traditional sounds of Cajun dances from years gone by.

As a group, La Recolte stays true to our Cajun roots and authenticity.  Individually, Chris LaFleur, Shane Bellard, Jourdan Thibodeaux, L.J. Bellard & Polo Borel are the most humble, appreciative  & enthusiastic musicians you will ever encounter.

Gloria Roy

Cajun Music Radio Personality

The Cajun Express, KAYD in Beaumont, TX