Saturday, May 25 2013 7:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:18:04 GMT
The Lake Arthur Regatta brought in many people to enjoy the music, food and fun, especially boaters out on the lake. But it's all about keeping this fun time a safe one. "We'll have around 200 volunteersMore >>
Keeping an eye on those having fun on the water. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:20:27 GMT
For a family in Lake Charles, one phone call changed everything. The aftermath of the Moore, Okla. tornado revealed the loss of a loved one. One of the children who died at a school destroyed by the tornadoMore >>
A family in Lake Charles mourns the loss of a young relative in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.
Friday, May 24 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:43:00 GMT
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for a bank robbery suspect. The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon. Investigators say a black male subjectMore >>
The Vernon Bank branch on Colony Boulevard in New Llano was robbed Thursday afternoon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:33 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:33:22 GMT
A kindergartner at T.S. Cooley Elementary Magnet School in Lake Charles read 875 books in one school year. Sophia Moss is 5-years-old and she loves to read. "A lot of the days I read books. It's justMore >>
Sophia loves to read. She even wrote her own book and did her book report on it! And even though she's just beginning her academic career, it's only the beginning of her story.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:24 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:24:38 GMT
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort. In Westlake, people from all over Southwest Louisiana donated items for the tornado victims. It all started with one manMore >>
Southwest Louisiana is doing its part in the Oklahoma tornado recovery effort.More >>
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The name Joel Sonnier is a familiar one if you're a fan of Louisiana music. After decades in the business, Sonnier is still busy recording songs. He calls it "Americajun," a blending of American country and Cajun music. Sonnier says one of his first influences was hearing a country music singer perform at a local nightspot.
"The first country entertainer that I ever was introduced to do on stage was the great George Jones,' said Sonnier. "I heard a lot of artists on the radio, watched them on TV. But to watch a performer dead-on was wow!"
Born in Rayne in 1946, Sonnier has recorded 32 albums with 5 of them nominated for a Grammy. He spent his early years listening to others around him.
"I just was soaking it up and listening more in the country side. I got to listening to the great Ray Price, Buck Owens and Glen Campbell. I still fused them with my accordion."
Sonnier slowly started gaining recognition in the music industry.
"I finally got brought in by RCA records with a song called ‘Tear Stained Letter' and we did ‘Come on Joe.' We went on tour working with Alabama and Charlie Daniels."
In the last few years, Jo-el Sonnier has performed in England and in Caribbean Cruises. He's currently in the studio recording two more albums.