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Lifetime Achievement in Music Business: Steve and Cézanne Nails
December 27, 2017
Offbeat Magazine

After a car crash left musician Steve Nails paralyzed in 1984, he searched for a way to stay in music. Dockside Studio on the banks of the Vermilion River near Lafayette became his beyond-expectations plan B. During nearly 30 years of operation, the studio and its park-like setting has yielded eleven Grammy-winning projects. This year, Lost Bayou Ramblers’ made-at-Dockside Kalenda is nominated for Best Regional Roots Music Album.

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Louisiana artists who have made music at Dockside include Dr. John, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Susan Cowsill, Jon Cleary, BeauSoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Terrance Simien, Sonny Landreth, Ivan and Cyril Neville, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown and Tab Benoit.

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“Susan Cowsill is my sister,” Steve Nails said. “You can’t separate us. I’m a Cowsill. And I’m stuck in the ’60s. Happily stuck with the Grass Roots and the Cowsills.” A barefoot Susan Cowsill and her husband, drummer and bandmate Russ Broussard, staged their wedding at Dockside on the banks of the Vermilion River.

The late B.B. King recorded his Grammy-winning 1998 release, Blues on the Bayou, at Dockside. “He was like my father,” Steve Nails said. “We were very close. He gave me his guitar. I have Lucille.”

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