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Lost Bayou Ramblers wins 12th Grammy for Acadiana studio

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The Lost Bayou Ramblers are back in Louisiana, one day after winning their first Grammy award.

Their latest album, "Kalenda" won in the "Best Regional Roots Album" category.

"It's another hometown artist does good. It's fabulous that we can bring a Grammy back to Acadiana," said Steve Nails who opened Dockside Studio in 1989 with his wife, Cezenne.

The studio is a hidden, yet well- known, gem on the Vermilion River in Maurice.

"We do it word-of-mouth out here. Dockside Studio is strictly word-of-mouth. From Europe to Africa to Norway, United States, everywhere," said Nails.

BB King, Irma Thomas, Arcade Fire, Scarlett Johansson are among the world-famous performers who have passed through the halls of Dockside.

The studio has recorded 12 Grammy-winning albums, incuding one by an Acadiana artist that was awarded Sunday night.

"The Lost Bayou Ramblers, let me tell you about the Lost Bayou Ramblers. They dotted their I's, they crossed their T's. They did all of their homework. They put in so many hours. This Grammy is well deserved," said Nails who has worked closely with the Cajun band.

"It's an honor to be there and come down and bring attention to Louisiana and the music and the culture that's here," said Andre Michot, as the band landed in the New Orleans airport.

And the band says the sound of "Kalenda" comes from the long nights of experimenting in Dockside Studio.

"A lot of old vintage microphones but the ambiance is a very modern experimental approach to recording and you put the two together and you get 'Kalenda' by the Lost Bayou Ramblers," said Eric Heigle who is a part of the band and engineered the album.

When Steve Nails and his wife opened the studio back in 1989 they had no idea this place would collect so many awards and they say their secret to success is simple.

"We had to make the inside competitive with Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. That's why all my equipment is world class," said the studio owner.

It's equipment like his 1970s "neve" sound board.

"The left side recorded 'Eye of the Tiger' by Survivor, you know that song. And the right side, 'Science' by Thomas Dolby so it's got history. Me and the board are one," said Nails.

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