A year ago, Lagniappe introduced the Azalea City to a young singer-songwriter named Courtney Mason. Her debut album (“Love Like Water”) was filled with sweet, mellow vocals and impressive acoustic work.

Now, Mason has a new project that is quite the departure from her solo work. Mason has joined the ranks of the band Eleanor. Eleanor features Mason on bass/vocals, Christian Hilly on guitar/vocals and Trevor Bennett on drums. The band pulls its moniker from the name that two of the members’ grandmothers share.


“Canyon” is the first single from Eleanor’s debut album “The Canyons.” The band exhibits a knack for modern indie rock, with equal amounts of acoustic and electric elements. Eleanor also exhibits an amazing amount of sonic depth with layers of sound stretching throughout the songs.

This trio wants to give the world more of their original sounds, which were recorded at the University of Mobile’s Fisher-Brewer Studio and Jada Recording Studio in LoDa. As with most bands, financing this project is an issue. Eleanor is in the process of finding financial support through the philanthropic Kickstarter website. The support that Eleanor receives from Kickstarter will go to mastering and duplicating the album as well as for band merchandise.

Pirate’s Cove to raise funds to assist autistic children

Situated in the lazy by-waters of Josephine, Ala., Pirate’s Cove is the capital of good times during the summer months. However, the Pirate’s Cove riff-raff is also known for partying in the name of charity.

Pirates Cove

Each year, this watering hole holds their Illuminating Autism FUN-raiser with this year’s event taking place on June 6-8. Proceeds from this event are donated to the non-profit organization High Hopes 4 Autism. This group of charitable individuals is dedicated to assisting autistic children as well as their parents.

As always, an actual piece of pirate booty (taken from the wreck of the El Cazador) will be raffled. There will also be a draw-down for a 2014 Jeep.

Music always highlights this weekend. On Friday, Willie Sugartrapp will be entertaining the crowd. A variation of the local favorite Willie Sugarcapps, this band will be made up of Anthony & Savana Crawford, Will Kimbrough and Guthrie Trapp.

The Perdido Brothers, Rollin’ in the Hay and Big Muddy & the King Size Boogiemen will be performing on Saturday. The event will finish on Sunday with performances from Delta Reign and Stolen Faces.

This event is still looking for volunteers, and anyone interested should visit the High Hopes 4 Autism website.