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Lost Bayou Ramblers

Musicians / Band

MUSIC GENRE:
Music Note
  • Cajun
  • Rock
INSTRUMENTS:
Trumpet
  • Accordion
  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Fiddle/Violin
  • Guitar
  • Vocal

The Lost Bayou Ramblers inflect traditional acoustic Cajun music with a contemporary hipster’s punk rock energy, and the Grammy-winning group is a favorite at home in Louisiana and around the world.

Fiddler Louis Michot (pronounced ME-show) and his brother, accordionist and lap steel guitarist Andre Michot, formed the Lost Bayou Ramblers in 1999, along with Korey Richey on bass, Johnny Campos on guitar, and Eric Heigle on drums. Band members hail from points around Lafayette and New Orleans, Louisiana, and they perform and record predominantly in Cajun French.

Energetic performances and infectious music - ranging from rare Cajun tunes to the White Stripes - soon earned the Lost Bayou Ramblers popularity far beyond Cajun country and the Crescent City. They’ve toured the world, as headliners and in support of major powerhouses like Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes. Rock superstar Jack White featured the group on his “American Epic” documentary series, and they were key contributors to the musical score for the 2012 Oscar-nominated film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

The Lost Bayou Ramblers have had a string of recording successes, beginning with their 2001 debut, “Pilette Breakdown,” released on the venerable Swallow label. They earned their first Grammy nomination with “Live: A La Blue Moon,” released in 2007. Several albums later, their 2017 release, “Kalenda,” took home the Grammy for Best Regional Roots recording. They’ve recorded with a diverse array of artists, ranging from Dr. John to Scarlett Johansson. In 2019 the band celebrated its 20th anniversary with the release of “Asteur,” a live CD and DVD, and as stars of the rockumentary “On Va Continuer,” by Bruno Doria.
 

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