Lost Bayou Ramblers
Lost Bayou Ramblers’ evolution as a perversely progressive band rooted in Cajun traditions continues to excite, challenge, and redefine both genre expectations as well as cultural preconceptions. Their Jack White produced performance in the 2017 documentary series and on the accompanying record release “American Epic” helped solidify Lost Bayou Ramblers’ reputation as one of the world’s finest traditional Cajun outfits, if one of the least orthodox. With eight albums, a Grammy nomination, contributions to the score of the Oscar-nominated “Beasts Of The Southern Wild,” and tours with both Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes, the group continues to swing wide from their Louisiana home base.
Lost Bayou Ramblers was formed in 1999 by brothers Andre and Louis Michot, performing the roots Cajun music they learned as members of Les Frères Michot, the family band their father and uncles formed in the 80's. The brothers quickly began playing clubs and festivals around Louisiana, taking the traditional music they were raised with to new levels of rhythmic energy and spontaneity, which produced the punk and psychedelic labels given to the band by reviews over the years. The current LBR line-up is still headed by Louis Michot (fiddle and lead vocals) and Andre Michot (accordion and lapsteel), joined by Bryan Webre (electric bass), Johnny Campos (electric guitar), Eric Heigle (electronics and acoustic guitar), and Kirkland Middleton (drums).
In 2012, with five albums under their belt, including a Grammy nomination for their 2007 release “Live a la Blue Moon,” the band released its most progressive and sonically experimental record to date, “Mammoth Waltz”. With the stylings of producer Korey Richey (LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, Givers) and the help of guest artists Gordon Gano, Scarlett Johansson, and Dr. John, “Mammoth Waltz” was named #2 in the “Top 21 Louisiana albums of the 21st Century” by the Times Picayune, and acted as an invitation for all music lovers to tune in to the hypnotic Cajun rhythms Lost Bayou Ramblers have been known for since their inception in 1999. Lost Bayou Ramblers’ contribution to the score of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” in 2012 brought them further renown worldwide, along with continuing performances with Wordless Music Orchestra and score composers Benh Zeiltin and Dan Romer.
2014 brought LBR the support slot on Arcade Fire’s REFLEKTOR tour. In addition, they made a live appearance on NPR’s World Café and they were rated #1 on “David Dye’s five favorite live music moments in and out of the World Café studio.” They also released “Gasa Gasa Live,” recorded at New Orleans’ Uptown experimental music venue. Lost Bayou Ramblers have continually integrated new sonic elements into their live performances, always experimenting and growing the show to what it's become today, an eclectic mix of modern sounds and rhythms with ancient Cajun melodies and lyrics, and that’s reflected in the ambitious aesthetic reach of their latest album, “Kalenda”.