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 win in the Best Regional Roots Music category for their most recent studio album, Kalenda, contributions to the score of the Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild, and touring with both Arcade Fire and the Violent Femmes, Lost Bayou Ramblers continue to swing wide from their Louisiana home base.
The band 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, and taking the traditional music they were raised with to new levels of rhythmic energy and spontaneity, producing 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).
By 2012, the group had five albums under their belt, including a Grammy nomination for their 2007 release, Live a la Blue Moon. The band then released its most progressive and sonically experimental record up to that time, 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. Also in 2012, Lost Bayou Ramblers’ contribution to the score of Beasts of the Southern Wild brought them further renown worldwide. Then, in 2014, the group secured the support slot on Arcade Fire’s REFLEKTOR tour. In addition, they made a live appearance on NPR’s World Café and 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. And in 2018, their most recent studio album, Kalenda, brought them a Grammy win for Best Regional Roots Music Album. 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.