Lost Bayou Ramblers

Grammy-Nominated Cajun BAND from Lafayette & N.O.La. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   Rue Vermilion Revival, a special album release of Lost Bayou Ramblers’ first show from 1999, will raise money for those affected by recent flooding in South Louisiana.   Rue Vermilion Revival will be released via Bandcamp.com on Wednesday, August 24.  Bandcamp will feature the fundraiser live recording, which will be available as a two track download, or locally on a limited edition cassette tape. Proceeds will go to those affected by the historic floods in Louisiana.   On Friday, August 26, Lost Bayou Ramblers will hold a roving fundraiser beginning at 6pm at Lagniappe Records (313 Jefferson Street) then continuing to Rêve Coffee (200 Jefferson Street) and Jefferson Street Pub (500 Jefferson Street) and finally ending at the site of their original performance, The Garage at 205 W. Vermilion Street.   Recorded live at Café Rue Vermilion, Lafayette Louisiana, on August 27, 1999. Engineered by Louis Michot Mastered by Kirkland Middleton. Cover photo (recovered from flood) by Tommy Michot   Musicians: Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals) Andre Michot (accordion) Matthew Doucet (fiddle) David Michot (guitar) Chris Keating (upright bass) Gary Hernandez (clarinet) Adam Cohen (t-fer) Thad Duplechin (frottoir) -------   One August night in 1999, I ventured over to Café Rue Vermilion in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana to hear a newly formed band fronted by brothers Louis and Andre Michot. What I witnessed that night, I realize now, was more than the first public performance of the Lost Bayou Ramblers—it was a happening; a watershed moment that continues to change the contours of Cajun music.     Louis had recently returned to Louisiana from busking across Maritime Canada, where he honed his fiddling and French-language skills. Back in Lafayette, Andre spent the summer in his living room with a borrowed accordion, figuring out the melodies he had played for years as the guitarist in his father’s family band, Les Freres Michot. When the two brothers reunited in Lafayette in August of 1999, a new collaboration was born. Louis eagerly booked their first gig and the duo threw together a rag-tag band comprised of family and friends. During last minute preparations, the late Ryan Domingue asked Louis, “What’s the name of the band?” They had yet to form an identity. Domingue offered “Lost Bayou Ramblers.”   I arrived early for the show with cheap beer in tow. Andre and I retreated into the warm night air to share conversation and a Red Dog tallboy. We watched as hipsters, dreadlocked hippies, and Cajun music aficionados filed into the venue. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee was as strong as the acoustic music filling the café. The sound was raw and unvarnished. The set list, derived from old-school Cajun classics and debuted original songs by Louis and Andre, was driven by youthful exuberance.   Café Rue Vermilion couldn't contain the Lost Bayou Ramblers that night. When the band launched into the enchanting strains of the Cajun Mardi Gras song, all of the patrons followed Louis and the band into the streets of Lafayette. We invaded downtown restaurants and bars--singing, chanting, and playing--evoking the cultural right-of-way of the courir de Mardi Gras. I went home bewitched. Today, after thousands of shows in 40 states and 8 countries, and countless collaborations between the band and I, the spell the Lost Bayou Ramblers cast on me has yet to wear off.   Rue Vermilion Revival represents an act of cultural renewal--taking the old and making it new. Louis had the foresight to record the first Lost Bayou Ramblers performance, made available to the public here for the first time. We hope that this recording offers some joy and sonic inspiration for our south Louisiana neighbors working to revive their homes and livelihoods in the wake of floodwaters. Proceeds from the sale of Rue Vermilion Revival go directly to flood relief.     Ryan André Brasseaux August 18, 2016 Yale University

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Rue Vermilion Revival, a special album release of Lost Bayou Ramblers’ first show from 1999, will raise money for those affected by recent flooding in South Louisiana.

 

Rue Vermilion Revival will be released via Bandcamp.com on Wednesday, August 24.  Bandcamp will feature the fundraiser live recording, which will be available as a two track download, or locally on a limited edition cassette tape. Proceeds will go to those affected by the historic floods in Louisiana.

 

On Friday, August 26, Lost Bayou Ramblers will hold a roving fundraiser beginning at 6pm at Lagniappe Records (313 Jefferson Street) then continuing to Rêve Coffee (200 Jefferson Street) and Jefferson Street Pub (500 Jefferson Street) and finally ending at the site of their original performance, The Garage at 205 W. Vermilion Street.

 

Recorded live at Café Rue Vermilion, Lafayette Louisiana, on August 27, 1999.

Engineered by Louis Michot

Mastered by Kirkland Middleton.

Cover photo (recovered from flood) by Tommy Michot

 

Musicians:

Louis Michot (fiddle, vocals)

Andre Michot (accordion)

Matthew Doucet (fiddle)

David Michot (guitar)

Chris Keating (upright bass)

Gary Hernandez (clarinet)

Adam Cohen (t-fer)

Thad Duplechin (frottoir)

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One August night in 1999, I ventured over to Café Rue Vermilion in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana to hear a newly formed band fronted by brothers Louis and Andre Michot. What I witnessed that night, I realize now, was more than the first public performance of the Lost Bayou Ramblers—it was a happening; a watershed moment that continues to change the contours of Cajun music.  

 

Louis had recently returned to Louisiana from busking across Maritime Canada, where he honed his fiddling and French-language skills. Back in Lafayette, Andre spent the summer in his living room with a borrowed accordion, figuring out the melodies he had played for years as the guitarist in his father’s family band, Les Freres Michot. When the two brothers reunited in Lafayette in August of 1999, a new collaboration was born. Louis eagerly booked their first gig and the duo threw together a rag-tag band comprised of family and friends. During last minute preparations, the late Ryan Domingue asked Louis, “What’s the name of the band?” They had yet to form an identity. Domingue offered “Lost Bayou Ramblers.”

 

I arrived early for the show with cheap beer in tow. Andre and I retreated into the warm night air to share conversation and a Red Dog tallboy. We watched as hipsters, dreadlocked hippies, and Cajun music aficionados filed into the venue. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee was as strong as the acoustic music filling the café. The sound was raw and unvarnished. The set list, derived from old-school Cajun classics and debuted original songs by Louis and Andre, was driven by youthful exuberance.

 

Café Rue Vermilion couldn't contain the Lost Bayou Ramblers that night. When the band launched into the enchanting strains of the Cajun Mardi Gras song, all of the patrons followed Louis and the band into the streets of Lafayette. We invaded downtown restaurants and bars--singing, chanting, and playing--evoking the cultural right-of-way of the courir de Mardi Gras. I went home bewitched. Today, after thousands of shows in 40 states and 8 countries, and countless collaborations between the band and I, the spell the Lost Bayou Ramblers cast on me has yet to wear off.

 

Rue Vermilion Revival represents an act of cultural renewal--taking the old and making it new. Louis had the foresight to record the first Lost Bayou Ramblers performance, made available to the public here for the first time. We hope that this recording offers some joy and sonic inspiration for our south Louisiana neighbors working to revive their homes and livelihoods in the wake of floodwaters. Proceeds from the sale of Rue Vermilion Revival go directly to flood relief. 

 

 Ryan André Brasseaux
August 18, 2016
Yale University

LBR opens for Violent Femmes at House of Blues in Dallas TX on July 19, and at Stubb's in Austin TX on July 20, see y'all soon TX!

LBR opens for Violent Femmes at House of Blues in Dallas TX on July 19, and at Stubb's in Austin TX on July 20, see y'all soon TX!

Louis Michot would like to thank SUPER SENSITIVE for providing him with the best sounding, hard to pop, violin strings, c'est les meilleurs!!

Louis Michot would like to thank SUPER SENSITIVE for providing him with the best sounding, hard to pop, violin strings, c'est les meilleurs!!

 2016 touring starts Thursday, Jan 7 at the Continental Club in Austin, with The Americans from L.A., then catch us in Houston, Lafayette, and New Orleans!

 2016 touring starts Thursday, Jan 7 at the Continental Club in Austin, with The Americans from L.A., then catch us in Houston, Lafayette, and New Orleans!

This weekend will be our second run of POGUETRY featuring SPIDER STACY of the POGUES!  C'mon Lafayette, Houston, Austin, and back to New Orleans later this month.  Look out for the poster next week.

This weekend will be our second run of POGUETRY featuring SPIDER STACY of the POGUES!  C'mon Lafayette, Houston, Austin, and back to New Orleans later this month.  Look out for the poster next week.

This Saturday morning we're honored to play the Coushatta Farmers Market in Elton, Louisiana, it's an early one starting at 9am going till noon, come get some fresh and local food and music! Where:oasati Plaza 1007 Main Street (adjacent to Capital One Bank) Elton, Louisiana ### About the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana was officially recognized by the Federal government in 1973 and marked a major turning point in tribal history in 1985 with the election by popular vote of the first Coushatta tribal government. From their earliest days as a proud, hard-working people struggling to maintain long-standing traditions in the face of possible relocation, the Coushatta Indians have endured and overcome every hardship they have faced and have remained on tribal lands in and around Elton, Louisiana, since the 1800s. Despite serious setbacks and some population dispersal, the tribe’s character and ideals have not only held fast, but have been strengthened. The Coushatta language, Koasati, is now considered unique among Native Americans because it has survived in its purest form and is still spoken fluently in the Coushatta community today. The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana owns and operates Coushatta Casino Resort, which employs more than 2,700 area residents. For more information, visit www.coushattatribela.org  

This Saturday morning we're honored to play the Coushatta Farmers Market in Elton, Louisiana, it's an early one starting at 9am going till noon, come get some fresh and local food and music!

Where:oasati Plaza
1007 Main Street (adjacent to Capital One Bank)
Elton, Louisiana
###
About the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana was officially recognized by the Federal government in 1973 and marked a major turning point in tribal history in 1985 with the election by popular vote of the first Coushatta tribal government.

From their earliest days as a proud, hard-working people struggling to maintain long-standing traditions in the face of possible relocation, the Coushatta Indians have endured and overcome every hardship they have faced and have remained on tribal lands in and around Elton, Louisiana, since the 1800s. Despite serious setbacks and some population dispersal, the tribe’s character and ideals have not only held fast, but have been strengthened. The Coushatta language, Koasati, is now considered unique among Native Americans because it has survived in its purest form and is still spoken fluently in the Coushatta community today.

The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana owns and operates Coushatta Casino Resort, which employs more than 2,700 area residents. For more information, visit www.coushattatribela.org
 


Summer Tour Dates, starting in          Denver this Saturday for Amp The Cause, Denver Day of Rock!

News

LBR wins BIG EASY AWARD !

Thank y'all NEW ORLEANS for voting us Best Cajun Band in the land, we honored to be able to play music in the most prolific city in America, and we look forward to every show to come, especially                                  

Saturday, June 6, at Tipitinas, where we'll be joined by King James and the Special Men + Soul Creole



FESTIVAL TIME IN LOUISIANA!!!

Here come's Festival time!  Starting next Friday, the ramblers will be doing what they do best, playing music, and alot of it...

Saturday, April 18, 6:10pm: Old Settlers Fest, Driftwood TX

Saturday, April 18, 11pm: Continental Club, Houston TX

Friday, April 24, 8pm: Festival International, Lafayette LA

Friday, april 24, 11pm: Bluemoon saloon, lafayette la

saturday, April 25, 2:55pm: Jazzfest, New ORleans

Wednesday, april 29, 8pm: Nola airlift, city park, new orleans la

friday, May 1, 8:30pm: Pensacola crawfish fest, pensacola fl

saturday, may 2, 10pm: gasa gasa, new orleans la

saturday, may 2, 2am: dba, new oreans la





!!!! upcoming shows with our friend and amazing performer Gordon Gano of Violent Femmes!!

Feb 27 - One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans

Feb 28 - Spanish Moon, Baton Rouge

March 1 - Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette

Plus a special performance featuring Gordon Gano on March 1 at Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette!


THANK Y'ALL NEW ORLEANS & OFFBEAT MAGAZINE FOR VOTING US                         "BEST CAJUN BAND" W/ THE                       "BEST CAJUN ALBUM" IN 2014!!


"LIKE IT DON'T FEEL GOOD!"
LBR


LOST BAYOU RAMBLERS up for a BEST OF THE BEAT award! Click the image to VOTE!


What was David Dye's #1 musical moment of 2014?!

 

CHECK OUT OUR FEATURE ON WORLD CAFE

January 10 we return to Brooklyn Bowl for a special APAP performance for New Orleans' Backbeat Foundation, joined by Big Sam's Funky Nation, and Naughty Professor. Always glad to be back in brooklyn!


MERCI Y'ALL, FOR A GREAT YEAR!

2014 marked the 15th year of Lost Bayou Ramblers, and the release of our 7th album, GASA GASA LIVE, which just got named to 50 albums of the year by fransschuman.com, in very good company.  The year started out with filming and recording for a -top secret- project, which will come out in 2015 (can't wait to share the secret when it's time!), and will end with two local shows at some of our favorite hometown venues, Bluemoon Saloon (Dec. 26) & Tipitinas (Dec. 27).  And everything in between has been nothing short of amazing, from opening for ARCADE FIRE on the REFLEKTOR tour in Houston and Austin, to 4 great festivals in Canada, a performance at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN (our dream venue ), and performing with a full orchestra in New York and London for the BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD screening and live score performance.

Thank y'all all for an amazing year, and we look forward to more fun and madness in 2015!


LOUIS MICHOT song LA LUNE EST CROCHE featured on the new album by LE PEUPLE DE L'HERBE from Lyon, France! Check it out:

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LBR takes a trip to ELECTRIC LADY

LBR takes a trip to ELECTRIC LADY