Brothers Andre and Louis Michot grew up playing roots Cajun music as members of Les Frères Michot, the acclaimed family band that their father and uncles formed in the 1980s. In 1999, the pair stepped out with Lost Bayou Ramblers, taking the traditional music they were raised on to new levels of rhythmic energy and spontaneity. Overnight, the band became a sensation in the clubs and festivals of Southern Louisiana. Punk? Psychedelic? Sonic experimentation? Whatever you call it, it’s been working. The band’s music turned up on the soundtrack for Beasts of the Southern Wild. The band opened on tour with Arcade Fire, and produced a legendary turn on David Dye’s World Café. (Dye has listed it as one of this five favorite shows.) Their album Live at the Blue Moon was nominated for a Grammy. That was followed by Mammoth Waltz. Featuring guest turns from Gordon Gano, Scarlett Johansson, and Dr. John, the album garnered the #2 spot on the Times-Picayune’s list of Top Louisiana Albums of the 21st Century. This spring, Louis Michot and the band were prominently featured in the PBS series on American Epic.
After 15 years of touring, recording, and collaborating, Lost Bayou Ramblers today includes talented players Korey Richey on electric bass, Johnny Campos on electric guitar, and Eric Heigle on drums. Together with the brothers Michot, they continue to integrate new sonic elements in their live performances ― growing, experimenting, mixing those modern sounds and rhythms with ancient Cajun melodies and lyrics.
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