Thursday, October 12, 2006

National Folk Festival: Lost Bayou Ramblers

I'll be heading to the Richmond Riverfront right after work this evening. First stop will be the beer and wine tent. With full cups in hand it's off to one of the seven stages.

Rinse and repeat.

This is the last in our weeklong look at a few of the artists of the 68th National Folk Festival Oct 13-15, Richmond, Virginia. The festival starts this evening and runs through Sunday. Admission is free and parking is plentiful throughout downtown Richmond for $4/day. Free shuttle buses run continuously. See ya there!

Louis Michot (fiddle and vocals) and his brother Andre (accordion) were born into a musical family. Their father and uncles have been playing traditional cajun "bal de maison" (house dance) music since 1968 and formed the well known traditional all-brothers band, Les Freres Michot.

Louis and Andre Michot trained on triangle, guitar, and bass before moving on to the traditional cajun lead instruments of fiddle and accordion. The young brothers teamed up with Chris "Oscar" Courville, who contributes heavy bass-stomp drumming, Alan LeFleur and his hard-thumping upright bass, and Jon Bertrand's driving rhythm guitar, and the deep swamp beat of the Lost Bayou Ramblers was born.

The Lost Bayou Ramblers have added original tunes to their vast repertoire of traditional Cajun dancehall tunes, fiddle tunes and Cajun swing, all of which they have shifted into overdrive to suit a younger generation.


Lost Bayou Ramblers - Louisiana Breakdown

Lost Bayou Ramblers - Mello Joy Boogie


The Lost Bayou Ramblers will be on stage at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Dance Pavilion, at 8:00pm, Friday. See the 68th National Folk Festival schedule for other appearances during the weekend.

Click on over to www.lostbayouramblers.com for more info, free downloads, and to order their CDs or a bottle of Lost Bayou Ramblers Hot Sauce.


Y'all have a great weekend.
See ya at the festival!

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