The Lost Bayou Ramblers

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The Lost Bayou Ramblers
Members playing at the Blue Moon Saloon
Members playing at the Blue Moon Saloon
Background information
Origin Pilette, Louisiana, USA
Genres Cajun
Labels Swallow, Bayou Perdu Records
Associated acts Wilson Savoy, Les Frères Michot, Gordon Gano
Members Louis Michot, Andre Michot, Alan LaFleur, Cavan Carruth, Paul Etheredge

The Lost Bayou Ramblers are a Grammy-nominated[1] Cajun music influenced rock band from Pilette, Louisiana and Austin, Texas.


Lost Bayou Ramblers was born deep in South Louisiana performing old style, predominantly acoustic Cajun music at clubs and festivals across the US, Europe, and Canada. They were formed in 1999 by Louis Michot (fiddle and vocals) and his brother Andre Michot (cajun accordion and lap steel guitar) and grew to include Cavan Carruth (electric guitar) and Paul Etheredge (drums).[2]

The Lost Bayou Ramblers have toured through much of the United States, including performances at the International Country Music Conference in Nashville, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens' Chile Pepper Fiesta, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at the historic Preservation Hall. The Ramblers had their first international performance in Lyon, France in November 2004. Their debut release, Pilette Breakdown (Swallow Records) received critical acclaim across North America and Europe. Their 2006 release Mellow Joy Boys:Une Tasse Cafe featured guest fiddler Wilson Savoy of the Pine Leaf Boys on a collection of 1930's era songs and classic Cajun Swing.[3] In 2008, the Ramblers were nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music category (a new category for that year) for their album Live: A La Blue Moon.[1] The Ramblers have also played a series of shows with Violent Femmes vocalist and fiddle player Gordon Gano and are working on their next album with him.[4]

Musical style[edit]

Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, 2008
“After Mammoth Waltz drops, critics will be hard-pressed to put the Lost Bayou Ramblers in any box.”

—– Alison Fensterstock, The Times-Picayune (Aug 18, 2011)

The band typically plays traditional Cajun music but draws stylistically from Western swing, rockabilly, and punk rock.[4] They have remained a traditional Cajun band, reviving forgotten classics of the genre, singing almost entirely in Cajun French, and maintaining smooth, moderate tempos suitable for dancing two-steps and waltzes. Along with other local acts Feufollet, the Red Stick Ramblers, and the Pine Leaf Boys, the Ramblers form the core of a renaissance in Cajun and Creole music.[5] Their high energy live shows include antics more common to rock or punk bands, such as fiddler Michot climbing atop the upright bass of LaFleur as both musicians continue to play or the sporting of hipster Mohawks and prominent tattoos.[6]

Guest Artists[edit]

Lost Bayou Ramblers have attracted a number of musical guests to both their live shows and their recorded albums. Their 2012 Mammoth Waltz featured cameos by Scarlett Johansson, Dr. John, Gordon Gano (Violent Femmes), Nora Arnezeder, members of Givers, and more. Gordon Gano often appears as a guest at their live shows.[4]


  • Mammoth Waltz (2012) Bayou Perdu Records
  • Bastille EP (2011) Bayou Perdu Records
  • Vermilionaire (2008) Bayou Perdu Records
  • Live: A La Blue Moon (2007) Swallow Records
  • Mellow Joy Boys: Une Tasse Cafe (2006) Swallow Records
  • Bayou Perdu (2005) Swallow Records
  • Pilette Breakdown (2001)Swallow Records


  • En Francais: Cajun 'n' Creole Rock 'n' Roll Various, produced by Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers (2011) Bayou Teche Brewers/CD Baby
  • Allons Boire un Coup: A Collection of Cajun and Creole Drinking Songs Various (2006) Valcour Records

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Grammy Awards Website". Retrieved 2010-06-13. 
  2. ^ "LostBayouRamblers:Info". 
  3. ^ "Lost Bayou Ramblers". Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b c Cook, Alex V. (2011-04-01). "Blister in le soleil: The Lost Bayou Ramblers and Gordon Gano". OffBeat Magazine. Retrieved 2011-04-05. "We were at d.b.a. one night about three years ago, we had been doing ‘O Bye’ from our first album (Pilette Breakdown). When we’d get to the breakdown part we’d do different songs, like this one White Stripes song and sometimes ‘Blister in the Sun’. We were doin’ that, and suddenly this guy climbs up on stage and he’s like, ‘You mind?’ and I said, ‘I guess not.’ Enter Gordon Gano." 
  5. ^ Geoffrey Himes (March 4, 2007). "Cajun Sound, Rock ’n’ Roll Energy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-04-05. 
  6. ^ McKnight, Laura (2011-05-08). "Lost Bayou Ramblers find enthusiastic crowd at New Orleans Jazz Fest". The Times-Picayune. 

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