Lost Bayou Ramblers, the perversely progressive band rooted in Cajun traditions, are undertaking a victory lap this Fall, that begins September 7 in Lafayette, Louisiana and ends October 27, 2018 in New Orleans. Afterwards, the group goes on hiatus until April 2019 – their longest break from regular live performing in twenty years.
2018 began with the band winning a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album for their latest release Kalenda, produced by Korey Richey of LCD Soundsystem (a revolving member of LBR who also produced their Mammoth Waltz album). Soon after, Rodents of Unusual Size was released to great critical acclaim, a documentary with musical score composed and produced by singer/fiddler Louis Michot and performed by the Ramblers. During their “break,” they’re scoring another film, a Lost Bayou Ramblers documentary being produced by Worklight Pictures, slated for 2019 release. Outside of this last bit of band business, the individual members have plenty planned to keep themselves busy till they reconvene.
Electric guitarist Jonny Campos is releasing a new album from the Carbon Poppies, the group he fronts. Rain On My Face comes out on Spain’s Elefant Records September 14 and once LBR’s tour wraps, he’ll be touring in support of this album.
Eric Heigle will finish up producing and mixing records by The Soul Rebels, Lakou Mizik, Motel Radio, and the 79rs Gang, as well as an album of his own original material, and will also be playing drums with bounce artists such as 5th Ward Weebie, PNC, and DJ Jubilee. Eric and Andre will be performing together as Lost Bayou Duo on the “Take Me To The River Tour” in the Fall and Winter of 2018/2019, based around the documentary of same name which LBR is featured in, performing two songs with AniDifranco and Walter Wolfman Washington. Eric and Andre will also be performing as “The Riverbend Ramblers,” along with Andre’s wife Johanna Divine, and aspire to tour as much possible within walking distance to their homes in Uptown New Orleans’ Riverbend neighborhood.
In between “Take Me To The River” tour as Lost Bayou Duo with Eric and playing with Riverbend Ramblers in and around New Orleans, Andre Michot will spend time at his workshop in Broussard, catching up on his wait list for accordion repairs and custom-built Michot accordions.
Louis Michot will be shepherding the first releases from his Nouveau Electric Records imprint. This is an independent label founded earlier this year to promote experimental and traditional music inspired by the language, people and culture of South Louisiana. He’ll be performing live with “Triangle Club” a Creole-Zydeco band featuring his wife, Ashlee Michot, and Grammy-nominated Zydeco accordion player Corey Ledet. Louis’ electric string-band project “Michot’s Melody Makers” with fellow Ramblers Bryan Webre and Kirkland Middleton will be doing shows as well to promote the release of their debut album, Blood Moon by Sinking City Records.
Besides appearing with the Melody Makers, bassist Webre plans on recording with his band Tonomono who celebrate the sounds of the Afro-Caribbean diaspora with an added electronic edge.
When not playing with Louis, Kirkland will be working as part of the Nouveau Electric team… and finally learning French!
Lost Bayou Ramblers Farewell (for now) Tour
September 7, 9pm Jefferson St. Pub, Lafayette w/ Grand Nathaniel and the Ghosts
September 8, 11pm Maple Leaf Bar, New Orleans
September 14, 7pm The U.S. Mint, Friends of the Cabildo, New Orleans
September 15, 5pm New Orleans Irish Festival
September 21, 10pm Continental Club, Austin TX w/ The Rayo Brothers
September 22, 10pm Continental Club, Houston TX w/ The Rayo Brothers
September 27, 7:30pm The Music Box, Cleveland
September 28, 8pm The Locks at Sona, Philadelphia, PA
September 29, 4pm Chili Pepper Festival, Brooklyn, NY
September 30, 2pm Preservation Hall, New Orleans (special acoustic set)
October 4, 10pm Texas Rice Festival, Winnie TX
October 5, 10pm The Holiday Lounge, Mamou LA, w/ The Sarcotics
October 6, 3pm Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville LA
October 12 10pm Blue Moon Saloon, Lafayette LA
October 13 2:30pm Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Lafayette LA
October 13 9pm The Wurst Biergarten, Lafayette LA
October 26 8pm Blackpot Festival, Lafayette LA
October 27 9pm One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, w/ Givers