When Louis Michot and the Lost Bayou Ramblers set up shop to record their upcoming release, Mammoth Waltz, at Dockside Studios, he did what any good bandleader would naturally do: stock up on supplies. And one night he was struck with what he immediately recognized as a great idea: Why not ask the brewer of the band’s favorite new beer, LA-31 Biere Pale from Bayou Teche Brewery, to be the “beer sponsor” for the recording sessions?
Michot had run into brewmaster Karlos Knott at the annual German Fest in Arnaudville and the two discovered they share Cajun German ancestry and are committed to local cultural preservation. If you supply the beer, you get to hang out at the recording sessions, and it was during those sessions that Michot and Knott decided to produce a CD of well-known rock ’n’ roll songs done in Cajun French by some of the leading bands of the Cajun new wave.
Within months, Michot had lined up Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Feufollet, Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet and his Zydeco Band, and Ryan Brunet and the Malfacteurs among others. Songs covered include the Who’s “My Generation,” Neil Young’s “Down by the River,” the Beatles’ “Revolution,” Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good,” and that timeless bar-band classic by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully.” Rollout events are scheduled for October for En Français: Cajun ’n’ Creole Rock ’n’ Roll and the brewery’s latest concoction, Biere Noire.
Also in October, the Lost Bayou Ramblers will release a 12-inch vinyl single, “Bastille,” featuring former Violent Femmes leader Gordon Gano. The flip side will be a remix of the song by GIVERS.