Tag Archives: Michael Doucet

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, From Bamako to Carencro (Compass Records)

After 37 years as globe-trotting Cajun ambassadors, there are not many unconquered frontiers left for BeauSoleil. Caribbean/world music has a strong presence here on its 25th album, though it’s not necessarily new ground—They did it on 1989’s Bayou Cadillac. Buy on AmazonBuy on iTunes But what’s astounding is how familiar ground can be revisited and [...]

Look-Ka Py Py Podcast (ep 26): Michael Doucet, Intercontinental Cajun

“When I was a teenager [sic] or college-age, there were maybe maybe five people my age playing this music,” say Cajun musician Michael Doucet, who, along with his band BeauSoleil, has spent the better part of four decades bringing the lively chank-a-chank rhythms and fervent melodies of southern Louisiana to audiences across the globe. Today, [...]

Louisiana Music Timeline: February 14

Have a look at OffBeat’s video tribute to the people and events that shaped New Orleans and Louisiana music history through the years on February 14, enjoy… 1951: Happy Birthday to fiddler and vocalist Michael Doucet born in Scott 1959: Drummer Warren “Baby” Dodds passes away at age 61.

The Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore

One of the sonic jewels to be had at this year’s Festivals Acadiens et Creoles was Best of Festivals Acadiens 2002, released by Valcour Records. Its 14 tracks include such titans as Belton Richard, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and Wayne Toups, and another 10 tracks are available [...]

We Win!

This year’s Grammys were good to Louisiana. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave out its awards February 8 and handed four trophies to Lil Wayne. His album Tha Carter III led to Grammys for Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (“Lollipop”), Best Rap Solo Performance (“A Milli”) and Best Rap Performance by [...]

Cajun Mardi Gras: The Rules of the Road

Like its New Orleans counterpart, Cajun Mardi Gras is a processional festivity. But unlike its better-known brethren, it’s rooted in the medieval fête de la quémande, a ceremonial begging ritual. During a Mardi Gras run, costumed, masked revelers travel from house to house along the countryside to obtain ingredients for a communal gumbo to be [...]

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Alligator Purse (Yep Roc)

BeauSoleil has long been a band that can be taken for granted. To win Grammys, to become representative of a genre, and to become keepers of a cultural flame can be a blessing and a curse. Because, at the end of the day, it’s all about how the music moves you Truth be told, I’ve [...]

BeauSoleil: Beau Brothers

Back in 1986, when BeauSoleil was first starting to tour a lot outside Louisiana, back when the Doucet brothers still had a bit of hair atop their heads, the band played at the Kennedy Center, Washington’s red-carpeted bastion of high culture. BeauSoleil was just a quartet in those days—Michael Doucet on fiddle, David Doucet on [...]

Doucet vs. Doucet?

Cheating! Well, the charge has come with a qualified “sort of,” so we’re not talking about steroids, term paper plagiarism or Florida politics. Unless someone is juicing the boudin, maybe. In any case, the term is being thrown around in a rather unlikely place these days: the competition for the second-ever Best Cajun/Zydeco Album Grammy [...]

Michael Doucet, From Now On (Smithsonian Folkways)

Solo records from a band frontman are usually interesting propositions since they often have something to say beyond their normal band framework. Such was the case with BeauSoleil’s Michael Doucet’s 1989 Beau Solo effort. Not only did it showcase guitar-accompanied fiddle tunes sans “His Highness” the accordion, it served as a reminder that Cajun music [...]