Alan LaFleur: the signatures on the top part
of his bass belong to members of the
|Bayou Perdu, the Lost
Bayou Ramblers' second CD on Swallow Records, is filled with the
same nothing-held-back energy that made the group's first CD a
hit. The band recorded the CD in a studio, but listeners get to
experience the passion that the the Lost Bayou Ramblers bring to
their live gigs. The music is traditional, but the band does not
sound like they are preserving a tradition: they are just
playing the music they love and making it their own.
The CD includes two Hackberry Rambler songs,
"Faut pas tu brailles" and "Une piastre ici, une piastre là-bas,"
as well as other songs in the swing tradition like the
instrumental "Pilette [Vinton] High Society" and the rollicking
"Tite fille de Lafayette," which is one of several tunes
featuring André Michot on lap-steel in a duet with Louie Michot
In two of the original compositions, "Le
Blues de la Ville Platte" and "Chers yeux bruns," Louie Michot
describes Ville Platte women–gone but certainly not forgotten.
In "Mexico One-Step," Louie awaits the return of a girl who went
to Mexico but meanwhile he's moving on with his life. In "North
Louisiana Blues," he offers a Cajun's instrumental
response to the experience of living in Minden (which is far
north of the Turkey Creek border)."Blue Moon Special," performed
to the tune of "Les flammes d'enfer," is a tribute to a popular
and unique Lafayette club and hostel.
"Papa Lou Hop" describes the dance step of
his grandfather, Louis Michot, a talent hidden from us who
grew up in Baton Rouge and associated Louis Michot only with
politics and his franchise of Burger Chef fast food restaurants.
The last song, "Les temps après fini," is
a beautiful tribute to the Michot brothers' maternal
grandfather, Pierce Meleton, who died in 2004 in an accident
with a cane truck. Louie's fiddle is a gift from his
grandfather, who received it from his mother when he was five
The title song, "Bayou Perdu," written by
David Michot and Louie Michot, is based on a story told by
Sydney Bourque (elaborated in the liner notes), whose photo is
on the cover of the group's first CD, Pilette Breakdown.
His daughter, Ethel Mae Bourque, is on the cover of Bayou
Perdu. In a hidden track at the end of the CD, she sings a
ballad that she sang for her father to ease his pain the week
that he died. The liner notes provide more details and explain
how to obtain a CD of Ethel's songs.
to go to the Official Web Site of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, which
includes contact information, a performance schedule, and more information about the band.
Click here to go to LSUE's first page on the Lost Bayou
Photos on this page were taken at the
Liberty Theater in February and July 2005.