Ramblin' on the Bayou

The Lost Bayou Ramblers stir it up this weekend

Ramblin' on the Bayou

Due to weather conditions resulting from Hurricane Ike, all Lost Bayou Ramblers shows have been canceled.

The half-moon sat low Saturday night around midnight in the Western sky, reddish and glowing just above the river as we drove South down Congress in a ’53 Mercury named Peggy Sue. Last time I remember a sky like that, a big yella moon was hanging over the Atchafalaya Basin as I was speeding across the Henderson swamp while the gators barked in the dark mists. This weekend, the Lost Bayou Ramblers bring a little of that mojo with them to the Continental.

The Lafayette-based quintet started the year with a Grammy-nominated live album and now release a new studio CD, Vermilionaire. And no wonder they caught the Recording Academy’s attention: they are a Cajun band that sounds authentic without being too retro, and fresh without compromising that authenticity. Oh yeah, our own Chris “Frenchie” Smith produced the CD.

Better yet, the Lost Bayou Ramblers evoke the old school Cajun dancehall feel of lazy Sunday afternoon French dances that begin around 4pm just this side of the Sabine and dot east across our neighbor state. A little bon temps rouler, sure, but more than throwing around clichés and stereotypes, the Ramblers nail their Cajun sound with flourish and panache. If you can’t make their evening shows Friday and Saturday, catch an in-store Friday at Waterloo Records with Mario Matteoli, 5pm.

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