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Bayou proves powerful for Ramblers

The Cajun quartet Lost Bayou Ramblers released their album “Mammoth Waltz” in April. The band's single, “The Bathtub” was featured in the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
The Cajun quartet Lost Bayou Ramblers released their album “Mammoth Waltz” in April. The band's single, “The Bathtub” was featured in the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
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Being in the right place worked out perfectly for Louis Michot. Michot, the vocalist for Cajun band Lost Bayou Ramblers, says their music got worldwide exposure by having their song “The Bathtub” in the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

“The filmmakers had heard our music and wanted us to be in the film,” he explains during a recent interview while leaving Ashville, N.C. “Unfortunately for us, we were on tour and couldn’t find the time to be in the film. Being able to have the song placed in the film in such a powerful moment, it was pretty special for us.”

Since the film was released, the band has seen its profile steadily rising. But the quartet found success before the film.

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In 2008, it was nominated for a Grammy Award for best zydeco or Cajun album for “Live: A La Blue Moon.” Though it didn’t win, the nomination put it on the map in the music industry.

Since then the band, which includes Michot, Cavan Carruth, Andre Michot and Pauly Deathwish, has released three more albums. Its latest album, “Mammoth Waltz,” was released in April.

Michot says music for “Mammoth Waltz” took more than a year and a half of hard work.

“What we did with this album was spend a month in the studio recording,” he says. “All of the tracks have a live feel and we did very minimal additions to them.”

Over the course of the band’s existence, Michot says he and his brother Andre have written the majority of the songs.

The brothers were reared in southern Louisiana and performed old style and predominantly acoustic Cajun music.

“We began playing with our dad and uncles in their band,” he recalls. “What was great about it is that we were exposed to this type of music and it has just stuck with us. I even sing a lot in French. People are surprised by that.”

Michot says in 13 years the band has come a long way from recording its first album in Pilette, La. in 2001, though the inspiration remains the same. “We literally recorded the first album across the bayou from where we grew up. And when we want to be inspired, we come back to this place.”

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