If you thought you knew the Lost Bayou Ramblers’ music, guess again. The Lafayette, LA band, who earned a 2007 Grammy nomination for their Live: À la Blue Moon album, have made marked creative strides on their sixth studio album, Mammoth Waltz, on their own indie Bayou Perdu label, produced by their newest member, Korey Richey [GIVERS], at the famed Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA.
“We wanted to play the music that we love, and what represents us as a band,” says singer/fiddle player Louis Michot about the new album. “There are a great many influences on this album, a lot more ground covered.”
With an eclectic cast of cameos which includes actresses Scarlett Johansson and Nora Arnezeder, the Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano, fellow Lafayette, LA, band GIVERS’ vocalist/guitarist Taylor Guarisco and drummer Kirby Campbell as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and legendary New Orleans icon Dr. John, Mammoth Waltz takes the Lost Bayou Ramblers out of their niche and into the larger realm of rock and roll. Producer Richey met Johansson while working with her at Dockside as an engineer to producer Dave Sitek on Anywhere I Lay My Head. They were introduced to Gano when he joined them on-stage in New Orleans after the band began incorporating a snippet from his “Blister in the Sun” in the middle of their song, “Oh Bye.”
“What the songs and melodies mean to me is so deep and so beautiful, it's natural to let it breathe,” explains Louis, “We believe our new sound is borderless, and we are excited to share it.”
Louis points to the song, “Coteau Guidry,” about the joys of hanging out at his pal Guidry’s home, located on a “coteau,” an old bank of the now-dry part of the Mississippi River that is the only elevated ridge in the area.
“It’s symbolic to what we’re doing,” he says, “climbing up that hill, continuing to get higher and higher.”
With Mammoth Waltz, the Lost Bayou Ramblers have staked their ground.