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Sometime-Beausoleil member Michael Doucet heads a different type of ensemble in Michael Doucet & Cajun Brew. This band is a fusion/rock/pop group, and this release begins with a reworking of "Wooly Bully" and includes covers of "Hey, Good Looking" and "Louie Louie." The roster includes flamboyant, stirring guitarist Sonny Landreth, whose blues-rock leanings are quite evident here. As if aware that there might be questions about allegiances, the group's song roster contains such numbers as "Un Autre Soir Ennuyant" and "Like a Real Cajun" alongside the covers. While they sometimes blurred or hedged their focus, there was enough Cajun flavor in the arrangements, performances and instrumentation to keep purists from grumbling, while they aimed for a wider audience with their joyful rock/pop remakes.


Born: 14 February 1951 in Scott, LA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Since the mid-'70s, Michael Doucet has been one of the dominant figures of the Cajun music revival, respected for his scholarship and admired for his showmanship. On the one hand, Doucet dredges up ancient Cajun tunes with medieval French roots, and on the other, plays flamboyant fiddle with Beausoleil. Aside from Beausoleil, singer and fiddler Doucet has performed and recorded with the more purely traditional Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band. He is as passionate about Cajun tradition as he is eager to drop-kick...
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