Kalenda, the album that won Best Regional Roots Music Album at the 2018 Grammys, was the ninth release from a band that’s been around since 1999. Lost Bayou Ramblers were also Grammy nominees in 2007, were featured in the soundtrack to “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and guest artists on their albums have included Scarlett Johannson and Dr. John.
I kinda hate that though I knew the name (and saw/loved “Beasts”), I only experienced LBR’s actual music a few days ago. I have to thank Lafayette Travel, the region’s official tourism office, for the introduction.
So much music, so little time. I guess I knew that from my days (OK, decade) as music critic for The Arizona Daily Star; I hate knowing it, though, and am grateful every time someone helps me discover another almost-lost-to-me musician or group.
Here is just a little window into their music. It ends a bit abruptly (still figuring out fadeouts), but check it out.
Check out some additional tunes on their website. Oh, also, they’re playing at the Patchogue Theater on Long Island Feb. 16 and at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on Feb. 17 — plus numerous gigs in Louisiana, of course. You’ll find more on their site.
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