Cajun, Roots, Rock, Country - a little bit of everything Louisiana and Southern is at Boudin & Beer.
Four Great Bands
Drake White is a God-fearing, river rat, beach bum with a collection of soulful lyrical exchanges that personify his signature style of rockin’ country freestyle blues. As a performer with a striking stage presence and unexpendable energy, the story of this exuberant foot-stomping troubadour’s musical journey is an energized tale of fate and preparation. “Being in the right place at the right time, hard work … and fate,” says White referring to the elements that carved the path leading to his 2012 major label album debut.
White’s lyrics spill the truth of the young songwriter’s journey. Growing up as the product of a close-knit, middle class, hardworking family in the small town of Hokes Bluff, Ala., White spent much of his youth outdoors working, exploring and reflecting. This freedom found in the open-air resounds in the foundation of White’s music.
Deathbed ballads meet glockenspiels and omnichords. Cajun French choruses are written on iPhones. Indie-rock vibes invade Acadian archives.
Welcome to the world of Feufollet, a band both deeply rooted in the francophone soil of Louisiana and pushing boldly into unexplored yet utterly natural varieties of Cajun experience. Though famous for their renditions of heartbreaking songs and rollicking tunes, the quintet breaks new ground on En Couleurs (Feufollet Records; June 8, 2010) featuring originals that draw on deep roots tempered by a cutting edge of contemporary life.
Red Stick Ramblers
In 2000, suits crisply pressed and bows rosined, The Red Stick Ramblers first shot out of Baton Rouge, where several members were studying at Louisiana State University. Thanks to their unflaggingly energetic live shows, they quickly developed a following around the Gulf Coast region, and spread the message even more widely with the 2002 release of their self-titled debut album.
The music of Louisiana has a lot in common with the cuisine. An initial blast of heat usually commands attention right off the bat. But then, slowly but surely, all sorts of subtler notes start to creep in, making for an irresistibly captivating experience. That’s the vibe that emanates from The Red Stick Ramblers, an appropriately-named aggregation that builds stylistic bridges spanning the decades — not to mention connecting styles as diverse as traditional Cajun, western swing, blues and old-school jazz
St. Claude Serenaders
Americana and Roots Music with a Louisiana flavor. The Saint Claude Serenaders play muic inspired by old country, bluegrass, southern blues, and New Orleans R&B.