Woody Radio DJ Mike Show #109, 5/2/2020: Louis Michot interview!

Louis Michot
On today’s show, aside from playing tons of great music, our very special guest was Louis Michot, founder of Grammy winning Louisiana band Lost Bayou Ramblers. You might think of them as a Cajun band, but they tend to go way deeper than that–and left and right of that, as well. Louis also founded Nouveau Electric Records a couple of years back, right around the first time I’d interviewed him on radio. Nouveau Electric’s mission: they “seek to bridge the gap between tradition and evolution”. And indeed they do.

This time, we talked about Louis’ two current side projects that have generated much interest: Le String Noise (as part of his L.E.S. Douze series of live recordings), and Soul Creole. We started off by playing Le String Noise’s cover of Violent Femmes’ “Gone Daddy Gone”–which was a total treat and mind-trip, all at once! Turns out that Louis is friends with Gordon Gano, and the Ramblers have worked with him. And in reality–their ethos is similar–pushing the boundaries of their various genres. And over the past five years, the Ramblers have also been the backing band for The Pogues–specifically, Spider Stacy and Cait O’Riordan. Again, not as far-fetched as it might seem.

Louis’ other experimental project over the past few years is Soul Creole, with his wife Ashlee Michot, Corey Ledet, and Korey Richey. The song we heard, Trois Rangs–was an unusual mix of the Zydeco and Dub genres. Again–pushing boundaries.

Louis and I had a fun chat about where this all fits in the world of music–and while he was describing it, I was visualizing a sloppy musical Venn diagram in my head. And as with so many other touring musicians, right now, he’s at home regrouping. He’s using the time to plan Nouveau Electric’s next releases. Check out the Lost Bayou Ramblers page and the Nouveau Electric Records page.

And–enjoy this show. Please have your friends listen too. Some of their next favorite bands are likely on this episode!

Artist | Title | Album
Steve Earle | The Revolution Starts Now | The Revolution Starts… Now
Krista D | Penny for your Thoughts | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Dolph Chaney | It’s OK | Rebuilding Permit
The Clash | Atom Tan | Combat Rock
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Elk City | Pity Of A Rose | Souls In Space
Anton Barbeau | Popsong 99 | Kenny Vs. Thrust
Elvis Costello & The Attractions | Moods For Moderns | Armed Forces
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Heiskell | Just Can’t Say | Arriving
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Danny Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
Frank Black | Fazer Eyes | Teenager of the Year
Sex 66 | I Dreamed I Was A Dragster | Grew Up Down
The Corner Laughers | The Lilac Line | Temescal Telegraph
Led Zeppelin | Black Country Woman | Physical Graffiti (Disc 2)
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Kingdom Of Love (Soft Boys Cover) | My Colors Dark
Sunshine Boys | Don’t Keep It Inside | Work And Love
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Trip Wire | Easy Exit | Once & Always
Nolan Voide and His Own Bad Self | Mid Life Crisis | Single release
The Lilacs | Shadow of Doubt | The Lilacs Endure
The Morning Line | Nostradamus | North
L.E.S. Douze | Gone Daddy Gone | Le String Noise
Electronic | Get the Message | Electronic

Louis Michot interview
Soul Creole | Trois Rangs (remix) | Single release

Big Head Todd & The Monsters | In The Morning | Strategem
The Amplifier Heads | Who’s That Girl? | Loudah
Nick Heyward | The Goodbye Man | The Apple Bed
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days of Summer
Bay Station | Be Kind | Go Out And Make Some
The Catbirds | The Crutch Of Music | Catbirds Say Yeah
Lannie Flowers | Running | Home
The Armoires | Some Kinda Handbook (The Senility Prayer) | Side Three
Rachel Taylor Brown | Family | Falimy
Steven Bradley | Summer Bliss And Autumn Tears | Summer Bliss And Autumn Tears
Banjo Bones | I Know How it Ends | Faceless Man
John Wesley Harding | Dead Centre Of Town | Why We Fight
Chris Church | These Daze | Backwards Compatible
Kyro (with Lindy LaFontaine) | This Too, In Time, Shall Pass | Single release
R Stevie Moore | The Winner | Afterlife
Cult of Wedge | Oh Lindsay | Loch ness monsters and motherships
Sarah Taylor | Bad Medicine | The Cure To Everything
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians | If You Were A Priest (Demo) | Element Of Light
Migrant Pickers | One Thing | Beat This Town
Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
NRBQ | Get A Grip | Scraps
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step
Pugwash | The Perfect Summer | Silverlake
Elton John | (Gotta Get A) Meal Ticket | Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Everybody’s Got an Andy Story | The Underground Garden
Gail George | He’s an Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss
The Larry Kelly Five | Hotel Man | LK5
Richard X. Heyman | Action Screams Louder Than Words | Pop Circles
Ming Tea | BBC | Austin Powers
Felsen | Greetings from the Ghost of Heavy Metal Rock and Roll | I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore

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