About From Bamako to Carencro:

For their first studio release in four years, and the 25th in their 37-year career, BeauSoleil teamed up with Nashville-based roots music label Compass Records. The band named the new album From Bamako to Carencro, a title which alludes to the cultural and migratory connection between Bamako, in Mali, West Africa, and Louisiana (symbolized in name by the Lafayette, Louisiana suburb of Carencro), a connection that draws a sonic bloodline back to BeauSoleil's roots.

From Bamako to Carencro
by BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet


Track listing:

  1. Two-Step de Port Arthur
  2. La Douceur
  3. Bamako
  4. Carencro
  5. Chanson de Cinquante Sous
  6. Les Barres de la Prison
  7. Bessie's Blues
  8. I'll Go Crazy
  9. You Got to Move
  10. Le Jig Créole
  11. Guilbeau Pelican & Napoléon's Reel

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About BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet:

"The best Cajun band in the World!" —Garrison Keillor

During a New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bob Dylan was asked what he thought of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. Dylan replied, "That's my kind of music!" Lots of folks could say the same. The band — Michael Doucet, David Doucet, Billy Ware,Tommy Alesi, Jimmy Breaux and Mitch Reed — has spent 30-plus years dedicated to preserving the Cajun style, and blending elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, and more into a tasty musical mix.

From the publisher:

For their first studio release in four years, and the 25th in their 37-year career, BeauSoleil teamed up with Nashville-based roots music label Compass Records. The band named the new album From Bamako to Carencro, a title which alludes to the cultural and migratory connection between Bamako, in Mali, West Africa, and Louisiana (symbolized in name by the Lafayette, Louisiana suburb of Carencro), a connection that draws a sonic bloodline back to BeauSoleil's roots. On the album's 11 tracks, the band performs with a resounding authenticity all the while bringing a refreshed playfulness to the genre—the fiddle, flat-picked guitar and accordion carry driving melodies over the two-step and waltz dance beats characteristic of their Cajun and Zydeco music, but not without the country, jazz and blues leanings that informed the genre in the 1940s. They channel the godfathers of other music as well by including a Cajun/La La-style reimagining of James Brown's classic 1962 Live at the Apollo version of "I'll Go Crazy" and a swing version of John Coltrane's tune-de-force "Bessie's Blues." Guitarist David Doucet even tucks an occasional Lester Flatt-style bluegrass G-run into his highly melodic guitar solos.

From the Prairie Home Companion archives

“Les Barres de la Prison”:




From Bamako to Carencro (COM4591)
Performed by BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Appearing courtesy of Compass Records Group, Inc.
www.compassrecords.com

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