10 Grammy Nominations for Rosebud Artists!
We're thrilled to announce that Rosebud Artists received 10 Grammy nominations for this year's awards taking place on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles. Artists honored with nominations include Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet for Alligator Purse (Best Zydeco Or Cajun Music Album). Please see the full entry >>
Rosebud has been fortunate in that generally our artists score between 4 and 6 Grammy nominations every year but 10 is definitely a new record and we are Thrilled, especially considering the fact that Rosebud artists only released 14 eligible CDs this past year. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Allen Toussaint and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Selected By Offbeat Magazine as the #2 & #3 CDs of 2009
Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi and Alligator Purse by BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have been selected by Offbeat Magazine as #2 and #3 in CDs of 2009 (see full list). Both albums are critically acclaimed: The Bright Mississippi was hailed by The New Yorker as "A smoldering instrumental collection of jazz standards and Big Easy fare.." The Boston Globe proclaims BeauSoleil "finds freshness not by infusing vintage styles with contemporary sonics but with vibrant, thoughtful fusions."
Also in the Top 40 are Buckwheat Zydeco's Lay Your Burden Down, which is graced by solos from Trombone Shorty, and Rising Sun by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux. The Big Chief will be joining two Rosebud tours: BeauSoleil's 35th Anniversary Tour as well as Marcia Ball and The Voice of the Wetlands All Stars shows, coming to Performing Arts Centers in the 2010-2011 season.
BeauSoleil’s Michael Doucet To Appear With The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band At G20 Summit Reception
Michael Doucet will appear with The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (with Wilson Savoy sitting in for Marc Savoy) as one of the Global Ambassadors of Louisiana Music & Culture who will be performing for leaders from around the globe at a VIP reception during the G20 Summit. Celebrating a new chapter in America’s leadership on climate change, guests include G20 delegates and diplomats, Obama administration officials and CEOs of environmental, labor and youth organizations. The event is hosted by the U.S. Climate Action Network and Teresa Heinz and Senator John Kerry are Honorary Hosts. It will take place at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA on September 23, 2009. President Barack Obama is also scheduled to appear at the event.
Rosebud Artists Everywhere At New Orleans Jazz Fest
Rosebud Artists could be found performing in a wide variety of formats during the 40th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (April 24 - May 3).
BeauSoleil also played to a huge audience at the Festival's Acura Stage as well as headlining shows in nearby Jefferson and Mandeville and a surprise 10:30am outdoor appearance at the Community Coffee shop. Billed as "Brunch with BeauSoleil," the group surprised Fest ticket holders and neighborhood coffee drinkers alike with a fantastic acoustic set just blocks away from the Fairgrounds... read full story >>
Rosebud Artists Honored With 2009 Big Easy Music Awards Nominations
Trombone Shorty, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and BeauSoleil are all being recognized for their achievements at the 2009 Big Easy Music Awards in New Orleans on April 19, 2009. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's influential history is being acknowledged by awarding them the Music Heritage Award. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue are nominated for Best Funk Band and Trombone Shorty himself is nominated for Best Male Performer, a category he won last year. Trombone Shorty also makes a guest appearance on Best Album of 2008 finalist - City That Care Forgot by Dr. John & the Lower 911. BeauSoleil is nominated for Best Cajun Band, a category that they have dominated in the past with 10 previous wins. Best of luck to all the nominees!
Grammy Congratulations! Allen Toussaint, The Blind Boys of Alabama, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, Bill Frisell, Trombone Shorty, and James Burton
Grammy Congratulations to Allen Toussaint who was awarded the Grammy Trustees Award, performed on the live TV broadcast and was the featured public interviewee Thursday for the Grammys Legends series! Allen's song "Fortune Teller" is also featured on the Robert Plant / Allison Krauss Raising Sand CD - the big winner at the Grammys this year. The Blind Boys of Alabama were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and also won their 5th Grammy for their Down In New Orleans CD. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet were also Grammy winners for their Live CD from the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band joined Allen Toussaint and Lil Wayne on the Grammy telecast. Also nominated for Grammys were Marcia Ball, Bill Frisell and Michael Doucet for his solo CD. Trombone Shorty was featured on Dr. John's Grammy winning City That Care Forgot and James Burton, who performs in Jim Lauderdale's Dream Payers band, shared the Grammy for Best Country Instrumental for Cluster Pluck. In addition, the Grammys Louisiana luncheon featured appearances and performances from The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Allen Toussaint and Michael Doucet. Congratulations All!
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Win Big At New Orleans' 2008 Best of the Beat Awards
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet won their record 13th Best Cajun Band or Performer award at New Orleans' Best of the Beat Awards. Michael Doucet himself was also honored with the award for Best Cajun Album for his solo CD, From Now On,, as well as winning the award for Best Violin/Fiddle. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue won Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer for the second year in a row. Trombone Shorty himself picked up an award for Best Trumpet and is a featured guest on Dr. John's City That Care Forgot album which won for Album of the Year and Best R&B/Funk Album. Congratulations to all the winners!
The 2008 Best of the Beat Award Winners were announced Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the House of Blues in New Orleans. The awards recognize the best in New Orleans music. Nominees are selected by the editors and writers of OffBeat magazine and the public votes for the winners.
Rosebud Artists Honored With New Orleans Best of The Beat Nominations
Rosebud Artists are once again figuring prominently among those honored with nominations for Best of The Beat Awards presented by OffBeat magazine, recognizing the best of New Orleans music. Nominees are selected by the editors and writers of OffBeat and the public has the opportunity to vote for the winners. Vote here as the polls close January 22. The awards take place January 31 at the House of Blues in New Orleans.
Rosebud Artists nominated are Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue for Best R&B / Funk Band or Performer - a category they won last year. Trombone Shorty himself is nominated for his third Artist / Band of the Year award and for Best Trumpet player. Also nominated for Best R&B / Funk Band are Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, who have recently joined the Rosebud roster. Jon Cleary is also nominated for Best Piano / Keyboards player. Dr. John's City That Care Forgot, which features a guest performance by Trombone Shorty, is nominated for both Album of the Year and Best R&B / Funk Album. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band have been nominated for Best Brass Band, a category they have won a number of times in the past. Best Cajun Band or Performer nominees include 12-time winners BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet. Michael Doucet's solo CD, From Now On, is nominated for Best Cajun Album and Michael is also nominated for a Violin / Fiddle award.
Best of luck to all the nominees!
Rosebud Artists Score 5+ Grammy Nominations
Rosebud Artists captured 5+ Grammy nominations for the upcoming 51st Grammy Awards. Artists were honored in the following categories.
Best Contemporary Blues Album - Marcia Ball's Peace, Love and BBQ
Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Bill Frisells History, Mystery.
Our heartiest Congratulations and sincere Best of Luck to all the nominees.
BeauSoleil's Alligator Purse Out January 20, 2009
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, the best known and most highly respected Cajun band in the world, make their Yep Roc Records debut with the release of Alligator Purse, their first studio project since 2004. The inspired and eclectic disc features inventive reinterpretations of Cajun classics by such Louisiana legends as Dennis McGee and Amédé Ardoin, as well as fresh reworkings of songs by Muddy Waters and JJ Cale. Among the many guests joining the band for select tracks are Natalie Merchant, Garth Hudson, John Sebastian, Happy and Artie Traum, Bill Keith, Jim Weider and Roswell Rudd. BeauSoleil have a Grammy win and 10 nominations over their 30-plus year career and are one of the most frequent guests on National Public Radio's legendary program, A Prairie Home Companion. Watch for BeauSoleil touring extensively throughout 2009 and beyond.
Michael Doucet Solo CD From Now On released by Smithsonian Folkways
On April 22nd, Smithsonian Folkways released From Now On, the latest solo CD by Michael Doucet, Grammy winning leader and founding member of BeauSoleil. Featuring Doucet on fiddle, octave violin, guitar and accordion, From Now On is an engaging musical portrait of Southern Louisiana performed by one of Cajun music's most esteemed figures. A variety of styles are represented on the set, from a Creole interpretation of Allen Toussaint's "Everthing I Do Gonna Be Funky", to the traditional songs of legends Denis McGee and Canray Fontenot, songs Doucet learned from the masters themselves. Doucet's contributions to the preservation of Cajun heritage have earned him the distinction of both The National Heritage Fellowship, awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts in 2005, as well as the honor of being named one of the first recipients of the United States Artists Fellowship Grant in 2007. Internationally acclaimed as the preeminent Cajun ensemble, Doucet and BeauSoleil will be touring throughout the Spring and Summer of 2008, and beyond....see tour dates >>
Michael and David Doucet of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet are prominently featured in the new album, A New Orleans Visit: Before Katrina (Arhoolie Records). The albums 18 tracks consist of live recordings taken from documentary film footage shot in New Orleans in April 2005 for a film about Arhoolie Records. Michael and David Doucet appear together on 9 of the 18 tracks on the album, including spontaneous performances as a duo and with clarinetist Sammy Rimington, singer/bass drummer Lionel Batiste Sr. and guitarist Lars Edgran. Michael Doucet also accompanies Sammy Rimington and Sunpie Barnes on several additional tracks. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will be touring extensively throughout the U.S. in 2008 ..see tour dates >>
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Marcia Ball Featured Guests on A Prairie Home Companion
This past weekend (February 23), legendary blues pianist and singer Marcia Ball and the eclectic and electric Cajuns, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. Hosted by Garrison Keillor, the program is heard by more than 4 million listeners on some 580 public radio stations on America One and the Armed Forces Networks in Europe and the Far East. Marcia performed songs from her much anticipated new album Peace, Love & BBQ, in stores on April 8. BeauSoleil has a long relationship with the show and are among the most frequently featured guests.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and BeauSoleil Honored at Offbeat Awards
Rosebud artists Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet were honored at Offbeat Magazine's 2007 Best of the Beat Awards in New Orleans on January 12th. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue took home the award for Best R&B/Funk Band or Performer. Trombone Shorty took home his second consecutive award for Band or Performer of the Year. BeauSoleil was once again awarded Best Cajun Band or Performer making this their record 12th win. Offbeat Magazine Awards celebrates Louisiana music and is determined by readers in an online poll.
Michael Doucet Awarded United States Artists Grant
Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil was recently awarded a 2007 grant from United States Artists, a foundation dedicated to nurture, support and strengthen America's finest living artists. National leaders in business, the academic world and the arts founded United States Artists in 2005. Recipients are drawn from the world of music, literature, film, dance and the visual arts and include such distinguished artists as Don Byron, Bill T Jones, Meredith Monk, Jason Moran and Rosebud artist Bill Frisell (2006). In addition to this honor, Mr. Doucet is also the recipient of a 2005 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
BeauSoleil and Dirty Dozen are repeat winners at Best of The Beat Awards
Rosebud artists were honored once again at offBeat Magazine's Best Of The Beat Awards in New Orleans on January 25, 2007. BeauSoleil continued their dominance in the Best Cajun Band category and also picked up Best Cajun Album for their recent CD BeauSoleil: Live in Louisiana (Way Down in Louisiana). As in past years, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band ruled the Best Brass Band Album category, picking up an award for their latest CD on Shout Factory, What's Going On. The Best of the Beat Awards are chosen by New Orleans music fans and offBeat.com and offBeat Weekly readers from around the world.
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet Celebrates their 30th Anniversary With The Release of "Beausoleil: Live in Louisiana"
Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet celebrates their 30th Anniversary with the release of Beausoleil: Live in Louisiana. Recorded during a pair of anniversary shows on January 11 and 12 in Louisiana, the album features songs from across the Cajun and Creole cultural spectrum and is dedicated to the people of Louisiana. Two tracks in particular, "L'Ouragon (The Hurricane)" and "Conja (New Orleans 1786)" pay homage to New Orleans. Beausoleil: Live in Louisiana is available at select retailers or online at www.waydowninlouisiana.com.
Michael Doucet receives 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellowship
BeauSoleil founder, Michael Doucet, is one of twelve artists who have been awarded the prestigious National Heritage Fellowship by The National Endowment for the Arts. The award is the country's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. Awardees are chosen for their artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and contributions to their field. Doucet and other recipients will attend a series of events in September, including the awards presentation on Capitol Hill and a concert on September 23rd at George Washington University. Doucet joins prior Heritage fellows such as B.B. King, Doc Watson and Bill Monroe, as well as current and former Rosebud artists respectively, The Blind Boys of Alabama and the late John Lee Hooker.
BeauSoleil & The Dirty Dozen Repeat At Big Easy Awards
For the 10th time in the 18 year history of Gambit Weekly's Big Easy Entertainment Awards, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet won the Best Cajun Band Category. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also took home honors, winning Best Brass Band once again. The Big Easy Awards honor the best of what New Orleans has to offer in Music and Theater. Winners and honorees were feted in New Orleans at The Municipal Auditorium on April 18, 2005.
BeauSoleil and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Honored at New Orleans' 2005 Best Of The Beat Awards
Once again, Rosebud artists were honored at offBeat Magazine's Best Of The Beat Awards in New Orleans on January 21, 2005. BeauSoleil extended their rule in the Best Cajun Band category and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band repeated their dominance at last year's ceremony with two more wins in the Brass Band category for Best Band and Best Album for their latest on Ropedope Records, "Funeral For A Friend".
BeauSoleil - Live From The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
(from ShoutFactory.com) ... 30 years into his career, BeauSoleils Michael Doucet is Cajun music to most people. The fiddler, singer and songwriter plays dozens of gigs with BeauSoleil every year, gets massive exposure on NPR - including a long-running relationship with A Prairie Home Companion - and has won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk Album. His band, which mixes traditional Cajun music with folk-rock, zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country and blues, is just as accomplished. Despite their success as an album act, they are truly in their element on stage. And theres no better way to experience them live than at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
This DVD, BeauSoleils first,captures the bands electrifying performance at the 2002 JazzFest and is a must-own for fans of Cajun and roots music.
Rosebud Agency Artists Receive / Collaborators in 8 Grammy Nominations
Rosebud artists have once again scored big in the just announced Grammy nominations as they have been honored directly, or as participants in 8 nods spread over the Blues, Gospel, Folk and Alternative categories. The Blind Boys of Alabama follow their back-to-back-to-back Grammy wins with shared nominations for both Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for their collaboration with Ben Harper on There Will Be a Light and for Best Gospel Performance for the title track from that album. Charlie Musselwhite scored his 7th Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album with Sanctuary. Beausoleils Gitane Cajun garnered their 10th Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album. Mavis Staples makes an appearance in all three genres. She received a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance for her collaboration with Dr. John on the song "Lay My Burden Down," (which also features The Dirty Dozen Brass Band) from Dr. Johns "Nawlinz Dis Dat Or Dudda," additionally nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Mavis is also the featured artist performing "Hard Times Come Again No More" from the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster which has been nominated for Best Traditional Folk Album. In addition to backing Mavis and Dr. John (as well as Dr. John, B.B. King and Willie Nelson on another track from the same CD) The Dirty Dozen are also featured on Modest Mouses Good News For People Who Love Bad News which scored a nomination for Best Alternative Album.
The Grammy Awards will be held on February 15, 2005. more info at Grammy.com >>
BeauSoleil Featured on "Christmas Gumbo" Holiday CD!
Grammy winners and renowned Cajun music masters, BeauSoleil, contribute the song, "Papa St. Nick", to the holiday CD release, Christmas Gumbo. Other Louisiana notables featured on the project include Irma Thomas, Aaron Neville, Allan Toussaint, The Subdudes and The Hackberry Ramblers.
BeauSoleil makes Vanguard Records debut with Gitane Cajun, their first studio album since 1999
On September 14, BeauSoleil, one of the best known and most highly respected Cajun bands in the world, made their Vanguard Records debut with the release of Gitane Cajun. Produced by Michael Doucet, David Doucet and David Egan, Gitane Cajun is the bands first studio album since 1999s Grammy nominated Cajunization. Including original Cajun Gypsy tunes (a first), new Cajun two-steps and traditional waltzes, new ballads, early swamp pop, new Cajun swing tunes, Zydeco classics, and heartfelt modern Medieval tunes, the album gives you BeauSoleil at its best.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, DANCING TO NEW ORLEANS is now available on DVD!
Whether you're a long-time aficionado or a recent convert, DANCING TO NEW ORLEANS will give you a great appreciation for the amazing gumbo that is the music of Louisiana. Jam-packed with live performance footage by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, BeauSoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, the Neville Brothers, and many more, DANCING TO NEW ORLEANS is a must-have collector's item for music fans everywhere. Available now on DVD.
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, BeauSoleil, and Ann Savoy Featured On Bravo TV Special
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, and Ann Savoy of The Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band along with several other Louisiana artists will be featured on "Dancing To New Orleans", a two hour television special premiering Sunday, May 11 on Bravo at 9pm ET. The show will take viewers on a musical journey through Louisiana, exploring its cultural landscape through performance and art. All three Rosebud artists (along with six others) recently played New Orleans during the 2003 Jazz & Heritage Festival to great response. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band also performed their own show on all 11 nights of the festival at Twiropa, in the New Orleans warehouse district, with special guests including members of Soulive, Los Lobos and Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Three of those shows were taped for an upcoming live CD.
New Orleans' Offbeat Magazine's Best Of The Beat Awards Honor BeauSoleil, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Ann Savoy of Savoy Doucet Cajun Band
BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet took the honors as Best Cajun Cajun Band - an honor that is bestowed upon them basically every year. If you want to see the Best Cajun Band there is - it's BeauSoleil. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band scored 2 wins including Best Brass Band. The city is known for it's brass bands but The Dozen is the best, and it was their innovative work that revitalized the genre. The Dozen also collected the award for Best Brass Album by a Louisiana Artist for their Medicated Magic CD which features Norah Jones, John Bell of Widespread Panic, Robert Randolph, Dr. John and DJ Logic. Also honored was Ann Savoy of The Savoy Doucet Cajun Band for producing the Best Cajun Album by a Louisiana Artist. Ann and Savoy Doucet perform on the CD along with contributions from Linda Ronstadt, John Fogerty, Richard Thompson, and Nick Lowe. The awards were given out at the annual Offbeat Best Of The Beat Awards in New Orleans on February 7.
BeauSoleil's Best From Rhino Out February 11
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet will release a decade's worth of favorites from Rhino Entertainment entitled ENCORE, ENCORE!! THE BEST OF BEAUSOLEIL (1991-2001) on February 11. The package features 19 songs and 75 minutes of great music from America's premier Cajun band, including three songs from the Grammy-winning album L'Amour Ou La Folie as well as tracks from Cajun Conja, L'Echo, Cajunization, La Danse De La Vie, and Looking Back Tomorrow. To see the band live, check tour dates.
BeauSoleil Continues Dominance In Big Easy Awards Best Cajun Band Category
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet were nominated for Cajun Band of the year in 2002 Big Easy Entertainment Awards hosted by Gambit Weekly. BeauSoleil has won the category 9 times before and rules that don't allow anyone to win more than five consecutive times have provided the rare opportunities for other bands to win the award. The awards will be held Monday, April 22 at the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Riverside New Orleans Hotel.
BeauSoleil Honors For Best Cajun Band / Best Cajun CD in Offbeat Awards
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet won two "Best of the Beat" Awards sponsored by the popular New Orleans music weekly Offbeat. Recognizing the best of Louisiana music, the awards for "Best Cajun Band" and "Best Cajun Album" (for their 2001 25th Anniversary release Looking Back Tomorrow) were given to the band at Offbeat's 7th Annual Awards ceremony in January.
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Score 9th Grammy Nomination
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet have been nominated in the Traditional Folk category for their Looking Back Tomorrow: BeauSoleil Live! CD. This is the group's 9th nomination; their L'Amour Ou La Folie CD won the Grammy for Traditional Folk in 1998.
BeauSoleil's Spring 2001 Anniversary Tour A Major Success
BeauSoleil's Spring 2001 Anniversary tour was a major success with BeauSoleil being joined by several of their friends, Cindy Cashdollar, Carl Landry, Sonny Landreth, Darol Anger, Daniel Thonon, and Peter Ostruoshko for the celebration. The 25th Anniversary celebration continues with pedal steel player Cindy Cashdollar joining the band on many remaining concert and festival dates throughout 2001. Please see tour dates for upcoming shows. For buyers, we are always up for creating similar packages so feel free to contact us to discuss the possibilities. Thanks to all for a great tour.
Listen to the BeauSoleil appearance on WAMU88.5 FM American University Radio
...For more than twenty-five years, BeauSoleil has been proving that Cajun music is as spicy as Cajun food. Bandmembers join Kojo for a foot-stomping live performance and an exploration of the complex roots of Louisana swamp music.
BeauSoleil 25th Anniversary CD Scores Billboard Rave Spotlight Review
BeauSoleil's new CD, Looking Back Tomorrow: BeauSoleil Live, scores a rave Spotlight review in the Jan 27 issue of Billboard Magazine. The CD, which marks the band's 25th anniversary, was recorded live at Wolf Trap. Among the accolades was the final line "This CD is an hour in the Southern part of heaven." The band will tour throughout the year promoting the CD and the band's anniversary with special guests on many of the dates.
Looking Back Tomorrow: BeauSoleil Live! Due For Release on January 16
Grammy Award Winners, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, will release Looking Back Tomorrow: BeauSoleil Live! on January 16. The CD celebrates the band's 25th anniversary of bringing Cajun music to the world. Recorded live at The Barns At Wolf Trap, the CD also celebrates a return to the first venue outside Louisiana to present the band when, in 1976, they performed at the National Folk Festival.
Five Rosebud Artists Garner Grammy Nominations
Five Rosebud Artists Garnered Grammy Nominations for the 2000 Grammy Awards to be held February 23 in Los Angeles.
Charlie Musselwhite and Ruth Brown each scored their second nominations in the Contemporary and Traditional Blues Categories respectively. Charlie's nomination comes for his Continental Drifter on Pointblank / Virgin while Ruth Brown's honors are for her latest, A Good Day For The Blues, on Bullseye / Rounder.
Robert Cray notched his 11th Grammy nomination for his acclaimed Rykodisc debut, Take Your Shoes Off. This marks his eighth consecutive album to be nominated for a Grammy with four wins to date. Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet scored a nomination in the Contemporary Folk category for their latest on Rhino / Forward, Cajunization. This is BeauSoleil's 8th Grammy nomination - their, L'Amour Ou La Folie, won the Grammy for Traditional Folk in 1998.
Luther Allison, a Rosebud artist until his untimely passing, was nominated in the Contemporary Blues Category for his posthumous release, Live In Chicago, on Alligator Records.
In an earlier announcement, John Lee Hooker was chosen to be honored with the Grammys Lifetime Achievement Award.
BeauSoleil Scores Billboard Cover Story, New CD March 16
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet was featured on the cover of Billboard's February 27 issue in a Jim Bessman story about their upcoming Rhino CD, Cajunization. Cajunization is in stores March 16 and, according to Bessman, features the band broadening their horizons with tastes of Cuban, blues, Hawaiian and even surf music while still never straying too far from their source. Jerry Douglas and Sonny Landreth guest on the CD.
Beausoleil Avec Michael Doucet - Now Nine time winners for Best Cajun Band in New Orleans' Big Easy Awards
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet were honored for the ninth time in ten years as Cajun Band of the year in New Orleans' Big Easy Awards. They missed a year only because the rules don't allow anyone to win more than five consecutive times. Awards was held on Monday April 20th in New Orleans.
BeauSoleil's Long Awaited Grammy Triumph
Finally, on their eighth Grammy Nomination, BeauSoleil won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Record. On accepting the award, Michael Doucet noted that this represented the first Grammy ever won by a Cajun. Doucet joined Asleep At The Wheel, Jo-El Sonnier and Dr. John later for a performance at the official post-Grammy party.
BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet Named Best Cajun Band and their L'Amour Ou La Folie CD named Best Cajun Album
Offbeat Magazine's Best Of The Beat Music Awards, chosen by write in votes from Offbeat Readers, chose BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet as Best Cajun Band and their L'Amour Ou La Folie CD won for Best Cajun Album
People Magazine and New Orleans' Big Easy Awards declare BeauSoleil Best Cajun Group
BeauSoleil's L'Amour Ou La Folie was profiled in People as "Louisiana'a hottest export since Tabasco". In the meantime, the group came home winners again in New Orleans' Big Easy Awards for Best Cajun Group. This was BeauSoleil's eighth win in ten years - why only eight? -rules prevent any artist from winning the same award five years in a row!
Beausoleil Super Bowl Appearance, New CD, Prairie Home Companion date
The six-time Grammy-nominated group releases L'Amour ou la Folie (loosely translated as "Love or Folly") on the Rhino label on January 14. Featuring guest artists (and old friends) Richard Thompson and New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White, the album showcases the group's incomparable Cajun/Creole sound on both traditional and Beausoleil original songs.
BeauSoleil is also scheduled to perform along with Mary Chapin Carpenter for the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXI (Sunday, January 26), which will be hosted by New Orleans in the group's home state of Louisiana.
After the game, the gang heads north to the frozen tundra for a taping of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. The nationally-syndicated radio program features a Beausoleil performance for its February 1st airing.