David Doucet - Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Breaux - Accordion
Billy Ware - Percussion
Tommy Alesi - Drums
Mitch Reed - Fiddle, Bass
- Bob Dylan, upon listening to BeauSoleil during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival was asked "what do you think about BeauSoleil's music?" Dylan replied "That's my kind of music!"
Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over.
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
March 2009, Rosebud News
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.
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.