In 2008, Lost Bayou Ramblers earned a Grammy nomination in the “Best Zydeco or Cajun Music” category for their live album Live: A La Blue Moon. Not bad for the band from Pilette, Louisiana, but the Ramblers never wanted to be pigeonholed in the “traditional” category. I first found them via 2012’s Mammoth Waltz, an album that truly pushed their zydeco/Cajun hybrid into new territory. Produced by the Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano (and featuring Dr. John and, uh, Scarlett Johansson), Mammoth combined roots with psychedelia, like some sort of southern Louisiana fever dream.
The band’s irreverent take on tradition extends to their free-wheeling live show. A few years ago, the Ramblers offered up a Cajun-ized version of the Who’s “My Generation” live in our Studio 1A. Sung in a mixture of French and Cajun, “Ma Generation” sports accordion and fiddle, but it’s no less powerful or pertinent, thanks to the convention-defying Lost Bayou Ramblers. Download the song below and catch the band tonight at the Continental Club.