Michael Doucet & Cajun Brew

Michael Doucet & Cajun Brew

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Sometime-Beausoleil member Michael Doucet heads a different type of ensemble in Michael Doucet & Cajun Brew. This band is a fusion/rock/pop group, and this release begins with a reworking of "Wooly Bully" and includes covers of "Hey, Good Looking" and "Louie Louie." The roster includes flamboyant, stirring guitarist Sonny Landreth, whose blues-rock leanings are quite evident here. As if aware that there might be questions about allegiances, the group's song roster contains such numbers as "Un Autre Soir Ennuyant" and "Like a Real Cajun" alongside the covers. While they sometimes blurred or hedged their focus, there was enough Cajun flavor in the arrangements, performances and instrumentation to keep purists from grumbling, while they aimed for a wider audience with their joyful rock/pop remakes.

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