Arnaudville’s Bayou Teche Brewing, in collaboration with Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Lafayette Convention and visitors commission and Louisiana Folk Roots is releasing En Francais – Cajun and Creole Rock and Roll. The music CD is a compilation of 14 classic rock songs performed entirely in Cajun French.
Said Michot, “When it comes to preserving the Cajun French language, music has always played a huge part. When people want to learn our language, and a lot of them happen to be musicians, where do they start, do they start with the music or with the language? We took well-know classic rock tunes and performed them entirely in Cajun French. Most listeners already know the English lyrics to these songs and can say to themselves, I know what that means in English, now I can say it in Cajun French.”
Reflects Michot, “We were very fortunate to have such talented local bands show such an interest in this project – we have several Grammy nominees on this CD. Corey Ledet recorded Hey Joe and Roadhouse Blues, Bonsoir Catin did You’re No Good and Oh Darling. The Les Malfecteurs did versions of Money (That’s what I Want) and Wooly Bully and Feufollet recorded the Four Top’s Reach out (I’ll be There) and Big Star’s In the Street. Cedric Watson did a cover of The Beatles” Revolution, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys recorded Neil Young’s Down by the River,. Isle Derniere has a version of Iron Man on the CD and the Lost Bayou Ramblers performs My Generation and I Love Rock and Roll. Also Brother Dege finishes the CD with a slide guitar version of The Star Spangled Banner.
Says Bayou Teche’s brewmaster Karlos Knott, “One morning, Louis and I were drinking too many cups café noir at my kitchen table. Reflecting on the challenges our beautiful Cajun French language is facing, we wanted to create something that would not only help preserve our native French, but inspire people to learn it and pass it on. We also thought the project should be fun not only for the listener, but also would be fun for us to do.” The pair decided to record several popular classic rock songs in Cajun French. The songs on the CD are performed by nine of Acadiana’s best known Cajun and Creole recording artists.