"The best Cajun band in the world"—Garrison Keillor
Over three decades of exploring the panorama of Louisiana music, BeauSoleil and leader Michael Doucet have re-created a culture and become its ambassadors. They're named not for sunshine but for Joseph Broussard dit Beausoleil, the leader of the Acadian resistance to British deportation efforts beginning in 1755. You can come to a BeauSoleil concert to party or to experience musical history through the group's mix of Cajun, zydeco, country, blues, bluegrass, Tex-Mex, and Afro-Caribbean sounds! Cajun bands come and go, but BeauSoleil endures and just keeps getting better. BeauSoleil's latest, "Alligator Purse," their first studio project since 2004, snared the band its 11th Grammy nomination. This 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.