Can the new generation of energetic, innovative Lafayette artists reshaping the traditional sounds of Cajun music cross over to the huge fan base of current successful string band acts like Mumford and Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Avett Brothers? Geoffrey Himes of NPR Music thinks it is a distinct possibility.
“If those kids will embrace Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers — as well as related bands like Old Crow Medicine Show, Uncle Earl, The Wailin’ Jennys and Carolina Chocolate Drops — might they also embrace the new wave of Cajun bands that have emerged around Lafayette, La.? After all, bands such as the Pine Leaf Boys, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Feufollet and the Red Stick Ramblers play their string-band instruments with the same contagious momentum as their better-known counterparts.”
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