Southern rock icons The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band announced the “Fire on the Mountain” tour, a national road show that will bring together two of the genre’s most beloved musical legends.

The tour hits the road this spring and will continue throughout 2020 with more than 20 live concert dates taking place by the year’s end.

 

“The idea of us touring again with the CDB leads to all kinds of possibilities,” says MTB lead singer Doug Gray. “It’s not just about the music, but also the friendships and the reunion with the fans who’ve been with us for many years. We’ll be playing all of our hit songs as well as material from an upcoming re-released vinyl album.”

The tour title is a nod to The Marshall Tucker Band’s 1978 hit song, “Fire on the Mountain,” as well as The Charlie Daniels Band’s 1974 platinum-selling album of the same name.
“We have played more shows with the MTB through the years than any other band and have worked together for over forty years,” adds Daniels. “We have so much history and so many memories and the music is so compatible that when we get together, the audience, CDB and MTB have a big ole southern-style good time.”

The tour kicks-off on April 23 in Enid, OK at the Stride Bank Center.

Fellow southern rock group the Scooter Brown Band will join the CDB and MTB on select dates.

The “Fire on the Mountain” tour is booked exclusively by APA Nashville.

“Fire on the Mountain” Tour Schedule:

April 23 – Enid, OK – Stride Bank Center (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
April 24 – Salina, KS – Tony’s Pizza Event Center (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
April 30 – Moon, PA – UPMC Events Center
May 1 – Washington D.C. – Warner Theater
May 2 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
May 3 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre
May 7 – Waterbury, CT – Palace Theatre
May 8 – Morristown, NJ – Mayo Performing Arts Center
May 9 – Westbury, NY – Theatre at Westbury
May 14 – Jackson, TN – Carl Perkins Civic Center
May 23 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
Aug 14 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
Aug 28 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
Aug 30 – Webster, MA – Indian Ranch (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
Sept 4 – Huron, SD – South Dakota State Fair
Sept 5 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
Sept 11 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre
Sept 19 – St. Charles, MO – The Family Arena (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
Sept 24 – Meridian, MS – Riley Center for the Performing Arts
Nov 6 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre (w/ Scooter Brown Band)
Nov 7 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall (w/ Scooter Brown Band)

Throughout history, philosophers, politicians, thinkers, leaders, and artists ponder the same question. At one point, they all query, “Why are we here?” Michael Doucet offers what might be the answer…

“To have a good time,” he grins. “That’s why we’re here. It’s pretty simple when you break it down.”

The GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, artist, founder of BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, National Endowment of the Arts Fellow, and Cajun legend crafts the quintessential Louisiana soundtrack to a good time on his new solo album, Lâcher Prise, due out on Compass Records on February 14, 2020. Joined by Sarah Quintana [vocals, guitar], Chad Viator [guitar], Chris French [bass], and Jim Kolacek [drums], he stirs up a sweet and simmering brew of Acadian tradition, swamp soul, and infectious grooves.

“In French, Lâcher Prise means ‘let go’,” Doucet explains. “It’s also a Buddhist term. When it came to making this music, it was just total freedom. The new songs were different from what I typically do, so we formed a group of great people and musicians. I’ve reached a point in my life and career where I can do whatever the hell I want to do. There’s freedom for everybody because of the mutual respect though.”

Fittingly, the seeds of the band can be traced back to Mardi Gras 2018. Ambling around the streets of New Orleans among friends, Michael found himself at a favorite local watering hole. Amidst the costumed crowd, “a girl in a pink wig and dress”struck up a conversation with him about everything from relationships to music. That girl happened to be Sarah.

“We played, and it was just magic,” he recalls. “We did our first gig two weeks later. It was funny because when we met after the party, I didn’t even recognize her without the wig,” he laughs.

The new band, now known as Michael Doucet avec Lâcher Prise, recorded the ten songs comprising the debut in just three days at Dockside in Maurice, Louisiana, a hallowed studio that has hosted everyone from Dr. John to Allen Toussaint, and Rod Stewart to Arcade Fire. The triumvirate of Doucet, Viator, and Compass Records co-founder Garry West produced, and friends including Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa), and Jim Hoke (NRBQ) lent their respective talents to the end result.

Michael Doucet avec Lacher Prise Photo: L. Freese

Together, they tapped into a distinct and dynamic vibe evocative of the region.

“This isn’t necessarily Cajun music; it’s Southwest Louisiana music,” Doucet says. “This is music we like to play, and we have a lot of fun doing it. We let the magic happen. There was a total live feeling.”

The opener “Water, Water” coasts along on waves of fiddle and accordion before culminating on a hummable chant. Under this deluge of energy, the track tells an unbelievable story.

“We obviously have a problem with water in Louisiana,” he says. “About three years ago, there was a thunderstorm over Lafayette and the Parish, raining 24 inches in 24 hours. It flooded everything. I had to go rescue my daughter-in-law. When I came back, my friends got flooded. The chorus just came to me.”

Harnessing uncontainable energy, the group tracked Boozoo Chavis’ “Lula Lula Don’t You Go to Bingo,” with its rollicking rhythms, vocal call-and-response, and Doucet’s spirited fiddle, in just one take. Elsewhere, “Walkin’ on a Mardis Gras Day” strolls through a steady marching-band beat as Michael’s deep delivery takes hold on what he describes as “one of the truest love songs I’ve ever written, in a way — not about losing or gaining love, but just being in love.”

 “Bad Woman” integrates a Spanish flair as it paints a portrait of a fiery femme fatale. Then, there’s “Marie Catin.” Alternating between French verses and an English refrain, it nods to tradition as it transmits a relatable message: “You have me under your skin, so you can never forget me, but now I have you under my skin. ”Everything culminates on “Cajun Gypsy.” A collaboration with Turtle Island Quartet, the instrumental illuminates both the virtuosity of the Quartet and the ‘Lâcher Prise’ spirit of Doucet’s fiddle.

The new band (an ancillary project to BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet) reflects the spirit of its founder’s own legacy, while at the same time treading new territory. Throughout a career spanning four decades, dozens of albums, and hundreds upon hundreds of gigs, Michael has fueled the beating heart of Cajun music. Fronting BeauSoleil, he has received 12 GRAMMY® nominations, notched two wins, and made history as the “first Cajun band to win a GRAMMY®.”

“My aura, my life, and my music are wrapped up in this culture,” he says. “I want to lay a groundwork for young people to learn about it. The culture permeates me. That’s my philosophy. I’m being true and transparent.”

Lâcher Prise ultimately provides another avenue for the expression of his truth.

“Some of the record is cerebral, but it’s got a different feeling overall,” he leaves off. “All of the musicians are amazing. It’s not just my record; it’s ours. I have so much confidence in those guys and gal. Most of all, I hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as we did making it.”

BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

*Feature image Holly Brown

January 6th was 12th Night, the first day of Carnival season, a period of partying parades and self indulgences that climaxes, and theoretically ends on Mardi Gras. To celebrate here’s a video of Louisiana’s Lost Bayou Ramblers performing live at Preservation Hall in New Orleans — the next best thing to being there.

Meanwhile the Ramblers will be accompanying original Pogues members Spider Stacy and Cait O’Riordan, on their first proper tour of select U.S. markets playing the iconic songs of the Pogues under the banner of “Poguetry.” The Ramblers will be playing their own set to kick shows off.

Spider has been singing and playing tin whistle backed by the Ramblers since 2015 and in 2018 added O’Riordan to the mix after they played together again at Shane MacGowan’s 60th birthday celebrations at the Irish National Concert Hall that year.

The Pogues emerged out of London in the early 1980’s, playing an incendiary music that merged punk rock ferocity and Irish lyricism, an intoxicating rush of accordions, banjos and tin whistles driven by a locked-tight rock n roll rhythm section and gathering lifelong fans along the way including Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and The Clash’s Joe Strummer — who even fronted the band for a while.

Spider relocated to New Orleans 10 years ago where he has been slowly working on a Pogues Musical with The Deuce and The Wire production team David Simon and George Pelecanos, and New York Times best-selling author Laura Lippman.

“I saw the Ramblers play back in 2011 and immediately recognized them as kindred spirits,” says Stacy. “I felt they’d be a fantastic vehicle to give the old songs some new life. I’m not ready to stop playing live but at the same time I don’t think the world needs any new music from me, so this works nicely. Bringing Cáit in just took us up another level.”

This pairing has given stand-out performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest, Lafayette’s Festival Internationale and raucous annual Christmas shows in New Orleans.

Lafayette, Louisiana’s Grammy-winning Lost Bayou Ramblers just celebrated their 20th anniversary as a group. They released a deluxe DVD/CD package comprising the On Va Continuer! documentary on the band and its mission to preserve and promote the Cajun French culture and language through their music and the Asteur live album recorded in 7 venues around New Orleans.

After being awarded a Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music for Kalenda – which features a guest spot from Spider -the group issued the Rodents of Unusual Size (Music from the Motion Picture) featuring their original score for this documentary. Soon after, they composed and recorded another original score, this one for director Brian C Miller Richard’s feature film Lost Bayou. Other film credits include contributions to the Oscar-nominated Beasts Of The Southern Wild. They ended 2019 with New Orleans’ Gambit Weekly’s Big Easy Awards naming them “Entertainers of the Year.”
Poguetry/Lost Bayou Ramblers 2020 Tour
Feb 28 – Tipitina’s New Orleans, LA
March 5 – City Winery, Boston MA
March 6 – City Winery, Philadelphia, PA
March 7 – Black Cat, Washington DC
March 8 – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
March 12 – City Winery, Atlanta, GA
March 13 – City Winery, Nashville, TN
March 14 – Ready Room, St. Louis, MO

Lost Bayou Ramblers

*Feature image Zack Smith