(Nashville, TN) October 23, 2013 - Cajun supergroup BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and GRAMMY-winning banjoist Alison Brown will be featured on their own respective episodes of PBS’ music adventure series Bluegrass Underground nationwide starting this week. Back in March, both groups performed live at Bluegrass Underground, 333-feet underground in the Volcano Room of the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, TN. Each performance of that live show, which that day also included artists Leon Russell and Ben Sollee, was taped as an episode for PBS broadcast this October, as well as broadcast Saturday nights on the Legend 650 WSM Radio.
With a live show praised earlier this year by Rolling Stone as “stone psychedelia with a striking Cajun accent,” the undisputed “Kings of Cajun Music” BeauSoleil performed a varied setlist that included classics from their GRAMMY-winning catalog like, “Little Darlin’” and “Zydeco Gris Gris,” as well as songs from their their critically-acclaimed new album From Bamako to Carencro (click here to listen) like “Bamako” and “La Douceur” - the latter of which the band invited Alison Brown to perform with them.
Brown can be seen prominently on the cover of last month’s American Profile magazine, perched with her banjo atop a boulder in a special feature on the Bluegrass Underground series. Brown and her quartet’s unique fusion of bluegrass, jazz and folk reverberated through natural acoustics of the Volcano Room, covering material from her entire catalog. “I expected the sound to be much more dark, and I expected the walls of the cave and all the stone to swallow up the sound,” says Brown in the article. “I was surprised by the kind of bright, shimmery high end on the music. I thought it was really beautiful.”
Go to http://www.pbs.org/ to check local broadcast schedules. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Alison Brown are both currently on tour. Click here for tour dates.