Twirl Radio #859 – Louis Michot

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Jim Basnight | Avenue Of The Star | Not Changing
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Final Say | Risk Profile
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Pretenders | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Pretenders II
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | RedWhite&BlueSoBlue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head

Louis Michot interview
Michot’s Melody Makers | Two-Step De Ste. Marie | Blood Moon
Michot’s Melody Makers | La Lune Est Croche | Blood Moon

Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
The Rubinoos | Countdown To Love | 45
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Vegas With Randolph | Three Red Hooks | Legs And Luggage
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Louis Michot is a busy guy. The Louisiana-based Cajun musician has been a bit hard to get ahold of lately, because he’s constantly touring and gigging with several bands, including the Lost Bayou Ramblers, which he co-founded, and the spinoff Michot’s Melody Makers. But we finally pinned him down for a bit, and I had a nice chat with him about the new music.

Michot’s Melody Makers recently released their debut record, “Blood Moon”. The songs are mostly very old Cajun songs, but given a modern treatment. They date back to the days before accordion became a commmon instrument in the genre, and the fiddle was king (incidentally, Louis is a fiddle player). The rock and roll equivalent would be the era before the guitar took over as lead instrument–and saxophones ruled the world.

In the interview, we also find out that there’s going to be a documentary film about the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Louis has yet another band called Soul Creole, and he recently released the first of 12(!) albums from his recent residency at The Stone, John Zorn’s legendary performance space, in New York City. Busy much?

All in all, it was a fun conversation. We heard a couple of his new songs, and then returned to the rock ‘n’ roll right after that. More info at


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