|Genres:||Cajun & Zydeco Cajun / Zydeco R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||cajun zydeco folk louisiana new orleans|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discography discogs official homepage wikidata wikipedia|
Widely considered to be the pre-eminent Cajun band of the 80s and 90s, BeauSoleil (the capitalized S having been added in the 90s) have amassed a substantial discography that features some of the most exciting music extant within the traditional music realm. Rather than contemplate retirement, if anything, their output seems to have increased and intensified during recent years. They were almost entirely responsible for the Cajun music boom of the late 80s when their music was featured extensively in the movie The Big Easy.
Formed in 1975 by musician and songwriter Michael Doucet (4 February 1951, Scott, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA; fiddle/vocals), who had formerly piloted a Cajun group entitled Coteau which he revived in the mid-90s, the regular group additionally comprises brother David Doucet (b. 6 July 1957, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA; guitar/vocals), Tommy Alesi (b. 15 July 1951, San Diego, California, USA; drums), Al Tharp (b....