|Genres:||Cajun & Zydeco Documentaries|
|Tags:||cajun zydeco blues louisiana accordian friendly accordian-friendly squeezeboxable|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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14 February 1951, Scott, near Lafayette, Louisiana, USA. Following a family tradition, Doucet played music from his earliest years, mastering banjo at the age of five and guitar at eight. Like others of the era he was influenced by rock music, although Cajun music was ever-present. Doucet played in folk rock bands with his cousin, Zachary Richard, at the age of 12, then joined a Cajun rock group. In 1974, he and Richard visited France and after his return to the USA he learned violin, which quickly became his principal instrument. He also still plays guitar as well as mandolin and accordion, and he also sings.
Deeply influenced by older musicians, such as Amédé Ardoin and especially Dennis McGee who became a friend, Doucet and a group of like-minded friends formed a band in 1975, naming it Coteau. He also formed BeauSoleil with Kenneth Richard and Sterling Richard in 1977. With BeauSoleil, Doucet blended elements of traditional...