Doc Lou & The Roosters
-- "International Blues Challenge" Memphis 2023 --
-- Winner IBC "Toulouse Blues Society" 2022 --
-- "French Blues Challenge" Finalists 2021 --
The alligators of the Louisiana bayous and the flamingos of the Aude delta meet for an energetic show the way we like them. The harmonicist & singer DOC LOU, backed by the genious Jeff HUG (guitars) and Michel GERONIMO (percussions) produces a unique blues issued from the tradition but with his eyes firmly on the future. Get on board for an adventurous boiling-hot road trip!
The trio does not hesitate to stray off the beaten path and to mix genres: Louisiana and Swamp blues, Texas beats and Southern rock. This blend gave life to a strong cocktail of original songs, sometimes stripped down, sometimes wild, in which the songwriter sings about his wanderlust, guardian angels and his journeys of initiation and exaltation.
The artist paid his dues in Paris and in the United States between 2010 and 2015. In love with Louisiana and Mississippi, he hung out with several local blues luminaries, all the while putting together his own band. Having settled in the South of France in 2015, he recorded several albums of original tunes: Crowing Blues (2019) and the follow up Back to Louisiana (2021) in which he explores the rich tradition of southern music.
The band’s reputation was forged on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean sea, reputation due in no small part to the sidemen’s thirty year reputation in the region. The trio’s originality resides in its unusual instrumentation: unexpected percussions, creative vocal harmonies and a variety of guitar styles, from slide to finger-picking. The artist mixes his own crooner’s voice to zydeco accordion-like sounds extracted from his magical “mouth organ”.
Their influences are the best that the bayous have produced, such as : Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Professor Longhair, Clifton Chenier as well as other Gulf Coast figures like Tony Joe White, Billy Gibbons, Omar Dykes, Kim Wilson and Jimmy Vaughan. With our three wild southern roosters, the bayou gators have better watch out!