Smart Bets: Lost Bayou Ramblers

If you're a fan of Cajun music, then south Louisiana-based Lost Bayou Ramblers (with its fiddle, standup bass and French vocabulary) are an easy sell. If you're not of fan of Franco-Americana, the relentless two-step beat or the omnipresent accordion, Lost Bayou Ramblers may still be for you. They were nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music category in 2008, but instead of coasting on that success, the band's new record, Mammoth Waltz, builds on traditional sounds while incorporating new influences — like collaborations with Violent Femmes vocalist Gordon Gano, New Orleans singer-songwriter/pianist Dr. John and actress-turned-chanteuse Scarlett Johansson. The group brings its big sound and even bigger charm to Jack of the Wood on Tuesday, July 3. 9 p.m., $7.


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