Le Grand Bleu offers a portrait of the Bluerunners as a mature ensemble presenting a fresh approach to roots rock. Translated as “The Big Blue,” the recording is an excursion into Americana via Southwest Louisiana: part Southern urban folk, part traditional Cajun, and part no-holds-barred rock with a definitive edge.
Le Grand Bleu is unmistakably a rock record, but with a first-class Cajun pedigree. It was recorded at the legendary LaLouisianne Studios with second-generation engineer David Rachou and recorded and mixed at Dockside with Tony Daigle (who has produced records of note in Louisiana from BB King’s most recent to the Grammy-award-winning Beausoleil CD L’Amour Ou La Folie.) Accordionist Adrian Huval, of the Huval family band Jambalaya, was recruited as a band member. Bluesman Sonny Landreth and Beausoleil leader and fiddler Michael Doucet make guest appearances on Le Grand Bleu. Internationally recognized folklore photographer Philip Gould provided the cover picture. Nonetheless, the anticipation for the new CD is considerably wider, extending well into what Southwest Louisiana calls “the other forty-nine.”