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Michael Doucet (1996)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1996-02-14

Duration: 00:25:27

Subjects: Doucet, Michael | Music | Cajun music | Fiddlers | Beausoleil (Musical group) | Grateful Dead (Musical group) | Richards, Keith, 1943- | INAUGURATIONS | Carter, Jimmy, 1924- | Clinton, Bill, 1946-


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Fowler, Ken Producer
  • Doucet, Michael Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from February 14, 1996, features an interview with Michael Doucet conducted by Gus Weill. Doucet, a native of Scott, is the lead vocalist and fiddler for the Cajun band BeauSoleil. He discusses: the importance of music in bringing the family together in the Cajun culture; Garrison Keillor and public radio; opening for the Grateful Dead; his friendship with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones; his study of folk music at LSU; studying music in France; grants to trace musicians; Canadian music; his feelings on his Grammy nominations; his family; playing at the inaugurations of President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton; and his hopes for the future. The interview also includes a short fiddle performance.