Inside the coop …

The story behind the sound.

The Music…


Touching and refreshing with a bit of humor, their originals and covers include traditional electric blues, Jump, Boogie, Rag, Rhythm & Blues and a touch of old school Jazz. Vintage blues with lyrics and interpretations that speak to today. As a duo Pascal lays down a bass rhythm with a live looper and Lil’ Red adds a groovy shuffle on the snare or washboard scratch, creating a big dance-able sound. The Combo adds slapping bass, dueling washboards and Pascal soaring free on his D’Angelico or Baritone “Big Boy” guitar. They’re warm and inviting and their music is inspired and innovative. Blues with a spirit full of hope and joy may inspire you to get up and boogie!


Our originals are inspired by and covers include: T-Bone Walker, Slim Harpo, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Peggy Lee, JB Lenoir, Memphis Slim, Joe McCoy, Lonnie Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Little Willie John, Lazy Lester, Big Mama Thornton, Anita O’Day, Dinah Washington, Jimmy Reed, Kenny Burrell, Nina Simone, Louis Jordon, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, …

Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago
Natalie’s, Columbus, OH
Brews Brothers, Columbus, OH
Cincy Winter Blues Festival, OH
Blues Autour de Zinc Festival, France
Blues Sur Suresnes Festival, France
Blues a Senart, France
Boo & Boogie Festival, Cincy, OH
Carrefour du Blues Festival, France
Groovin’ On The Green, Cincinnati
Westerville Music & Arts Festival
Java Central

Buddy Guy’s Legends, Chicago, IL
Scioto Downs Casino, Columbus, OH
Notes, Columbus, OH
Blues en Loire, France
p’Art-queterie, France
L’Odeon de Tremblay, Paris, France
Potatoes Blues Festival
Blues en Rade Festival
Riff Street Music House
Java Central
Southgate House Revival, Cincy
Blue Frog, Mumbai
Q-LA, New Delhi
Indigo, Bangalore
RDV de L’Erdre Festival, France
Cahors Blues Festival
2015 France Blues Finalist
Vache de Blues, France
Creekside Blues Festival, Columbus, OH
Potatoes Blues Festival, France
Le Nuite de Blues, Zenith de Caen
Terr’Thouras Blues Festival, France
IBC Memphis
Cincy Winter Blues Festival
The Underground Lounge, NYC
Stranraer Scotland Tour
Boit de Swing, Switzerland
Cincy Winter Blues
Java Central
Trieux Tonic Blues Festival
Volcanic Blues Festival
2014 Columbus Blues Challenge Winners
Roadhouse 66
Espace Vaubon, France
Short North Stage
Chez Nora
Side Bar 122
  • Chicago

  • Mumbai

  • Memphis

  • Paris

  • New York

The long story …

Lil’ Red met Pascal Fouquet one serendipitous night in Paris at Le Caveau de la Houchette. She had been working with the Roy Hart Center, a school for extended voice studies, in Les Cevennes, France. On a weekend in Paris, her friends dragged her to a club for “rock dancing”. Having been a punk rocker she imagined CBGBs and was surprised to find herself in a dungeon of Parisian bee-bop swingers dancing to The Drew Davies Rhythm Combo featuring Pascal Fouquet on guitar. Well to make a long French comedy short lets just say Pascal was hypnotized by the free-spirited dancing of Lil’ Red, and she, though weary of musicians, found him charming enough to take the risk. They first tried to reinvent Pascal’s old group The Hoodoomen, an award winning French blues band, as Jenny Lee & The Hoodoomen, but it didn’t take off. It did give fruition to a 7 track CD, Pretty Gritty City, with Eric Lebeau on upright bass and Francis Marie on drums and guests Drew Davies, Thomas Troussier and Pascal’s daughter Pauline Fouquet. In 2010, on a visit to chez Milligan in Westerville, Ohio they tried out a duo under the guise of Sugar Blues & Daddy-O at Java Central. They were pleased to find an appreciative public for their music. Boogie pianist Ricky Nye brought them down to Cincy to play, and this double bill continues to this day. In 2013, they changed their name to Lil’ Red & The Rooster or Lil’ Red & The Roosters and they recorded their first CD, Out Of The Coop!, in true roots fashion in their apartment in France. The duo continued to tour and in 2014 won the Columbus Blues Challenge, which sent them to Memphis for the 2015 IBC. The Columbus Blues scene welcomed them with open arms. On return the band, Lil’ Red & The Roosters, premiered at the “Le Nuit de Blues” at Zenith de Caen to 1,200 people and were selected as finalists in the 2015 French Blues Challenge. In September 2015 they toured India on a whirlwind adventure with Simply The Blues. In 2016, they simplified the “band” to a quartet and created “The Rooster Combo” including Abdell B. Bop on upright bass and Denis Agenet on drums and frottior. They are now known as Lil’ Red & The Rooster or Lil’ Red & The Rooster Combo. Well that’s the past, now they’re flowing on divine wind! Is there a new CD for 2016 whispering on that wind?


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