Inside the coop …

The story behind the sound.

The Music…

BLUES, BLUES, BLUES …

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!

INSPIRED BY …

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, …

  • 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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