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Louisiana Hot Sauce Creole Style
Genres: Blues, World Music, Jazz, Pop
Between white Cajun formality and black zydeco funk lies the folky Creole style of French music epitomized by the late African American fiddler Canray Fontenot (1922-95), who managed to spread the Creole gospel of simultan... more »
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Between white Cajun formality and black zydeco funk lies the folky Creole style of French music epitomized by the late African American fiddler Canray Fontenot (1922-95), who managed to spread the Creole gospel of simultaneous sorrow and celebration worldwide while holding down his full-time job at a Welsh, Louisiana, feed store. The 27 tracks on this record represent Fontenot's lively and melodic playing over a period of 20 years. His early-'70s recordings with accordion player Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin will delight traditionalists, and such Fontenot compositions as "Joe Pitre a Deux Femmes (Joe Pete Got Two Women)" have evolved into Creole standards. Most of the album finds him joined by the great Beausoleil fiddler and neotraditionalist Michael Doucet, for more practiced renditions of a thoughtfully curated assortment of blues, waltzes, and two-steps. --Richard Gehr
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K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 02/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Mr. Canray Fontenot was a true gem. Every song on this album is a beautiful little piece of Creole history. Mr. Fontenot's music is simple and uncomplicated, but don't let that fool you. It is in simplicity that the complexities of Mr. Fontenot's music really shine through.
You will not hear this music on radio stations outside of Louisiana, unless someone on NPR hears it and decides that they've uncovered a diamond in the rough. Please take a chance on this album if you want real music to listen to.
Mr. Canray's songs pull at all of your emotions and it truly is a shame that we lost this man just a few years ago. "Bernadette" will ring in the heart of this listener forever."
A must-have for fans of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco music.
Just Another Linguist | Indianapolis, Indiana | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't imagine Cajun and Zydeco music nowadays without the influence of Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot. But I won't suggest that you listen to it because it's important. Listen to it because it's terrific music.Fontenot sounds like he's been singing these songs for decades without getting tired of them. I don't get tired of them, either. There are better-known versions of some of these songs (John Delafose had a huge Zydeco hit with "Joe Pitre a Deux Femmes", and Beausoleil does a wonderful "Grand Mallet") but never better-played ones.Bois-Sec Ardoin and Beausoleil show up for some of these sessions, but Fontenot's sweet, sly, spontaneous singing and fiddling is always up front, as it should be. Twenty-seven tracks of fiddle and rusty voice may sound like a bit much, but Fontenot's built up an astounding repertoire, and every song has a particular mood and personality that sets it apart from the rest. There's not a bad one in the bunch."
Just Another Linguist | 11/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like fiddle, this is a must have. Canray Fontenot (R.I.P.) was fantastic. The liner notes, which explain how he built his first fiddle out of a cigar box, are quite touching."