Sunday Music Spotlight – Justin Wilson

cajun cook, storyteller, and singer Justin Wilson
Y’all remember Justin Wilson? He was that crazy Cajun chef on PBS when we were kids (or at least when I was a kid, and if you’re around 30 then you’re with me). The old guy with the suspenders. I used to love watching him on Saturdays. He was kind of drunk, Cajun Julia Child. Fond, fond memories.

Anywhoo, I stumbled across something that absolutely made my year. THE find of the holiday season, hands down. Mr. Wilson was something of a Renaissance man it seems. In addition to being a gifted cook and fantastic storyteller, he was comedian (he recorded several comedy albums), a political activist (he managed the unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign of William J. Dodd), and a safety engineer. And one more thing: a singer. In 1973 he released A Cajun Christmas with Justin Wilson, selections of which are presented here for your listening pleasure:

A Cajun Christmas With Justin Wilson“Randolf the Rouge-Nosed Reindeer”

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Leave it to a Cajun to change “Rudolph” to “Randolf”, and insert some French into the mix. The title may lead you to believe that it’s a novelty recording, but actually Wilson can kind of sing, and the arrangement is very good.

“Here Comes Santa Claus”

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Again, the arrangement here is great. It sounds like you’re in the French Quarter listening to a mellow old jazz band. And that wouldn’t be a bad way to spend Christmas, now would it?

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