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:
“Randolf the Rouge-Nosed Reindeer”
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”
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?
Duck Hunting story
A Christmas story
Making Chicken and Andouille Gumbo