Nationally acclaimed storyteller J.J. Reneaux grew up Cajun for true, surrounded by the stories, music, food, and culture of rural communities in southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana. A traditional storyteller who collects by word-of-mouth, Reneaux has developed her repertoire over years of collecting - on front porches, school playgrounds, and her beloved fishing trips, as well as at nursing homes, airports, and at neighborhood fais-dodos."Like any good raconteur," she says, "I have told the tales as I heard them, but added personal touches, twists, and turns as the stories grew to be a natural part of my own life. For me, these tales are not museum pieces whose time was and is no more. They are alive and vigorous, brimming with joie de vivre, the zest for life that is the essence of Cajun culture.For Ages 5 to AdultMore
Harmonica music opens and appears throughout this audio gem. J.J. Reneaux is an expert storyteller as author and narrator. In one story, three Irishmen encounter the bloodthirsty monsters of the South. The harmonica becomes the mosquitoes as Reneaux hilariously presents the men and their painful encounter. Reneaux's melodious voice inhabits words such as "dazzling," "shimmering," and "melting" in the story about a man who searches for his ideal wife. Best perhaps is Reneaux's portrayal of Poorboy, formerly a hobo, now a rich man, who returns to repay a crooked barkeep who once gave him a piece of bread and a boiled egg. The harmonica laughs as the barkeep and hobo end their differences over a pot of red beans.
Reneaux aims her stories at the heart and rarely misses her mark. (Chicago Tribune)
"Admired for the authenticity of her material, the charm of her Cajun accent, and the energy of her performance." (Jimmy Neil Smith)
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