Friday, December 07, 2007
When I began serious collecting Christmas music online via Napster (the pre-legal days), I was able to grab an MP3 of Justin Wilson's "Randolph The Rouge Nosed Reindeer". The Cajun Chef singing Christmas songs? Then I noticed several of his 45 singles on eBay, then the occasional Christmas album (which always went for a pretty penny).
Earlier this year, I found a SEALED copy of this album in a record shop in Chicago. Admittedly this isn't the original 1966 Paula album - it was repackaged and released at the height of Justin's PBS popularity in 1987.
Backed by Bert Peck & The Kings of Dixieland, Justin slices his way through twelve Christmas favorites the way he would clean and gut a catfish. Some of the songs are quite silly and fun (the aforementioned "Randolph", "Santa Done Brought Himself To Town", and "The Chipmunk Song" (??)) while others are quite touching and reverent ("White Christmas", "Silent Night", "O Come All Ye Faithful").
If you're a fan of Dixieland and the phrase "I GAR-RON-TEE" thrown around like a fish at a Seattle market, then this album is for you:
Justin Wilson - A Cajun Christmas With