Coz Fontenot Birthday Celebration, Liberty Theater, Sept. 24, 2016
In what has become an annual tradition, Coz Fontenot returned to the Liberty Theater Sept. 24, 2016, to celebrate his birthday with a Rendez-vous des Cajuns show that also highlighted the release of his third CD.

Coz sang traditional Cajun songs in the old style in a voice resonant with a sound that one writer once described as “the high lonesome,” evoking an earlier time drawing on deeply rooted memories and feelings, on joys and sorrows beyond the reach of a lot of contemporary music. The new CD, “Memories of My Past,” offers 15 cuts, all of them familiar in South Louisiana but each one uniquely delivered in Coz Fontenot’s signature style. The CD cover is a photograph of Coz’s Blue Goose Lounge, the club in Eunice that Coz ran decades ago.

On the CD, Coz played the fiddle and the harmonica. At the Liberty, he also picked up the accordion for one song. Other members of the band were John Best on accordion; Stuart Davis on acoustic guitar; Nolan Cormier on bass; and Jake Benoit on drums. Coz also invited two young musicians, Greg LeJeune on accordion and Cameron Fontenot on fiddle, to join him for several songs. The Coz Fontenot Band on the CD includes John Best and Jake Benoit with Robbie Miller on electric guitar and Cooper Larcade on bass.

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