By R. Reese Fuller
Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives is a set of inventive nonfiction items concerning the vigorous personalities who name south Louisiana domestic. initially released in newspapers dependent in Lafayette-Times of Acadiana and autonomous Weekly-the twenty-five profiles and contours supply exciting glimpses into the lives of famous Louisianans reminiscent of James Lee Burke, Ernest J. Gaines, Elemore Morgan Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, Marc Savoy, Boozoo Chavis, Calvin Borel, Santy Runyon, and Eddie Shuler. writer R. Reese Fuller additionally info the occasionally zany and infrequently tragic matters that populate the cultural panorama of south Louisiana, from Tabasco peppers to Angola criminal to cockfighting.Fuller brings years of expertise within the newspaper to endure in this assortment, providing behind-the-scenes entry no longer on hand in other places. Of specific be aware are his interviews with musicians and native celebrities, who show how their love of the quarter has prompted their paintings. Fuller's usual method of storytelling creates a ebook that may be a pleasure to learn and really represents the folks of south Louisiana.
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He made enough money to also dress well for the times, sometimes even better than his brothers in his Kappa Alpha fraternity. ” The name stuck. Although Runyon may have been looking good while playing, he also understood the importance of a musical education. He says, “Most of the jazz players didn’t go to school. They thought that was a dirty word—to read music. You weren’t supposed to be able to play jazz if you could read music. That’s 37 • Inside Santy’s Studio what a lot of them thought. ” From 1931 until 1942, Runyon played with the seventyfour-piece Chicago Theater Orchestra.
This is what I try to create here on Saturday morning, an old-time house dance. ” Because we only play three piece. We play guitar, fiddle, and accordion. We don’t have any steel guitar. We don’t have any electric bass. We don’t have drums. We make, I think, great music. It doesn’t have all the kilowatts and the instrumentation that everybody else has, but you can hear it. You can pick out the pieces, and you can pick out the different instruments. You can hear it and pick out the different notes.
I don’t know,” he says. “I have several great-grandchildren, too. And that’s nice. ” He still teaches in his spare time. He met one of his stu- 39 • Inside Santy’s Studio dents, who lives in Singapore, through the Internet. For the last eight months Runyon has been giving him lessons over the phone. He continues to teach students how to get the perfect tone and he does so willingly and usually free of charge, giving credence to his moniker. ” With his mouthpieces, “now they don’t have to worry about the tone.
Angola to Zydeco: Louisiana Lives by R. Reese Fuller