Allen Fontenot is one of the best-known fiddlers in Cajun music. Fontenot always loved the fiddle and made his own on several occasions out of such materials as a ukulele, cigar boxes, bow and arrow sets, and wire. At age 15, his grandfather, also a fiddler, bought him his first real one. After working for several years as a bill collector, Fontenot founded the five-piece Country Cajuns in the early '70s. The first members -- concertina player Leroy Veilloa, guitarist Hudson Dauzat, drummer Darrel Brasseaux, and bass player John Scott -- recorded a few singles and played at the Jazz and Heritage Festival. The Country Cajuns also appeared regularly on a Sunday morning radio show and made their feature film debut in 1975 in Charles Bronson's Hard Times. They also appeared on the television shows Good Morning America and Austin City Limits. When not playing with the band, Fontenot worked as a popular deejay in Slidell, Louisiana. In the late '70s, he opened the Cajun Bandstand in Kenner, Louisiana, which served authentic Cajun cuisine and showcased authentic Cajun music; he and his band frequently played there until he sold the club in 1982. Fontenot's work can be found on the Great Southern, Antilles and Delta labels.
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