Duck cracklings and gutbucket riffs

November 2, 2009

Some scenes from the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette, where we accompanied bluesman Little Freddie King (middle photo) this weekend. Blackpot is part music fest, part cookoff, and judges were treated to such Cajun/Creole delicacies as duck cracklings and pig-temple jambalaya. Little Freddie’s version of the blues—Mississippi gutbucket inflected with New Orleans rhythms—made for a startling contrast to what came immediately before it: the traditional Cajun fiddle tunes of Walter Mouton and Scott Playboys. It didn’t take long to fill the dance floor, while two rows of non-dancers stood in front in rapt wonderment.

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