A musical interlude today. The first hour our our series features the extraordinary 77-year-old blues diva Carol Fran of Lafayette. Often accompanying Carol these days are Marty Christian and Andy Cornett, who also have their own band, Rue Boogaloo. They call their music “that Southwest Louisiana sound—full of soulful dance grooves that are drenched in blues.” Here’s a sample.
When we caught up with Carol Fran, the blues diva from Lafayette was recovering from a mini-stroke. But that didn’t stop her from exercising her formidable pipes. Fran will be recording several tracks on a compilation CD next week, and the night of our visit she had a rehearsal with harmonica player Andy Cornett and guitarist Marty Christian. Both men play with Henry Gray & the Cats. (see the post below.)
Fran grew up in an English-speaking family, but some of her relatives spoke the Creole French often heard in the bayou country of Southwest Louisiana. She spoke French with those family members, and is equally facile with the blues in both languages.