Blend together smooth Southern storytelling with traditional and original Blues, Country, and Cajun music, add a dash of wry humor and you've got an unforgettable gumbo that is uniquely J.J. Reneaux.
Singer-songwriter, humorist and storytelling author J.J. Reneaux weaves together music, folklore, superstition, customs and true-life stories in performance. Cajun, Creole, Spanish, Irish, and Native American voices speak in her songs and stories, reflecting her own multicultural heritage and creating a colorful tapestry of life in the Deep South. Sassy and poignant, her performances are rooted in tradition yet surprisingly fresh.
A natural comedianne, Reneaux lampoons modern culture with music, wit and honest-to-God true stories in contemporary performances for adults. Reeneaux's lively school concerts and family shows delight audiences of all ages with her multicultural mix of Southern folktales and music, as well as her original stories and songs.
Known for her soulful singing and her gift for telling stories in original songs, Reneaux captures the rhythms and sounds of her native South. Her songwriting has reminded critics of artists like David Wilcox and Mary Chapin Carpenter, while her bluesy voice has inspired comparisons with Bonnie Raitt. Her first music CD, Cajun ,Country, and Blue has received critical acclaim in Europe and is gaining Reneaux increasing recognition at home. Whether performing solo, or with her band The Mojos, Reneaux performs blues, alternative country, folk and her native Cajun music with her own distinct songwriting and vocal style.
An author and recording artist as well, Reneaux's books include Cajun Folktales, recipient of the Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award, Haunted Bayou, winner of the Public Library Association Best New Book. Reneaux's illustrated book, Why Alligator Hates Dog, was awarded the Aesop Accolade. In 2000, Morrow Junior Books will publish How Animals Saved the People. Reneaux's five story recordings include; Cajun Folk and Fairytales, Cajun Ghost Stories, awarded the Parent's Gold Choice, and Wake Stake! Children's Stories and Songs of the South. Reneaux is currently at work on GRITS; Girls Raised in the South, and a story collection and a new music recording, If only in Dreams. A transplanted Cajun, Reneaux lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets and wild animals near Athens, Georgia.
|"Critics Choice"||-- Los Angeles Times|
|"An unusual musical performance...Don't miss J.J. Reneaux!"||-- Texas Monthly|
|"A unique gumbo of Southern music and storytelling..."||-- Atlanta - Journal Constitution|
|"J.J. Reneaux is admired throughout the storytelling movement for the authenticity of her material, the charm of her Cajun accent, and the energy of her performance. Her audiences have been impressive -- through National Public Radio and ABC World News Tonight -- and they have all loved her."||-- JIMMY NEIL SMITH
(editor of Homespun: Tales from America's Favorite Storytellers)
|"An absolutely wonderful storyteller."||-- VANCOUVER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL|
|"Reneaux aims her stories at the heart and rarely misses her mark."||-- CHICAGO TRIBUNE|
|"Ms. Reneaux weaves her tales gently as she draws the audio listeners in, then catches them off-guard and surprises them."||-- AUDIOWORLD|
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