I can't imagine Cajun and Zydeco music nowadays without the influence of Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot. But I won't suggest that you listen to it because it's important. Listen to it because it's terrific music.
Fontenot sounds like he's been singing these songs for decades without getting tired of them. I don't get tired of them, either. There are better-known versions of some of these songs (John Delafose had a huge Zydeco hit with "Joe Pitre a Deux Femmes", and Beausoleil does a wonderful "Grand Mallet") but never better-played ones.
Bois-Sec Ardoin and Beausoleil show up for some of these sessions, but Fontenot's sweet, sly, spontaneous singing and fiddling is always up front, as it should be. Twenty-seven tracks of fiddle and rusty voice may sound like a bit much, but Fontenot's built up an astounding repertoire, and every song has a particular mood and personality that sets it apart from the rest. There's not a bad one in the bunch.