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Kory Fontenot. (Michelle Higginbotham / Special to the American Press)

Kory Fontenot. (Michelle Higginbotham / Special to the American Press)

Local artist is a "one man band"

Last Modified: Thursday, September 12, 2013 3:05 PM

By Alex Onken / American Press

Kory Fontenot plays with several local bands, but he doesn’t mind going it alone.

With only a kick drum, high hat, guitar and harmonica — and sometimes a kazoo — he puts on a one-man show.

“One day, a long time ago, I was sitting at a friend’s house, and he had an electronic drum set,” Fontenot said.

“I grabbed his electric guitar and started playing. Later at my house, I just started toying with this, and next thing I knew I had enough for a show.”

Fontenot was brought up in a musical family. His mother played mandolin and guitar, and his uncles played in local bars. Fontenot started taking piano lessons at age 12, and not too much later he started playing the organ at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church.

He said he’s influenced by the bands he’s played with, including Streetside Jazz Band, Lingus and The Loaded 44rz, which just released a CD.

When he’s not playing music in a band or on his own, he teaches music lessons.

“I like to think of myself as a starter kit,” he said. “I’ll show someone something on the guitar and then the same thing on the piano. I had a wide interest in different instruments, and still do.”


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