Tina Pilione; Los Gringos Calentanos
"Tina has been studying the fiddle styles of many Cajun fiddlers for over 20 years. Most of that time has been devoted to learning the styles of Dennis McGee and Wade Fruge. Having arrived in Louisiana in the early 80s, she was fortunate enough to have spent many wonderful hours in the presence of Dennis and Wade and many other older musicians who were a window into the past and into the character of people who were so unlike the people of today. Besides playing beautiful, wonderful, soulful music, they had a gentleness and refinement about them that may never again grace this earth. To play fiddle like the old masters, you have to grow up with these people and play this style from birth, or totally immerse yourself in these people's lives, to the degree that their music becomes a part of you also. So it was with Tina Pilione." - Marc Savoy, From the liner notes of Rodney Fontenot with Tina Pilione, Cajun Fiddle The Way It Was. Tina has also spent those 20 plus years studying Cajun accordion & guitar and welcomes those that want to learn from her experiences and skills.