Sean Ardoin

Sean Ardoin & Zydecool

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The Ardoin name is one of the most revered in zydeco music. Its legacy started with the legendary Creole musician Amade Ardoin, followed by Bois Sec Ardoin, and has been passed on for generations from one accordion player to the next. The keeper of the flame to be featured here is Sean Ardoin. After playing with his father, Lawrence Ardoin, and then in his brother, Chris Ardoin's successful group, Sean Ardoin set out on his own in 1999. His hot brand of dancehall zydeco has been a hit from the get-go, with the group performing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. And of course, they gig at all the clubs in southwest Louisiana where the music originated. If you won't dance to this music, you probably just won't dance. The group's first recording bears the title of his band, Sean Ardoin & Zydecool. The personnel includes Mark Whitfield and Tony Ardoin on guitars, Derek Greenwood on bass, Scooby Worthy on drums, and mainman and producer Sean Ardoin on vocals, accordion, and drums. The band may be Zydecool, but the music is hot. The group's nouveau zydeco sound incorporates a funky street beat with some of the more traditional features of the zydeco idiom. Songs like "Won't Slow Down" and "You Better Get Right Girl" get the message across with a beat that makes your feet move as if by some irresistible force. This is party music, because in zydeco country, life is a party, meant to be enjoyed with food, friends, and music. Sean Ardoin & Zydecool will take you there.

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