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Chris Ardoin

Another generation product from the southwestern Louisiana region’s most famed music dynasty, nouveau zydeco accordionist Chris Ardoin followed within the customs established by his dad, French Zydeco Music group frontman Lawrence “Dark” Ardoin; his grandfather, Cajun “la la” story Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin; and his faraway cousin, Creole virtuoso Amadé Ardoin. Given birth to in 1981, Chris produced his general public debut at age four, using his father in a Tx gumbo cook-off; simply five years later on, he supported his grandfather during an appearance at Carnegie Hall. The kid prodigy also quickly became a member of his father’s fresh band Lagniappe like a full-time member, but like Lawrence before him, Ardoin ultimately declined the confines of traditional zydeco to go after his personal muse; along with his old sibling Sean, cousin Alphonse and family members friend Peter Jacobs, he created the band Two times Clutchin’, the name consultant of the type of repeated bass drum kicks which define the funky “fresh zydeco” sound. Two times Clutchin’ debuted with 1994’s That’s Da Lick, documented when bandleader Ardoin was simply 13; Lick It Up! adopted a year later on, and in 1997 the group authorized to Rounder for Gon’ Become Jus’ ine. Change the Page adopted in 1998 and Greatest Kept Secrets showed up two years later on.

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