Louisiana Kreole Rock and Soul: Sean Ardoin
Sean Ardoin is a fourth-generation Creole accordion whiz, singer and songwriter from Southwest Louisiana who takes his serious pedigree in Louisiana’s Creole tradition as a jumping off point to invent new approaches, without abandoning all the goodness he and his forebears have cultivated. Full of tasty accordion licks, catchy songs, and an upbeat attitude, Ardoin calls his genre, Kreole Rock and Soul, a roots-based sound that embraces and incorporates contemporary pop and classic rock – but as a guardian of Creole culture, he always points back to Louisiana.
The Ardoin name is Creole/Zydeco royalty. The legacy started with legendary Creole musician Amedee’ Ardoin, the first Louisiana Cajun or Creole accordionist to record; followed by Bois Sec Ardoin, one of the best-known practitioners of the state’s rural Creole sound for six decades, to Sean’s father, Lawrence “Black” Ardoin and the Ardoin Brothers, then to Sean. He has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and his music has been featured on MTV, BET, VH1, NCIS New Orleans (CBS); Queen Sugar (Oprah Winfrey OWN), Southern Charm New Orleans (Bravo TV). To help preserve and promote Creole language and culture, Sean established a Creole language initiative and started the Creole Hall of Fame. He will be accompanied on accordion by scrubboard, drums, guitar, keys, and bass.