b. November 17th, 1946 in Duralde (Louisiana)

ZODICO : LOUISIANA CREOLE MUSIC

Rounder

October - December 1976

LAWRENCE "BLACK" ARDOIN & HIS FRENCH BAND

Arhoolie

TRADITION CREOLE

Arhoolie

May 1984

Fils d'Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, frère de Morris et Gustave Ardoin, père de Chris et Sean Ardoin, Lawrence fait partie de cette prestigieuse famille musicale de Louisiane. Il a d'ailleurs débuté dans l'orchestre familial où il tient d'abord la batterie. Ils se produisent dans les clubs de la région de Duralde. Après la mort accidentelle de son frère Gustave en 1974, Lawrence le remplace à l'accordéon. Il monte son propre groupe au début des années 80. Grâce au producteur Chris Strachwitz, il put graver ses talents sur disque avec derrière lui un superbe groupe (dont le violoniste Edward Poullard et son fils Sean au saxophone). Un programme intense de Zydeco pour danser dans la joie avec "Bayou two step", "Haunted house", "Cofair", "Ay ai ai", "Every now and then", "Matilda" et une reprise somptueuse de "Talk to your daughter". On trouve quatre titres supplémentaires sur la version CD.

Son of Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, brother of Morris and Gustave Ardoin, father of Chris and Sean Ardoin, Lawrence is part of this prestigious Louisiana musical family. He also started in the family orchestra where he first plays drums. They perform in clubs in the Duralde region. After the accidental death of his brother Gustave in 1974, Lawrence replaced him on accordion. He rides his own backing band in the early 80's. Thanks to producer Chris Strachwitz, he was able to put his talents on disc with a superb group behind him (including violinist Edward Poullard and his son Sean on saxophone). An intense Zydeco program to dance in joy with "Bayou two step", "Haunted house", "Cofair", "Ay ai ai", "Every now and then", "Matilda" and a sumptuous cover of "Talk to your daughter". There are four additional titles on the CD version.

LAWRENCE ARDOIN AND LAGNIAPPE

Maison de Soul

1991

Curieusement, Lawrence Ardoin laisse le chant à son fils Sean et se consacre à son accordéon (ses autres fils Chris et Steve sont également présents). Lawrence et son groupe Lagniappe livrent ici un bon set de Zydeco quoique plutôt inégal (un peu moins bien produit que ses faces Arhoolie) avec des moments sympathiques comme "Show me what U got", "Hot house zydeco", "Steppin'", "If walls could talk".

Curiously, Lawrence Ardoin leaves singing to his son Sean and devotes himself to his accordion (his other sons Chris and Steve are also present). Lawrence and his group Lagniappe deliver here a good set from Zydeco although rather uneven (a little less well produced than its Arhoolie sides) with nice moments like "Show me what U got", "Hot house zydeco", "Steppin'", "If walls could talk".