Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The family business

Bois Sec Ardoin died at 91 in Eunice Louisiana last Wednesday. He was playing music almost to the end, and young musicians continued to visit him in his final years, hoping to learn the ins and outs (no pun intended) of Creole accordion. I saw him play several times, and feel honored to have, when fiddler Canray Fontenot was still alive. They were a link to the ancient creole sounds they learned from their own parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Bois Sec was cousin to the most renowned Creole musician, Amede´ Ardoin. Maybe the most interesting aspect of the whole story is that Bois Sec's sons, and grandsons have been successful musicians. This sense of family tradition in Louisiana music is one of the things that makes it most interesting. A great old performance here.

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