Louisiana Artists Spotlight: Sean Ardoin
Sean is a two-time GRAMMY nominee whose musical roots run in the family. The line 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 co-lead the critically-acclaimed Zydeco outfit Double Clutchin’ for 10 years, then started Sean Ardoin-N-Zydekool in 1999.
Sean has performed at Carnegie Hall, festivals worldwide and stateside, performed live on BET’s Comic View, has had his music in movies and on MTV’s Road Rules, Real World, Fraternity Life, Sorority Life. Sean was recently the featured artist in episodes of CBS Primetime’s investigative drama, NCIS New Orleans; Queen Sugar on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network; and Southern Charm New Orleans, a Bravo TV reality show.
He also works hard to keep the tradition alive with his super group Creole United and founded the Creole Hall of Fame in order to recognize the Creole contribution to the world. Sean created a new genre, Creole Rock and Soul, and he sees it as a way to escape the confines of the traditional Zydeco idiom.
Check out the official music video for his single “Kick Rocks”, off of his GRAMMY-nominated album, Kreole Rock and Soul: