Lawrence Ardoin, Creole music, at St. Landry Sounds program, March 9, 2019
Lawrence Ardoin and some other very notable musicians were featured in the first St. Landry Sounds program 2-3 p.m. March 9, 2019, at the St. Landry Parish Visitor Center on I-49. The event was hosted by Herman Fuselier, executive director of the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission, who interviewed participants. Lawrence Ardoin, on accordion and vocals, was accompanied by Cedric Watson on fiddle and vocals and later joined by his son Chris Ardoin on accordion. Zydeco Joe Citizen played rubboard with the group. Lawrence Ardoin discussed the history of the Ardoin Family Band and offered other recollections about his life as a Creole musician. Fuselier invited Chris Ardoin to join in after seeing him in the audience with his family. This was the first time that Cedric Watson and Chris Ardoin have played together. The discussion included plans to record new Creole music CDs and promote the Creole French language.

The program took place close to the one-year anniversary of the unveiling on March 11, 2018, of a statue of legendary Creole musician Amédé Ardoin in the garden at the front of the center. Amédé Ardoin was a cousin of the late Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin, father of Lawrence Ardoin.

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