Amede Ardoin – I’m Never Comin’ Back: The Roots of Zydeco CD


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The more or less complete recorded works (between 1929-’34) of the singer/accordionist who’s generally conceded to be the father of Zydeco. Ardoin, along with his frequent partner, Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee, was certainly among the first to fuse the older French folk tradition with American country blues, and many of the songs captured here eventually made their way into the electrified modern Zydeco pioneered by Clifton Chenier. The sound here is surprisingly good, with far less surface noise than you’d expect from 78s recorded under primitive circumstances. Amede Ardoin, the Pioneer of Louisiana French Blues… Released in November 1995, 24 tracks.