Monday, June 12, 2017

If You Want to Party, He's There: Chris Ardoin and "Rock Wit'Ya"

Today's random song, Rock Wit'Ya, is an example of what is being called nouveau zydeco, which fuses traditional zydeco with other styles such as reggae, hip hop and R&B. The performing artist, Chris Ardoin, is a musical prodigy who was one of the developers of nouveau zydeco. He is from a Lake Charles, Louisiana family steeped in zydeco music performance, and Ardoin grew up listening to zydeco music throughout his early life until his teens. He started playing accordion at the age of two and formed his first band at the age of ten. The band was originally called DoubleClutchin' but in 2005 Ardoin renamed his band NuStep. Rock Wit'Ya is from his 2015 album Zydeko Fever.