can't keep it on the low. The music of Chris Ardoin is a dancehall
brushfire, a Creole cyclone. Two seconds into one of his stinging,
Zydeco-fueled sets and the dance floor ignites. Don't fight it: iet it
move you. Working the clubs to become a top attraction on the Gulf Coast
circuit, Chris and his amazingly talented group now stand poised on
the threshold of national recognition. The soon-to-be-ironically titled
Best Kept Secret has the spark, grit, and undeniable charisma to
kick-start America into Ardoin-mania.
the charge is 18-year-old Chris Ardoin.s virtuoso accordion work. No one
-in Zydeco or any other genre -solos with such a f1uent edge. Best Kept
Secret is filled with his rippling, almost jazzy stylings. But Ardoin
also honors the accordion's role as a timekeeper, and his relentless
pumping. matched with the clock-steady pulse of drummer Dexter Ardoin
and bassist Curley Chapman. drI- ves Double Clutchin.s unstoDDable
accordion ain't all. For the first time on record, Chris steps out as a
lead gui- tarist to be reckoned with. His playing -steeped In rock and
blues, but crossed with a Zydeco zest -gives Double Clutchin' a
contemporary bite. Check him out on "Holdin' On," and you'll
the end though, what distinguishes Ardoin and Double Clutchin' from the
many fine Zydeco dance bands out there is something bigger than
instrumental flreworks or rhythmic vitality -though they've definitely
got that goin' on. It's a vision. A vision of how Zydeco -decades after
its inception -can still be a rele- vant, even progressive, musical
force. Ardoin takes a lot from Zydeco: its pulse, its instrumentation,
its audience. But he also gives something to it: soul, funk, blues,
traces of rock, a youthful outlook, and an audience yearning for
don't flght it. Let it move y ou. Md -whatever y ou do -don't keep It on
the low. Chrls Ardoin and Double Clutchin' are a secret no more. If y ou
don't believe It, join the party of weary dancers, sweaty fans, and
frenzied revelers at one of thelr shows. Dr, pop this disk in and hear
for yourself ...
On... "Papa Was a Rollin. Stone... "What You Got Down There?
.Part 2." "Best Kept Secret," "Hold That
Tiger." "What's In That Bayou?" "Lyin. Cryin' and
Tryin'... "lf It Makes You Happy/lt Just Ain.t Right," "I
Don.t Want Nobody Here But You," "Storm Don't Last Long,"
"Get Gone." "Chris.s Trail Ride"