“I don’t use the word hit. I tell ‘em, ‘Hits are in baseball, and singles are people who pick each other up in bars,’ which really pisses ‘em off at the record companies. I don’t understand either. I make albums—big records with little holes.”
Amédé Ardoin was born in the spring of 1898, the grandson of slaves. His family worked as sharecroppers at the Rougeau farm in L’Anse des Rougeau, near Basile, Louisiana. Ardoin tried his best to avoid field labor whenever possible, preferring to tote his Monarch accordion to house parties, where he’d team up with like-minded fiddlers and play early iterations of the frenzied dance songs that would eventually constitute the Cajun canon.