On Amédé Ardoin

My friends Bois Sec and Marceline Ardoin told me that they knew the woman that renowned Creole artist Amédé Ardoin had always loved and that she was alive and had a photo of Amédé! Since there was, to my knowledge, only one known photo of Amédé this was exciting news and we got in the car and went to visit Mazie Broussard, as she was named, at her house between Eunice and Basile.
Though old, she was a beautiful Creole woman and reminisced a bit about Amédé and their friendship and gave me the photo of Amédé as well as one of 16 year old Freeman Fontenot playing his accordion.These two extraordinary photos grace the back cover of my book and and Amédé and Mazie’s photos begin of the section on Creole music.The neighborhood between Eunice and Welsh (L’anse aux vaches) was full of great Creole musicians and they were all friends and acquaintances with each other.

– Ann Savoy

  • Bois Sec & Maise Broussard on Amédé Ardoin / Part 1 00:00
  • Bois Sec & Maise Broussard on Amédé Ardoin / Part 2 00:00
Interviewee: Bois Sec & Maise Broussard
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: –
Language: English
  • Harry LaFleur & Marc Savoy on Austin Pitre 00:00
Interviewee: Maise Broussard
Interviewer: Ann Savoy
Date: –
Language: French / Français

These are interviews originally recorded for research purposes. It is presented here in its raw state, unedited except to remove some irrelevant sections and blank spaces. All rights to the interview are reserved by the Arhoolie Foundation. Please do not use anything from this website without permission.

Statement on the passing of Chris Strachwitz

Arhoolie Records Founder
July 1, 1931 – May 5, 2023

We celebrate the life of our founder, friend, and great record man Chris Strachwitz. He died peacefully at home in Marin County, CA, surrounded in his last days by dear friends and family. Over his 91 years, Chris captured the music that represents the best “down home music” the world has to offer.

He was at the forefront of nearly all the roots revivals over the last 60 years including blues, zydeco, Cajun, Norteño and Tejano music. His drive to document traditional music helped introduce the nation to our diverse musical heritage. He had the foresight to save music that might have otherwise been lost to obscurity and played a role in strengthening cultural traditions through his records, films, and most recently the Arhoolie Foundation. He cared for those around him, fought for royalties and recognition for Arhoolie artists, and provided counsel to countless musicians, writers, film makers, and academics.

Plans for a public celebration of his life will be announced in the coming weeks. Today we’re thinking of all that Chris brought to our lives and the lives of the musicians and fans with whom he shared his passion.