In the early 1930s, Creole accordionist Amede Ardoin made some of the first and most important recordings by a French-speaking musician from South Louisiana. In an era of strict segregation, many of these selections found him accompanied by Cajun fiddler Dennis McGee. This soulful and passionate body of work, including "The Midland Two-Step" and "Les Blues de la Prison" influenced the course of Cajun music and zydeco for decades to come.
Ardoin single-handedly created the modern Cajun style. The three-dozen songs he recorded in New Orleans, San Antonio and New York City were hugely popular when they were released in the Twenties