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Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys
Title:
Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys
When:
Saturday, October 13, 2012  8:30AM
Category:
Zydeco Breakfast

Description

“Jeffery Broussard has long been respected as one of the greatest accordion players to ever
grace our beautiful Creole culture and for that matter the world.”


- Don Cravins, Sr., Mayor of Opelousas, LA, Zydeco Capital of the World
One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in modern Zydeco music, Jeffery
Broussard continues to be one of the genre’s most dynamic performers. He has continually
been an innovator, beginning his career with traditional Creole Zydeco music playing drums
in his father’s band, Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys, then moving on to develop
the nouveau Zydeco sound in Zydeco Force, now returning to the more traditional Zydeco
sound with his own band, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys.


Jeffery Broussard was born in Lafayette, LA on March 10, 1967 to Ethel and Delton
Broussard. He is the youngest of 11 children, having 5 brothers and 5 sisters, who all agree
that Jeffery was the most spoiled! The family lived in Frilot Cove, LA a rural community
northwest of Opelousas, on a farm where his father was a sharecropper. Jeffery grew up
fishing in the bayous, riding horses across the fields with his friends, and most of all working
hard.


Jeffery’s music career started very early in life, similar to many other famous Zydeco
musicians. At the age of 8 he started playing drums in his father’s band, the renowned
Delton Broussard & The Lawtell Playboys. After seventh grade, Jeffery left school in order
to farm full time to help his parents make ends meet. Jeffery spent long days digging and
sorting potatoes. Whenever he could, Jeffery would sneak in to the house and get his
daddy’s accordion down from the closet where it was stored and would teach himself how to
play. Each time he would put the accordion up, he would set it on the shelf slightly
different. His dad suspected that someone was playing his accordion, but never
reprimanded Jeffery for it.


When Jeffery was thirteen, his father left sharecropping to work for an oil company and two
years later tragedy struck the family when Jeffery’s mother died of cancer.
During his teen years, Jeffery played drums in his oldest brother Clinton’s band, Clinton
Broussard & The Zydeco Machines. Clinton plays the old Clifton Chenier-style triple-note
accordion. It was in this band that Jeffery played the accordion in public for the first time.
His brother would let him play a few songs from time to time, but he was too shy to speak
on stage, let alone sing. It wasn’t until he joined the band Zydeco Force that he began
singing.


It’s quite possible that without the struggle and hard times that Jeffery has experienced in
life, he could not sing and play with the emotion, the soul, he expresses. He has range
seldom seen in Zydeco – from traditional songs from the old masters to originals, singlenote
and triple-note accordion to fiddle.


Whether he is playing a festival stage in front of thousands of dancers, a small theater of
seated patrons, giving an interview, teaching a lesson or playing at a trailride, his warmth,
love of the music, and talent shine. Jeffery Broussard is well, the real deal.
Dedicated to preserving and promoting the Creole culture and traditional Zydeco music,
Jeffery plays with passion and commitment to carry on his daddy’s legacy.