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Jeffery Broussard, whose
roots in Creole and zydeco music are about as deep as anyone’s
on the planet, has released Keeping the Tradition Alive!,
the first CD with his new group, the Creole Cowboys. The energy
and excitement remain undiminished from his years with Zydeco
Force, but now he is digging down even deeper to more music
inspired by legends like his father, the late Delton Broussard,
Boozoo Chavis, and other greats going all the way back to Amédé
The sound, though, is
very much Jeffery’s, with his unmatched accordion style, his
old-time Creole fiddling that he mastered in the last few years,
his superb French and English vocals.
The CD includes four
Boozoo favorites: “Motor Dude Special,” “Dog Hill,” “Johnny
Billy Goat,” and “Make It to Me.”
Jeffery covers the
always popular “Why You Wanna Me Cry?” and “Oh Mom,” along with
“Richest Man” (“If teardrops were diamonds …”), a slow drag
featuring achingly beautiful solos by Jeffery on accordion and
D’Jalma Garnier on guitar;
One special treat among
the 10 original numbers is “Broussard Baisse Bas,” an old-style
Creole song that Jeffery included to help keep the baisse bas
dance tradition alive (in recent years, the only frequently
performed baisse bas has been “Bonsoir Moreau”). “Tribute to Amédé”
captures the sound and the feeling of old-time Creole music
(with Jeffery doubling the accordion tune on fiddle). “Oh Yé
Yaille” is a traditional French waltz. “I Lost My Woman” is one
of several songs that recall the Zydeco Force sound, with
Jeffery’s vocals punctuated by Brandon Ledet’s comments and
“It Won’t Be Long
[before I make you mine]” is a driving zydeco number that
Jeffery remembers first hearing played many years ago by Wilfred
Latour. “My Baby Needs to Come Back Home,” “Off Time Zydeco,”
and “Creole Cowboy Two-Step,” the band’s theme song, will propel
fast-stepping dancers across the floor. The ultimate dancing
challenge is provided by “Creole Zydeco Hot Step,” the first
zydeco bluegrass fiddle song, performed at the request of
Jeffery’s sister Sandra, who likes to dance fast (she and the
other dancers at the 2007 Zydeco Extravaganza in Opelousas
became a zydeco blur as the pace of the tune accelerated).
Keeping the Tradition
Alive!, released by Maison de Soul Records, does not revisit
the past. It brings the past into the present. Jeffery Broussard
takes the tradition, adds to it with his own original songs, and
makes it as full of vitality today as it ever has been.
Jeffery Broussard is shown in the top photo
at annual Thanksgiving food drive benefit at El Sido's in
Lafayette. The other two photos were taken at Festivals Acadiens
in Lafayette Oct. 13, 2007.
The thumbnails in the left column were all
taken at El Sido's. Pictured, in addition to Jeffery, are
D'Jalma Garnier on guitar and Classie Ballou Jr. on bass. On the
CD, Jeffery plays bass on all but one track and also plays
guitar on eight tracks, plus keyboard on two, in addition to
accordion and fiddle.
The bottom photo of the Creole Cowboys was
taken at Festivals Acadiens.