Click for photos posted on Flickr.
Click here to go to
the Official Web Site of T Broussard and the Zydeco
Click here to go to the band's MySpace page.
Broussard's 2008 CD is titled Super T.
Go to his web site
In their 2007
CD, Zydeco Lover, T-Broussard and the Zydeco
Steppers offer 12 original cuts ranging from slow to
fast, traditional to contemporary, meeting the needs of
listeners who love Zydeco and especially those who have
found love through Zydeco. T-Broussard tells us in one
song that he is a Zydeco Lover looking for a “Zydeco
Diva.” “Thing Called Love” is a slow drag, and, in the
next cut, “Nice and Slow” has a comfortable beat that
matches the lyrics: “you’re nice and slow when you
zydeco.” “Lost My Woman” also rolls along smoothly,
even if the lyrics describe a broken relationship
involving another woman. Other songs like “Get Your
Boogie On” pick up the pace without breaking the mood.
The CD includes two songs in French, “Jolie Femme,” an
expression of love for a pretty woman, and “Old Time
Waltz,” about the pain of missing a woman, with the beat
suddenly accelerating into zydeco toward the end.
The CD was
recorded by Chris Ardoin at his Backroom Studios in Lake
Photos taken May 5, 2007, at
the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival. Click on
sings on two of
the cuts, is
shown at Festivals Acadiens in
2005. Click thumbnail for larger photo.
2006 CD: Knock Knock
T-Broussard has released another CD that
offers both contemporary zydeco sounds and some old style Creole
music, including two songs sung by his mother Mary Jane
Broussard, niece of the legendary Bois Sec Ardoin. The title cut
sets up a nice smooth groove. "I Don't Know" is an appealing
version of zydeco boogaloo. "Belly Rub" is a romantic slow drag.
"Never Gonna Give Up" offers motivation both in the lyrics and
the beat. The CD includes seven other original songs in English,
plus a couple of French originals, "Pray for Me" and "Tonight
I'm Getting Drunk." Mary Jane Broussard sings "Quo Faire" and "Lacassine
Two-Step." The CD was released by Keith Frank's Soulwood Records
(Keith is among the musicians who performed with T-Broussard on
The photos were at the the Yambilee Building in Opelousas August
30,2003, at the Zydeco Throwdown organized by Cullen Washington. That's Classie Ballou on
bass with his trademark cloth fluttering at the end of his guitar stem.
full name is Bryant Keith Broussard. He is the son of Mary Jane Ardoin Broussard, the only
female Creole accordionist. His great uncles include the legendary Bois Sec Ardoin and
Carlton Frank, the renowned Creole fiddler. His cousin is Keith Frank.
With that rich musical heritage, T-Broussard was literally born to
play zydeco. As a child, he played drums and scrubboard with his mother when she
performed. He learned the accordion and in 1993 established his own band. As he explained
to Todd Ortego on the "Swamp and Roll" television program, he slid into a life
that ultimately led to incarceration for a time, a experience he seems to be singing about
when he explains, "I say the zydeco two-step. It means the world. I never realized
what it meant to me til it was that zydeco they took from me."
T-Broussard has now definitely re-established himself and returned
to zydeco with an excellent 2003 CD, Git It On, Git It On. The CD features 11
original songs, including T-Broussard's Creole version of "Cajun from Church
Point," reworked in French as "Creole from the Country." Among the other
songs are "T-Bo Party" ("There ain't no party like a T-Bo Party"),
"Waiting for My Ya Ya," "Honky Tonk Zydeco" (described as "Hilly
Billy Zydeco"), and "T-Broussard's in the Land," which begins with Classie
Ballou's thumping bass. T-Broussard offers a mellower side of zydeco in "3 O'Clock in
the Morning" and "Don't Want You No More."
The CD Git It On, Git It On was released by SoulWood
Records. Other musicians in addition to T-Broussard and Classie Ballou are Eddie Sinegal
on scrubboard, Paul Levan on drums, and Keith Frank on guitar.
T-Broussard also recorded Party Time, a CD with Robby
Robinson's Zydeco Warriers (after Zydeco Force had dissolved), released in 1999 by
Louisiana Red Hot Records.
T-Broussard in 2004
T-Broussard is shown performing with the Zydeco
Steppers during a program on Creole and Zydeco music at the Strand
Theater in Jennings. Among the other performers was his mother, Mary
Jane Broussard, shown at lower right, the only female accordionist
currently playing in the traditional Creole style.