Zydeco Dance Party: Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys
One of the most influential accordionists and vocalists in contemporary zydeco music, Jeffery Broussard began his career playing drums in his father’s band, Delton Broussard & the Lawtell Playboys. The youngest of 11 children, Broussard was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1967. During his teenage years, Broussard played drums in The Zydeco Machines, a band led by his oldest brother, Clinton. In the late 1980s, Broussard was a member of Zydeco Force, which also included his late brother Shelton, cousin Herbert, and co-founder Robert “Mann” Robinson. Together, they pioneered a sound that integrated R&B within a contemporary zydeco context. When Zydeco Force disbanded in 2005, Broussard formed The Creole Cowboys, returning full circle to his roots and a more traditional style of performance.