By - Geoffrey Himes
Friday, Oct 28, 2011
With his big, white cowboy hat pulled over his eyes, a single-row button accordion cradled in his arms and a toothpick dangling from the corner of his mouth, Jeffery Broussard makes no bones about his rural roots. His father is legendary zydeco accordionist Delton Broussard, and he grew up on the farms of south Louisiana's St. Landry Parish, where the influences of lilting Cajun fiddle and syncopated Caribbean drumming are still strong in older zydeco bands.
Broussard's new album, "Return of the Creole," brings those older Creole flavors back to a younger zydeco scene increasingly marked by funk, disco and hip-hop. He plays the fiddle on Clifton Chenier's "Tante Na Na" and Canray Fontenot's "Old Carpenter's Waltz" and sings in French on the traditional "Allons a Lafayette" and the late Boozoo Chavis's "Prier Pour Moi."
But this is no quaint history lesson. Broussard's quintet can make a dance floor crowded and sweaty with such bluesy stompers as "I Love Big Fat Women" and "Hard to Stop." The precision-calibrated push-and-pull of the rhythms is generated by young drummer Vandrecus Wilson and bassist Classie Ballou, an alumnus of Chavis's great band.