T BROUSSARD AND THE ZYDECO HIGH STEPPERS
June 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Bryant Keith “T” Broussard’s fate as a Zydeco musician was sealed long before he was born. He is a descendent of Creole and zydeco music icons. His mother, Mary Jane Ardoin, stands alone as a female who has mastered the idiom of the traditional Creole accordion, a talent that was undoubtedly transcended from her uncle Bois Sec Ardoin, Creole music pioneer, her uncle Carlton Frank, world-known Creole violinist, and many others in the profession.
Besides his mother, whom Bryant credits for his love of the music, other relatives have also influenced him, such as his Great Uncles, the legendary Bois Sec Ardoin, and the Pioneer of Louisiana French Blues, Amede Ardoin. Also Included in that family trend is Queen Ida, the Grammy-winning Zydeco veteran of the West Coast.
Bryant recalls childhood memories of playing drums or scrub board while his mother performed for audiences at local dances. It was not until 1993, at the age of 21, that he began to take his talents seriously and established his own band. Since then he has worked with unwavering ambition to achieve excellence in his destined career.
Bryant’s stage presence exudes a remarkable energy. He has been booked for performances from coast to coast. Some of his performances include both East and West Coast tours. A few of the festivals Bryant has performed in includes the Memphis, Tennessee Beale Street Festival, the Sparks, Nevada July 4th Festival, the Alabama Blues Festival, and the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival. Other prominent local Louisiana events include the Zydeco Extravaganza in Opelousas, The Cajun Hot Sauce Festival in New Iberia, The MudBug Festival in Shreveport, and numerous casino performances in Lake Charles, Kinder, Vinton, Marksville, and New Orleans. Some of his musical recordings can even be heard as the background music to promotional radio commercials and a Discovery Channel television program.
Accordionist, singer, and songwriter are among several of Bryant’s musical talents. He also plays drums, scrub board, and bass guitar. Although zydeco music is Bryant’s primary performance style, he also plays traditional Creole music.
Bryant released ablums titled “Knock, Knock,” Git It On, Git It On,” and “Party Time” his latest album titled “Zydeco Lover” was released in February of 2007 and has qualifed Bryant as one of the first Creole Zydeco nominees in the new Zydeco Grammy catagory .