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29 Mar

A Meeting of The Groove

Frank Knuckles

Since forming in Philadelphia in the early 1990s, the Roots have been one of the best regarded bands in hip-hop and music. They were one of the first hip-hop bands to take up instruments and they've been an acclaimed act for nearly two decades.

Although the band is known for their explosive live shows, they're busy creating the TV-ready intros and outros that will buffer each segment on the show. Frank and The Roots will hold a residency at NY's Highline Ballroom playing weekly shows and will continue working on a new album.

You can catch Pearl Percussionist Frank Knuckles every weeknight on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.


Tracy Broussard
Born in South Louisiana, Tracy was influenced by a musical "jambalaya" of Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Funk and Country. His whole family played music and at an early age, Tracy was sneaking into his brothers' rehearsals and gigs. At the age of ten, he was sitting in with local bands.

Tracy was a member of the marching, symphonic and concert bands at Acadiana High School in Scott, Louisiana, and was also a District Honor Band member. In his sophomore year at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he joined a local band, City Limits. He earned his Liberal Arts degree in Public Relations and began touring regionally. The band was a national finalist in the True Value/Jimmy Dean Country Showdown in 1994. The finals took place at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and that's when Tracy realized Nashville was the place to be. After a European tour with Grammy-nominated band Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys and a brief tour with the late Amie Comeaux, he took the next step in his career and moved to Nashville in August 1996. He was a member of the R&B Funk Dance band, The Groove Addiction, which was the house band for the Nashville Predators' inaugural season in 1998-99.

Since then, Tracy has toured with Mila Mason, Shane Minor (opening for Shania Twain), Craig Morgan, Rebecca Lynn Howard and Doug Stone. His first Tonight Show appearance was with Cyndi Thomson in October 2001, and within four months, appeared again with Grammy-nominated artist, Jamie O'Neal. Tracy toured the rest of 2002 with Jamie O'Neal. That year also included a USO tour of Europe and the Mediterranean. Another highlight was a CMT appearance with Jamie O'Neal and Michael McDonald, performing a song from the Mel Gibson movie, "We Were Soldiers".

Currently, Tracy is entering his ninth year touring with reigning CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the year, Blake Shelton. Blake has recently garnered his 11th #1 single, sixth consecutive, and completed a sold-out "Well Lit and Amplified" headlining tour.

Tracy’s television appearances with Blake include the CMA Awards, ACM Awards, "Blake Shelton Live: It's All About Tonight" DVD and GAC Special, Dancing with The Stars, CMT's Invitation Only Special, DirecTV's The 101 Concert Special, CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Fox and Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Grand Ole Opry Live.

One of Tracy's side-projects is Trypta-Phunk, a funk/fusion group that blends odd-time signatures with funky grooves. When not backing up Shelton, he is performing and recording with the group.

He is also staying busy with RoadDawg Online, a website all about touring drummers. RoadDawg Online is your all-access pass with interviews, roundtable discussions, product reviews, set-ups and columns from the pros.

In 2009, Tracy placed fifth in Modern Drummers’ Readers Poll in the Country category.