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Tracy Broussard
Blake Shelton - United States

Overview

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.

Links

Road Dawg Website
Blake Shelton's Official Website
Trypta-Phunk's Official Website

Equipment Configuration

Music City Custom
White Satin Moire
22x18 bass drum
12x9 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 snare drum

Reference Pure Series
Ultra Blue Fade
22x20 bass drum
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom

ICON Rack System (custom)
CH1030 cymbal holders
PCX100 clamps
PCL100 pipe clamp
S1030 snare stands
H1050 hi-hat stand
P2050C Eliminator Chain Pedal
D2500 throne
TH1030 tom holder
PGA32 hex ganza
TNK10N tension keepers

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Reference Pure Series
Granite Sparkle
22x20 bass drum
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Reference Pure snare drum - Black Pearl
12x7 soprano snare drum

DR503C ICON Rack (custom)
CH1000 cymbal holders
CH1000 cymbal holders (modified to hold mics)
PCX100 clamps
PCL100 pipe clamps
S1000 snare stands
S900 snare stand
H1000K hi-hat stand
P2000C drum pedal
D2500 throne
TH1000I tom holder
PGA32 hex ganza
TNK10N tension keepers

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Reference Series
Ivory Pearl
22x20 Bass Drum
12x9 Tom
14x14 Floor Tom
16x16 Floor Tom
14x6.5 Reference Snare Drum in Twilight Fade
12x7 Soprano Snare Drum

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Reference Series
Red Pearl
22x20 bass drum
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
16x16 bass drum
(using JG-16 convertor)
14x6.5 brass Sensitone snare drum
12x7 Soprano snare drum

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MMP Masters Series
Antique Sunburst
22x18 bass drum
16x16 bass drum
(using JG-16 convertor)
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x5 Ultracast snare drum
12x7 Soprano snare drum

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MMX Masters Series Diamond Burst
22x18 bass drum
16x16 bass drum
(using JG-16 convertor)
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom

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SRX Session Series
Cranberry Fade
20x16 bass drum
12x9 tom
14x14 tom
16x16 tom

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