Richard Le Bouef

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Zydeco accordion player Richard LeBouef couldn't speak English until he learned the language when he entered school. His first language was Cajun French, which he learned in the home of the grandparents…
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Zydeco accordion player Richard LeBouef couldn't speak English until he learned the language when he entered school. His first language was Cajun French, which he learned in the home of the grandparents who raised him. His grandfather imparted respect and love for the family's Cajun heritage, which led LeBouef to his strong attraction to the culture's music. A budding entertainer, he began to play the accordion when he was seven years old and performed for the first time at a dance before he had turned ten. Now he fronts a group called Two Step and plays throughout his home state of Louisiana at numerous events and festivals, many of which are concentrated in the southwestern region of the state. Their dance music is a mixture of swamp pop, zydeco, and Cajun numbers. Sometimes during a performance, they throw in a bit of country or rock. LeBouef's trademark is his joviality, and his style of playing the accordion could be described as exuberant squeezing. His band includes drummer Kevin Sonnier, bassist Jimmy Hebert, piano player Eric Adcock, and guitarist Tim Picard. LeBouef and his wife, who met during high school, have two children.