Zydeco musicians play instruments like the fiddle, trumpet, accordion, saxophone, and the lesser known rubboard
, or washboard, a tool traditionally used to wash clothes.
Their Zydeco rubboard
(one of the few instruments invented entirely in the United States) was such a hit that one young musician joined them to play it throughout their four-hour performance aboard a parade float the next day.
We drew our water from a well in the back yard with a bucket and Mom washed oh a rubboard
and used a washpot.
Zydeco's steely pulse is derived from the signature instrument in its rhythm section, the corrugated metal scrapper known as a rubboard
or scrubboardor, in Creole, froittoir.