Monday, September 5, 2016

Marc Broussard at City Winery

 Singer/songwriter Marc Broussard is the son of guitarist Ted Broussard of the Louisiana Hall of Fame-inducted Boogie Kings. Marc Broussard was raised in Lafayette and Carencro, Louisiana, where he developed a taste for Cajun music and rhythm and blues. In 2001 Broussard was part of Y, a short-lived Christian rock band based out of New Iberia, Louisiana. He was barely 20 years old when he recorded his debut solo album in 2002. Broussard released the Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina album in 2005, with all proceeds helping to rebuild Broussard's home state. He then founded the Momentary Setback Fund in 2008 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. Broussard will release his seventh studio album, a covers album entitled S. O. S. 2: Save Our Soul: Soul on a Mission, on September 30, 2016, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go to a not-for-profit organization that works with the poor and homeless in Atlanta, Georgia.

With his long, brown, bushy beard, Marc Broussard looked as homespun as he sounded tonight at City Winery. Gruff, burly vocals delivered a hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul. Well-crafted lyrics were wrapped in a mix of funk, blues, R&B, rock, and pop, all distinctively southern and nuanced with a flare of small-town America sensibilities. Broussard's husky thrust was tempered with emotional authenticity, so that even the lighter pop songs were powered by a degree of deep-gut gravity. Relatively unknown, even a cursory listen revealed Broussard as a buried American treasure.

Visit Marc Broussard at www.marcbroussard.com.