Concept albums and big themes aside, sometime making a new album is simply as gathering up your best new songs and heading into the studio. For Marc Broussard, the versatile Louisiana bayou troubadour, tackling his fifth studio album in almost a decade can be somewhat summed up by the simple eponymous title -- nothing fancy, no bells and whistles...just good honest, finely crafted songs delivered in the southern pop/soul vein that he wears as comfortably as a good pair of jeans. “I wasn’t on a mission,” Broussard says matter-of-factly. “This album was just about putting out really strong music.”
As the son of legendary Louisiana guitarist Ted Broussard, Marc not only grew up in a house full of music he also took in all of the great regional musical influences when he began to create his own, from rich R+B to honky-tonk rock, roadhouse blues to cajun party music, funky Neville Brothers-styled shuffles to front porch country/folk. Anchoring it all is Broussard's remarkably expressive and wide-ranging vocal style, a husky, gospel-tinged tenor that seems to soar to the heavens when the urge strikes. Broussard's latest, due June 14 via Atlantic, strikes something of a new tone with the help of producer and co-writer Jamie Kenney. “He definitely pushed me to find what I really wanted to say to people as well as to pull me out of my comfort zone as a singer," say Broussard. "He encouraged me to do things I wouldn’t normally do, which turned out so well."
Marc Broussard - "Lucky" (from the album Marc Broussard)
Marc Broussard - "Going Home" (from the album Keep Coming Back)