Happy Monday! Sorry for the wait but I am definitely back! It’s always good to take a break, even from things that you enjoy doing. I took that time to re-focus a little and think of ways to male my blog, my writing, and myself better. Of course during that time, I was listening to some of my favorite music, as well as discovering some new music. I have found a lot of young, new artists but I am going to take my time writing about them, building up enough content to give you guys a good introduction. It’s all about quality and timing…
Now, while I was listening to some of my older favorites and reminiscing about the “good ole days”, the opportunity to see one of my favorite local artists, Marc Broussard, presented itself. He was going to be performing at a local festival, about 45 minutes to an hour away, and the radio station that I work for was one of the sponsors. I would be able to attend for free but the tickets were only $10 and I would’ve paid that without question regardless. Hell, for Marc, I would’ve paid if it was way more than that, because seeing him live is worth it.
The Beginning of Marc Broussard & His Music
Marc Broussard is a 35 year old singer/ songwriter out of Carencro/ Lafayette, Louisiana. He is best described as a “Bayou Soul” artist. His music is a mix of Funk, Blues, R&B, Rock, Pop, and of course his strong Southern upbringing. He has released 8 studio albums, 1 live album, 3 EPs, and has charted twice on Hot Adult Top 40.
Marc released several independent projects while starting his solo career. One of those projects, called Momentary Setback (that I still have a hard copy of) that was released in 2002 helped him immensely. In 2004, under Island Records, he released a re-worked version of that project, and named it after his hometown Carencro. This is still one of my favorite albums from him. And I believe that he has another album coming out this summer (YAY!)
A LOOK INTO MARC’S DISCOGRAPHY:
The Live Experience that is Marc & His Band
The first time I ever saw Marc live it was back in 2003 or 2004 at a local festival in Lafayette, LA called Festival International. It was his first time performing there but the city was already pretty excited for him; I know that I was. My mom brought me and we made sure to be as close to the stage as possible, for me of course LOL. I don’t remember every detail from that night but I do still have the pictures and I know that both my mom and I enjoyed ourselves.
Before this most recent time seeing him, I have seen him maybe twice. But, you can bet that the crowd was much larger this time around, and he was one of the “headliners” on the main stage that year. I felt so proud to have been a fan from the beginning and getting a chance to see his fan base grow.
For this festival, my friend was up to going to see Marc with me, which would’ve been her first time seeing him. It turned out being even more perfect than I thought it would be. Marc and his band (2 guitarists & 1 drummer, all from Louisiana) was awesome! One of his band members even performed an original song and it was such a jam. Marc performed a lot of his older music from his first album which brought back so many memories for me. Overall, I think I made another Marc Broussard fan, something I always love doing 🙂
Why Supporting Local Music is Important…
I know that I don’t talk about local artists a lot in my blog and I hope to change that. There are 2 pretty big reasons why I don’t though. Reason #1 is because the ones I do like and would love to talk about, there isn’t a lot of information out there about them yet. Reason #2 is that a majority of the “popular” artists in my area are either rappers, Zydeco, or Country artists; and I like music that is different, unique, and more positive.
Don’t get me started on the local club scene down here. There are some nice clubs that host live music but those artists aren’t out there like that which is understandable and I can always work something out to do a write up about them one day. But, as of right now, I want to write about artists and music that move me, speak to my soul, and a lot of local music does not do that for me. Marc Broussard does that. He is such a sweet, down to earth guy, on top of being one of the most talented musicians I have seen and listened to.
At the end of the day, though, it is good to check out and support those local artists who are trying to follow their dreams, even if they come from a small place like here in Louisiana. I do not want to tear down their dreams, whether I love the music they make or not. I’m trying to live out my dreams too and support is always appreciated, even if I don’t get much of it from these surroundings. Everyone deserves a shot at their dream and as long as they don’t hurt anyone to get there, I’m all for it.
Follow Marc & Check Out His Music!
Twitter & Instagram @marcbroussard