Went back to work today (for most of the day) and what was waiting for me, but my AUTOGRAPHED Marc Broussard CD, SOS: Save Our Soul.
Now, I am fiercely proud of my Cajun heritage and all that entails, but Marc….he’s special. He’s from the Lafayette area, as am I, except I’m from the South side of town where he grew up on the North side of town. Regardless, it’s God’s country. Folks work hard and play harder and music is ALWAYS at the forefront.
Marc’s Daddy, Ted, is a member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as a renowned guitarist for the famous Boogie Kings, headed up by G.G. Shinn and for years, a musical fixture in South Louisiana. While flavored with Cajun French Music and Zydeco, the main focus of this music is Stax and Old Soul. Marc now takes this music to a new and revived level with his new CD, comprised mostly of lesser known covers by signature Soul artists.
One of my favorites on the CD, Love and Happiness, was written and originally released by the Reverend Al Green. Another very interesting throwback to the old South Louisiana bands is Bobby Womack’s Harry Hippie.
Just for me, Marc included one of my absolute favorite songs on this CD, Otis Redding’s I’ve Been Lovin’ You. This is the first song that Mr. D and I ever danced to, so it holds a very special place in my heart. I didn’t think that anyone could do it justice but Otis, however Marc comes close. And, did I mention that he’s Cajun?
So far, the reviews of SOS that I’ve seen are stellar. I mentioned the track listing for SOS in the recent “covers” post, but I failed to extoll how this CD is so artfully seated in “soul”. You can sample all of Marc’s new songs, here. Marc has really stayed true to the music that he loves and this release is really the closest to true soul music that I’ve heard in a very long time. Toby Lightman provides an added dimension on the Staples’ Respect Yourself, as well as one of my all time favorites:
If I Could Build My Whole World Around You
There isn’t a bad song on the CD. Even Marc’s original, Come in From the Cold, is wonderful.
And, Marc’s got serious issues with TPTB in the music industry. He’s vocal about treatment of artists by radio and record companies and the fact that an “artists’ alliance” is sorely needed. This recent article in the Orlando Weekly underscores Marc’s disdain for the manipulation of music:
As far as Broussard’s concerned, he’s got the best job in the world and the business end takes care of itself as long as he stays true to the music. He hires great musicians and lets them loose. Sound simple? Sure. Yet, Broussard’s aware of how people screw up such a simple plan.
“Today, music is, you hire a great fucking drummer and on the record you have some representation of that drummer’s performance, but it’s not that drummer’s performance. He lays down a couple measures of the groove and they take that one section and paste it over and over, and it takes out the humanity.” Broussard pauses. “I’m not into that.”
Marc really is all about the music and has been innovative in finding ways to get his music out to as many people as possible with the belief that if the music is good….really good….people will BUY it.