LISTEN TO: Marc Broussard - Live @ Irving Plaza/NYC (7/19/2007)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, The Ghetto, Hard Knocks, Master Blaster, Rocksteady, Inner City Blues, Love & Happiness, Come Around, Hot Pants, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, The Wanderer, Try Me, Home


NEW RELEASE: Marc Broussard - S.O.S: Save Our Soul
(Soul/Funk)

Click Here to get more info about NEW RELEASE:Marc Broussard - S.O.S: Save Our Soul Man, this album cooks. It's like eating rice & gravy and slopping up tha xtra with one of grandma's buttermilk biscuits (with extra butter on both sides). I first encountered Marc Broussard on a TV special last year and said to myself (here comes yet another "blue eyed soul white guy from Louisiana"). However when I slid this album into the car CD player, I simply couldn't believe my ears. What came out of my box was "Stevie Wondereque", however it wasn't the lame "Stevie Wonderish 1977 - 1981 ish mid tempo boring imitation" that seems to be a pre-requisite for most every male neo soul artist in 2007. Instead what we get from Marc Broussard to open the album is a NOTE FOR NOTE COVER of Stevie Wonder's "You've Met Your Match" from 1968. In other words Marc Broussard is going for broke, right off the bat. I mean he's not going after the lush, synthesized (and boring) Stevie. He's going after the tough, teenaged, blind, raw & funkee Stevie sitting alone at the electric keyboards and then jumping up and down on the piano stool, looking like he's gonna fall on the floor. And he succeeds in recreating that "1968 Motown AM radio sound", because if he hadn't, I would have immediately hit the eject button and removed it from my CD player, without listening to the rest of the album. That's cuz if you are gonna go after THAT Stevie, you had betta come correct!!!

In other words Broussard, is doing on this album what the Black "neo soul" male artists are afraid to do, he is actually performing "Classic Soul", and doing so unashamedly. As for the rest of the album, it remains true to the first song, just as the press release says; Al Green's 'Love and Happiness' the record's first single, The Staple Singers 'Respect Yourself, Otis Redding's 'I've been Loving You Too Long' and 'Yes, We Can, Can' written by New Orleans songwriter Allen Toussaint. So yeah, it's primarily an album of covers with the exception of "Come In From The Cold". But it's not just the fact that Marc Broussard's doing "covers" that makes this album kick. It's the fact that he is also using a "dated style". These songs all sound like they were recorded 30 years ago and man do they sound "warm". They sound like "vacuum tubes" instead of "transistors" and if you don't understand the difference between the two, then don't but this album, cuz you aren't gonna like it anyway. However if you do understand the difference between eating one of grandma's biscuits and eating one from a fast food joint, then you are gonna love this album.

Check out Marc Broussard on the web at Marc Broussard

--Bob Davis
earthjuice@prodigy.net


NYC CONCERT REVIEW: Marc Broussard @ Irving Plaza (Filmore)

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My review of the Marc Broussard show at Irving Plaza, NYC, Thursday, June 19

First and foremost, thank you, Bob, for the invitation and also thanks to Vanguard Records.

When Bob invited me several nights earlier I had no clue who Marc Broussard was. I You Tubed" him and saw that he's another blue-eyed soul artist, but with the chops. None of that Timberlake/Thicke falsetto, though. Bordering, maybe, Tom Waits-ish. Very down-homey. Louisiana to be exact.

I read accounts of his style being called "Bayou Soul" and "Cajun Funk."

As we arrive and head to our location, the sounds of Eddie Hazel's P-Funk version of "California Dreaming" is wafting through the speakers and I'm wondering what the FUNK is going to happen tonight. I think the following song was by Mavis Staples but, specifically, all the songs being played over the sound system were by Black artists.

The crowd is majority 20-something White. The electricity and anticipation is palpable. Especially from me.

LISTEN TO: Marc Broussard - Live @ Irving Plaza/NYC (7/19/2007)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, The Ghetto, Hard Knocks, Master Blaster, Rocksteady, Inner City Blues, Love & Happiness, Come Around, Hot Pants, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, The Wanderer, Try Me, Home


Finally, the band appears. Drummer, bassist, guitarist, keyboards. Then Mr. Broussard. The opening strains of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" are heard. The audience sings along to the chorus. WE all know this song.

Among other covers he performed were:

Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Inner City Blues -- Marvin Gaye
Love & Happiness -- Al Green
Hot Pants -- James Brown

He sang a duet with a featured performer on his Revue: Shannon McNally. They did Marvin and Tammi's "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You."

After the first 3 songs Marc did, he allowed Ms. McNally to shine on her own while he took an extended breather. I felt she did a credible job. Her style--reminiscent of Bonnie Raitt both vocally and instrumentally but nowhere near the talent of Ms. Raitt who is a venerated and revered Blues/Pop icon.

She performed 6 songs. Count em--6! Uh, Marc, please return to the stage. Already, I picture the milk cartons with Marc's face on it.

When he finally returns, the energy level again kicks up a notch. In the meantime, the band is TIGHT!!! At one point he introduces each member as they solo; they are an integrated group:

Chad Gilmore - drums
Calvin Turner - bass
Court Clement - guitar
De Marco Johnson - keys
All the band members are from Louisiana. Marc truly seems to have a long-time bond with them.

On one of the later numbers he introduces Eric Krasno of Soulive on guitar. The only song I was vaguely familiar with that was an original composition was "Home" which he ended the concert with; a driving, pulsating slab of southern funk which began with what
I sensed were strains of Led Zep's "Nobody's Fault But Mine."

Marc Broussard has definitely done his homework and appears to have a deep appreciation for classic rhythm & blues. He should have legs for a long time as long
as the suits don't try to mold him into another flavor of the moment as we've been bombarded recently with the likes of Joss Stone/Amy Winehouse/Timberlake/Thicke, etc.

At this time I had to leave as the band returned for it's encore. No doubt the party continued.

--n0z0


LISTEN TO: Marc Broussard - Live @ Irving Plaza/NYC (7/19/2007)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, The Ghetto, Hard Knocks, Master Blaster, Rocksteady, Inner City Blues, Love & Happiness, Come Around, Hot Pants, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, The Wanderer, Try Me, Home




POST CONCERT NOTES - Marc Broussard Live @ Irving Plaza (Filmore)
(photo by Syncere Zakee)



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I have a few more thoughts to add to Nozo's excellent review, since he had to leave early.

1. Crowd of about 1,000 white kids aged 18-25. He sang songs like "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Love & Happiness", "Inner City Blues", "Signed Sealed, Delivered", etc. What was amazing to me is that those kids were singing along with him. THEY ACTUALLY KNEW THE LYRICS...

Ask yourself this question...
How many Black kids between the ages of 18-25 know the lyrics to: "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Love & Happiness", "Inner City Blues", "Signed Sealed, Delivered", etc?

2. The irony of Marc Broussard singing Donny Hathaway's "THE GHETTO" and Marvin Gaye's "INNER CITY BLUES" to an all white crowd and having them singing the lyrics back, was not lost on me.

3. Marc's natural singing voice is almost a dead ringer for Stevie Wonder/Donny Hathaway

4. The entire show ran for about 3 hours. It consisted of Marc's classic soul covers from the "S.O.S" album plus his own originals from his previous albums (which to me sound "Dave Matthewsish").

5. It was a great evening of "rock & soul". I found that to be interesting since Clear Channel/Live nation owned "Irving Plaza" has now been renamed "The Filmore". And of course the original "Filmore East" was a place that fused together "rock & soul" for a completely different generation of people

6. After the show I interviewed Marc Broussard for about 15 min. He came up to the same area where we had been sitting. When he was introduced to me by his publicist, he said..."I'm glad to finally see a Black person at one of these shows..."

7. We talked about music, Katrina, race relations and more.

8. Bottom line, Marc Broussard as a person & as an artist is about as far from being anything like these "wigger type artists" who are currently being rammed down our throats by the mainstream media. He is instead more like "the only white kid in an all black neighborhood", that made it out and therefore has earned a "lifetime ghetto pass"

--Bob Davis




LISTEN TO: Marc Broussard - Live @ Irving Plaza/NYC (7/19/2007)

Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, The Ghetto, Hard Knocks, Master Blaster, Rocksteady, Inner City Blues, Love & Happiness, Come Around, Hot Pants, I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know, The Wanderer, Try Me, Home





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