Marc Broussard says his new album is his best
Louisiana-based bayou-soul troubadour Marc Broussard wears his love for his wife, Sonya, on his sleeve on his self-titled collection set for release June 14.
"Most of [the inspiration for the album] was my wife and my relationship with her, the love that I feel for the woman," Broussard said via telephone while at home on break tending to his newborn son, his fourth child.
"[Sonya is] my best friend. A song like 'Let Me Do It Over' is basically about nothing in particular, just the random times where I see that something is wrong. I have no idea what I did to cause it. So I just apologize. Say, 'I'm so sorry I don't know what I did but I'm sure I did something. Give me another chance because I'm a knucklehead but I really do love you a whole lot. Please don't leave me just give me another chance because I'd be miserable without you.' That's an overall view.
"A song like 'Our Big Mistake' is the story of our lives -- the fact that I've got to leave all the time. That I have to take these trips on the road and go places and leave for a long time. It's excruciating to be away from my best friend like that for any amount of time, much less the six weeks that I go on tour. A song like 'Only Everything' is just a party song. It's just a dance song. No real story from my life to relate in the song. It's just a whole lot of fun to dance to."
Broussard is hoping to inspire dancing among fans when he begins a tour on June 14. But first and foremost, he's just excited to get the album in stores.
"It's been awhile since we released our last," Broussard said of 2008's "Keep Coming Back." "I think this is by far the strongest album I've ever put out. I'm just excited for my fans to be able to get a hold of it and get out there and play some songs, some new songs for these folks."
The 29-year-old son of Boogie Kings guitarist (and Louisiana Hall of Fame member) Ted Broussard said he feels that the album's strength lies in its authenticity.
"I think it's a pretty clear picture into my life and my relationship with my wife," he said. "I think it's a well-rounded album. It offers several different looks, and I think it's diverse enough to keep the listener interested. At the same time, still, it's not so diverse that it seems schizophrenic. I think there's a common thread through the whole thing. All around, I think the album itself is good. The songs are good. The production is good. And it's a great time to release an album, summertime."
The first single from the album is the uptempo song "Only Everything," which has already begun scoring at Hot AC radio outlets nationwide. A companion music video -- directed by filmmakers Paul and Joey Boukadakis -- is now in pre-production, with a premiere date to be announced soon. What's more, Broussard will celebrate the new album's release with a performance of "Only Everything" on TBS' "Lopez Tonight," scheduled for June 13.
"My wife is a big fan of Keith Urban," Broussard said of "Only Everything." "He's got some of these barnburner, uptempo tunes that I've never had on the record. I told my producer, Jamie Kenney, 'We have to write one of these up tempo, four-on-the-floor barnburners.' And he loved the idea. We wrote the song. It's not supposed to be real cerebral, lyrically. It's just supposed to tell a story about how a guy wants to have fun with a girl."
Broussard said the self-titled name of the album accurately reflects the mission of "Marc Broussard."
"It's really symbolic of the way we all feel about this new album," he said. "It's the best Marc Broussard album that's ever been. It's a statement to the world. We're going to let the music speak for itself. There's no need to put any spin or theme on it. It's "Marc Broussard." This is the best that Marc Broussard has to give. If you don't like it, then I might not be cut out for this business."
Fans can judge for themselves when the album is released, and when Broussard begins takes to the road. He will be expanding his band for the performances.
"I believe that one of the opening acts will be a group from Canada," Broussard said. "These four girls called Chic Gamine. They're going to be singing backgrounds for me on this tour. I'll have four female background singers and they're all amazing. I actually personally requested Chic to go on tour with me. I'm a big fan of what they do and was excited to have them out and come and sing backgrounds for me.
"In that sense, the band will be a little bigger and a little better because my musicians no longer have to worry about singing. They can relax and focus on their instrument. Really, it's going to be a bit of the old with the new stuff. Obviously, we're going to be playing new music, which is always exciting for us as a band to be playing new stuff and letting the stuff evolve naturally as the tour goes on.
"I think people should get ready for one hell of a show. We're going to try and put on about a two-hour show, and all in all have a damn good time."
14 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
16 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
17 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - Coach House (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
18 - Visalia, CA - Visalia Fox Theatre (with Matt Hires and Honeymoon)
19 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
21 - Petaluma, CA - McNear's Mystic Theatre (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
22 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
24 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater (w/ Matt Hires)
25 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
26 - Vancouver, British Columbia - The Venue (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
29 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
30 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory (w/ Matt Hires)
1 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room (w/ Matt Hires)
2 - Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
3 - Las Vegas, NV - Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip (w/ Matt Hires and Chic Gamine)
6 - Austin, TX - Antone's (with Alpha Rev and Chic Gamine)
7 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues (w/ Alpha Rev and Chic Gamine)
8 - Houston, TX - House of Blues (w/ Alpha Rev and Chic Gamine)
9 - New Orleans, LA - Harrah's (w/ Alpha Rev and Chic Gamine)
14 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom
15 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
16 - Boston, MA - Newburyport River Fest
17 - Patchogue, NY - Great South Bay Music Fest
20 - Bethlehem, PA - Musikfest Cafe
21 - York, PA - The Capital Theatre
22 - Ann Arbor, MI - Ann Arbor Art Fair
23 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
24 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall (w/ Scars on 45 and Sarah and Christian Dugas)
27 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
28 - Annapolis, MD - Ram's Head Live (acoustic show with Scars on 45 and Sarah and Christian Dugas)
29 - Asheville, NC - Bele Chere Festival
30 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
31 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
3 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
4 - Des Moines, IA - People's Court
5 -Kansas City, MO - Crosstown Station
6 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
8 - Morrison, CO - Red Rock Amphitheatre
9 - Fort Collins, CO - Aggie Theatre