Not even six years old, Marc Broussard learned the song “Johnny B. Goode” with his dad.
The Chuck Berry tune famously tells the story of a poor country boy from Louisiana who had a knack for playing guitar.
It’s Broussard’s earliest musical memory. His father put him on a stage that weekend, and he loved every minute of it.
“I was ready to go,” Broussard said. “I was born to do what I do.”
Now 26, much of Marc Broussard’s music mixes blues and rock. It’s music Broussard’s deep baritone was made to sing. He will perform Saturday on the alternative stage at the BamaJam Music and Arts Festival in Enterprise.
Broussard grew up in Carencro, La., a small town just outside Lafayette. His father, Boogie Kings member and Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard, was a big musical influence. Broussard and his father co-wrote the song “Home” off his first album.
“He exposed me to some really great music,” Broussard said of his father. “He also allowed me to be a kid at the same time.”
Since his 2004 debut with “Carencro” — named for his hometown — Marc Broussard has continued to draw attention and new fans.
He followed up “Carencro” in 2007 with “S.O.S.: Save Our Soul,” a collection featuring remakes of soul classics from R&B icons like Al Green, Stevie Wonder and Otis Redding. He released his first EP with Atlantic Records in February. The title track, “Must be the Water,” was used earlier this year as the theme for TNT’s on-air promotions of the 2008 All-Star games in New Orleans. The full-length album comes out Sept. 23.
He’s got a following among the 20-something college set, but the musician said he welcomes anyone to his music.
“I’ve always prided myself on the fact we could cross generational barriers with my music,” Broussard said in a telephone interview with the Dothan Eagle. “I welcome all comers. I like the opportunity of being able to bring families together with my music.”
Listening to music, after all, is what he does with his own family.
Broussard and his wife have two boys and a girl, all under the age of 6. Home is still in Carencro, where Census figures put the population at just over 6,000. Broussard travels for extensive periods of time, but his schedule has also allowed him to stay at home with his family almost non-stop since November. He cherishes the time — picking up his kids from school, listening to music with them and shopping at Wal-Mart (a task he was doing during this particular phone interview).
“It’s made me the man I am today and because of that made me a better performer,” Broussard said of having children.
Being away from family is difficult, but Broussard said the pros outweigh the cons. Life on the road showed Broussard how much family meant to him, which is why he keeps his roots near his hometown.
“For the most part, I didn’t realize how important it was to me until I started traveling,” he said.
Growing up around music, Broussard started to find his own “groove” around the time he turned 19. He’s still trying to find out who he is as a man and musician. But for now, he’s making music he likes and wants to hear.
He may find himself yet in the music he prefers — that gritty, dark world of soul and blues.
“I think it just really comes from the heart,” Broussard said. “It’s music that’s written by real people. Their deepest, darkest passions for the whole world to see.”
pardon the slideshow, bbs, i just wanted to show the gorgeousness of this song