There is an immediate camaraderie between Louisiana Folk who are traveling or living outside of Louisiana. And, there is a certain awe that people tend to have toward folks who come from Louisiana.
“Do you have alligators in your backyard?”
“Do you eat Gumbo for every meal?”
“Do they really have people named Boudreaux and Thibodeaux there?”
Umm….yes? If you’re Marc Broussard.
“I’ll be in an airport and see folks wearing Saints shirts and holler ‘WHO DAT!’ They give me a confused look. And I’m thinking, you must not be from Louisiana,” Marc explains. Because folks from Louisiana just sort of “know” each other and Marc speaks to those people in a language they can understand and makes people who aren’t from here want to be from here.
Marc spent his who life cultivating his pride in Louisiana and sense of home in Carencro and he still lives there today with his wife and children. He looks and sounds like he belongs here and, no matter where he travels on tour, it is Louisiana that you feel when you watch and listen to him performing.
In his song, “Au Long De La Riviere,” he writes about a place owned by a family friend that is deep in the Atchafalaya Swamp and only accessible by boat. He paints a picture of the exact type of place we envision when we think of life on the bayou. This is the music that makes Louisiana so intriguing to those who are not from here and heart warming to those who are. It’s a peaceful and slow-moving story of a place with ferns and cypress, the quiet of the swamp and the rustling of alligators and raccoons. He paints a picture of “home” or something that feels like home.
And, speaking of home, Marc tells us the story of his song “Home,” which has been performed by artists from Kelly Clarkston to the broadcast programs like Clash of the Choirs in 2007. This was, sort of, collaboration between Marc and his father, the Louisiana Hall of Fame artist Ted Broussard. While on a long ride in Ted’s truck, Marc and his father came up with the riff and some lyrics for the song.
We might also hear a few songs from his new album, A Life Worth Living, which will be released this coming spring. Inspiration for the album was sparked with the song A Life Worth Living, which he wrote after the passing of his grandmother.
For the concert this week, Marc will be playing with Roddie Romero. While they have played together before, the Louisiana Crossroads will be a first for the artists and, while he spent a long of Thanksgivings with relatives in Iowa, LA, Central School will be a first for Marc and he is looking forward to the venue and the show.
The concert, which will also be live broadcast on Louisiana Public Radio, will be the first of 4 concerts that are part of the Louisiana Crossroads series. This series combines live music with artist interviews and stories from the artists.
Tickets are still available online for $12 or $15 at the door. Or, should you prefer to listen live, you can hear it on 88.7 KRVS.