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Louisiana-based troubadour Marc Broussard has soul in his genes. The son of acclaimed guitarist Ted Broussard (of the Boogie Kings), Marc has seen his fortunes rise consistently ever since his first solo release in 2001.
Broussard, previously involved with the Christian act Y, doesn't hide the influence spirituality has in his music, nor does he self-righteously proclaim his beliefs. His first hit, "The Wanderer," was a song about self-discovery using whatever means necessary. Broussard's most recent effort, the Must Be the Water EP, is a collection of five songs that fruitfully mix funk, blues and rock while incorporating strains of bayou legends Professor Longhair and Doctor John. Indeed, Broussard even bears a passing resemblance to the doctor (albeit with a better diet). Another key influence is Randy Newman. Besides doing a great version of "You Can Leave Your Hat On" on a Newman tribute CD, Broussard's compositional flair and lyrical insight put him on a level shared with very few current singer-songwriters.
He also performed the title track to his new EP at the 2008 NBA All-Star game, and although there were undoubtedly many in the crowd who had never heard of him, it shouldn't be long until those folks are in the minority.
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