“He threw me onstage when I was five,” Broussard recalls. “That gave me a lot of encouragement.”
Broussard’s father also exposed him to R&B and soul legends such as Otis Redding, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. “I’m extremely grateful for that,” he says. “I’ve always liked music that comes from a real place. You can feel the honesty and truth when you listen to Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. Most of my song ideas come from real, everyday situations that you run into. Relationships, whether they be romantic, platonic, or with your father—all those relationships provided inspiration for these songs.”
Broussard’s unique Cajun-tinged tunes and high-octane live gigs have put him on the road opening for a wide range of musicians including Gavin DeGraw, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, and Tori Amos. With his Taylor 714 or his new Taylor T5 Thinline acoustic-electric, he floors audiences with powerful performances at nearly 250 shows each year.
Constantly writing and honing his craft, Broussard is learning from some of the best in the biz. His cowriters on Carencro include the host of CMT’s Crossroads, Radney Foster, as well as Martin Sexton, Angelo (Kings of Leon, Patty Griffin), and Jay Joyce (Shelby Lynne). He breathes even more life into his songs with his stellar choice of sidemen, including the amazing Sonny Landreth on slide guitar on the track “Home” (an ode to Broussard’s native Carencro, Louisiana), and Julian Coryell, who solos on the blue-eyed soul of “Rock Steady.” Despite his recent success and a musical depth well beyond his years, Broussard knows there is much more work to be done.
“As I’m coming into my own as a writer,” he says, “I try to always keep the songs soulful, like my favorite artists do. It doesn’t matter if it’s got more of a country edge or a rock edge. You never know—I may pick up an accordion and be a zydeco musician for the next record. It’s still just soul music to me. I’d like to be a total entertainer, like Prince. First of all, filling arenas and selling as many records as he does would be fun. But the real reason is that he writes songs that touch a wide variety of folks. That what I’d really like to do.”