I chatted with Marc Broussard about his countless projects and his favorite memories of Annapolis.
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Pretty early on. My dad was a musician as well. He discovered I could sing when I was around five. I was pretty dead set on music even at that age. My influences were my dad and Michael Jackson so I wasn’t sure what it would look like. My dad had a day job and played music on the weekends to supplement family income. So I figured that’s what it would be like.
Favorite song to perform and why?
That’s a tough one. Right now it’s a song called “Fire.” I can just put my guitar down, walk around and dance a little bit.
I saw on your IG that you recently went to a Broadway musical. What is your favorite musical and why?
I would say “Oklahoma.” It was the first show I ever saw on Broadway. I hadn’t seen musical theater on that level before. The cast was OUTSTANDING. A very surprisingly good show.
What is your favorite part of being on tour?
It’s like we’re pirates in a way. Perform for you and your women, drink all the booze and leave town. No one from my childhood gets applauded when they go to work. It’s crazy.
Why did you establish the SOS Foundation?
I have a friend who over the years, we would just talk and debate the politics of the time. One day 12 years ago, he says “you always talk about things but you never actually do anything about it.” And he was right. I was just complaining about it. I was in a position to help others. In essence, my buddy challenged me to stop talking and start doing.
Your new album, “SOS 4: Blues For Your Soul”, will benefit the charity Guitars Over Guns. Why that charity?
This is a partnership with Joe Bonamassa’s label. They had worked with the charity over the years, so it was a no brainer.
You wrote a children’s book as well. How did that come about?
I’ve been friends with this illustrator for years. Her husband and I worked together on a few productions. We had always talked about doing a book together, but the last time we saw each other i said “we have to actually do this.” So I was in Virginia for that hang and on the airplane home, I got inspired and knocked it out on the trip from DC to Atlanta. Sent her a copy; she loved it, and we were off to the races.
Excited about your upcoming shows in Annapolis?
Very excited. Love the Rams Head. We’ve been playing there for years. One of my favorite road stories happened there. My band was pissed off we scheduled a matinee gig during a Saints game. So I told the guys that my guitar player and I would do the show instead. So we both went out and did the show in our pajamas and sunglasses.
Marc headlines Rams Head Annapolis June 23rd and 24th!