published Friday, October 7th, 2011

Marc Broussard brings Cajun soul to Track 29 tonight

IF YOU GO

What: Marc Broussard with Chic Gamine and Scars on 45.

When: 8 tonight.

Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.

Admission: $15.

Phone: 521-2929.

Venue website: www.track29.co.

Related links: www.marcbroussard.com

Tonight, Track 29 will host a singer with his foot in the swamp and his finger on the smooth, pulsing grooves of soul and rhythm and blues.

Marc Broussard, 29, is the son of guitarist and Louisiana Hall of Fame inductee Ted Broussard.

His five-album discography is rife with songs as inspired by growing up in Carencro, a small town in central Louisiana, as by the music of soulful artists such as Otis Redding and Brian McKnight. Critics struggling to fit Broussard into a stylistic category instead coined a new genre: bayou soul.

"His style crosses a lot of genres," said Track 29 co-owner Adam Kinsey, adding that Broussard was one of the venue's first bookings. "The more I got to listen to him before we booked him, the more I liked it."

Broussard's connection to his home is apparent in his latest, self-titled album. The album -- Broussard's fifth since his recording career started at age 20 and his second for a major label -- was released June 14. It was co-created by Nashville-based producer and musician Jamie Kenny.

Broussard credits Kenny with helping him pen several of the album's 10 tracks and encouraging him to use new approaches to tell the emotionally resonant, personally inspired songs he's known for.

"He [Kenny] definitely pushed me to find what I really wanted to say to people as well as to pull me out of my comfort zone as a singer," Broussard said in his official bio. "He encouraged me to do things I wouldn't normally do, which turned out so well. The things he pushed me to do are what made this record what it is."

When Broussard takes the stage at Track 29, he will be joined by an international cadre with tourmates Chic Gamine, a playful pop/rock band from Winnipeg and Montreal, and English rock quintet Scars on 45.

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