For the latest in his S.O.S. (Save Our Soul) series, Marc Broussard has turned to the blues for inspiration. S.O.S. 4: Blues For Your Soul Is a compelling collection of blues and soul classics produced by the dream team of Joe Bonamassa and Josh Smith.
It’s hardly surprising that Marc Broussard would tap "I've Got To Use My Imagination,” a cover of a Bobby "Blue" Bland soul standard, as a single from his new studio album S.O.S. 4: Blues For Your Soul. Given his seminal roots in Louisiana and a distinctive southern sound mined from funk, blues, rock, and R&B, he easily conveys a similar sensibility while giving his own unique spin on this classic track penned by the legendary Gerry Goffin and Barry Goldberg. With Broussard lending a decisive and dynamic vocal, underscored by Eric Krasno on guitar and a searing solo by none other than Joe Bonamassa, it’s given a pronounced interpretation that takes its cue from Bland’s original, while, at the same time, delving deeper into the darker desires inherent in the song’s meaning and messaging.
“He [Bland] was the first blues singer that I really responded to,” Broussard reflects. “That howl that Bland did, that bark that he does in his songs, really got me. His recordings are all up in my heart. I just have to dig into them to try to do them my own way, but I still listen to his music to get true inspiration for what a singer can share.”
S.O.S. 4: Blues For Your Soul also features a selection of distinctive renditions of blues and soul classics including Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Cuttin’ In”, Al Green’s “Driving Wheel”, a sizzling take of Little Milton’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” featuring Joe Bonamassa, to the sole original, “When Will I Let Her Go, produced by Bonamassa and longtime collaborator Josh Smith.
The new album is the fourth installment in Broussard's series of benefit albums with proceeds going to the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation to support youth rehabilitation through music. This includes a partnership with the non-profit organization Guitars Over Guns, which offers students from the most vulnerable communities a powerful combination of music education and mentorship.
Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock, and soul into contemporary terms. The son of Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard of the Boogie Kings, he nurtured his musical gifts at an early age in the vibrant Lafayette, Louisiana music scene. After releasing a highly successful independent EP at age 20, Broussard made his major-label debut with Carencro. The album featured the breakout hit "Home" and catapulted him into the national spotlight. That album and the others that followed revealed Broussard as a southern soul singer with both a rarefied talent and an innate stylistic and emotional authenticity that have made him one of the most indelible artists of his generation. Broussard released multiple albums with major labels before returning to his independent roots with several acclaimed original recordings and charitable cover albums via his S.O.S. Foundation.