An Interview With Marc Broussard of The Southern Soul Assembly
The Southern Soul Assembly features some of the American South's most exciting contemporary singer/songwriter musicians: JJ Grey, Marc Broussard, Anders Osborne and Luther Dickinson. The debut artist-in-the-round performance series will tour in select markets this spring, including Cincinnati on March 19, and will provide the perfect setting for unique interpretations and collaborations between the musicians.
Grey's roots are steeped in north Florida country, Broussard and Osborne represent New Orleans and Cajun southern culture while Dickinson hails from Memphis and brings true Tennessee soul to his guitar. Stylistically different yet each inspired by his deep Southern roots, these players individually offer a distinctive Southern sound through their guitar and vocal styles but are all soulful, passionate and absolutely authentic.
Recently, I had a chance to chat with Marc Broussard about the upcoming tour.
What are you most looking forward to on the upcoming tour?
Just getting to play with such tremendously talented musicians is really exciting. That I get to do it every night for a month is a dream!
Have you tailored songs to each region you play to? Or are you guys going to wing it?
We haven't tried to over think this thing. We'll be playing many of the same songs with a few spontaneous audibles in there.
Is an album of the tour in your plans?
Not that I know of.
What will be next after the tour?
I've got a solo record coming out on Vanguard in July so I'll spend the rest of this year out playing shows in support of the album. More broadly, the next decade of my life is looking like it's gonna be fun and challenging. I've got big plans and I don't have a clue as to how to put them all in motion. Fingers crossed that I can pull off even half of what I've got cooking.