Carencro native Marc Broussard is back in town, fresh off the road, touring in support of his new Atlantic Records release Keep Coming Back. When you hear Broussard sing, it’s evident that he was blessed with the God-given voice of a rhythm & blues master two or three times his age. There’s no argument; he’s got “it.” And music lovers want more if it. Last week, Keep Coming Back was downloaded more that 4,400 times from iTunes and debuted on The Billboard 200 at No. 136.
And what Broussard chose to do with it — in between record label struggles and a rapidly changing music industry — is do what he does best. Keep Coming Back has a retro-inspired sound, infused with R&B and a heaping of Southern roots, a dash of funk, some jam, a pinch of rock ’n’ roll, and a fully smoking band. The entire album’s wrapped up in a laid-back attitude free from exaggerated pretense and overwrought affectation. Broussard has kept his soul, and it’s evident in his music — not an easy task when caught up in the innards of The Machine, with the grind and scrape of money-hungry morons trying to call the shots and bleeding all over you with their vampire juices and soul-extraction tools. Marc Broussard hosts his CD release party for Keep Coming Back on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Nitetown in downtown Lafayette. The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available online at www.nitetowndowntown.com. For more information on Marc Broussard, visit www.marcbroussard.com.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.