"I had a friend who used to call me all the time, then he didn't, I don't know why," sings Marc Broussard at the top of his new song "Don't Be Afraid to Call Me." The stirring ballad is the lead single from the Louisiana native and "Home" singer's forthcoming album Easy to Love, set for a September 15th release.
With characteristic soul, Broussard laments the disappearance of a friend from his life – they were once running buddies, carousing and confiding in one another until one day this person was no longer there. "I lost my right hand," sings Broussard, leading into a swelling, urgent chorus that mixes his signature blues-influenced howl with doses of gospel and country, along with the sincere assurance that he's just a phone call away.
"We've all got friends we don't talk to anymore, for one reason or another," says Broussard. "Sometimes, the reason may be completely justifiable. Sometimes we just grow apart naturally. Whatever the case may be, I think most people can relate to that feeling of wishing you could hear from someone you once cherished as a close confidant, hoping they wouldn't hesitate to call if they really needed you.”
Easy to Love is Broussard's first full-length since 2014's A Life Worth Living. He'll hit the road in early August, with stops including AmericanaFest in Nashville on September 12th and the Highland Blues and Jazz Festival in Shreveport, Louisiana, on September 16th.
Easy to Love track listing:
1. "Leave a Light On"
2. "Baton Rouge"
3. "Please Please Please"
4. "Rose All Day"
5. "Easy to Love"
6. "Memory of You"
7. "Stand by You"
8. "Anybody Out There"
9. "Wounded Hearts"
10. "Don’t Be Afraid to Call Me"
11. "I Miss You"
12. "Send Me a Sign"
13. "Mercy Mercy Me"
14. "Gavin’s Song"
Marc Broussard tour dates:
Aug. 5 – Baton Rouge, LA @ L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge
Aug. 30 – The Woodlands, TX @ Dosey Doe
Aug. 31 – Dallas, TX @ Grananda Theater
Sept. 2 – Oak Harbor, WA @ Oak Harbor Music Festival
Sept. 12 – Nashville, TN @ AmericanaFest
Sept. 16 – Shreveport, LA @ Highland Blues and Jazz Festival
Oct. 7 – West Hollywood, CA @ Troubadour
Oct. 10 –San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Oct. 11 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Oct. 12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley
Oct. 13 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Oct. 15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Nov. 16 – Boston, MA @ City Winery
Nov. 17 – Boston, MA @ City Winery