Livingston, MT) The Livingston Hoot has announced the 2020 performers – Marc Broussard will headline with Wylie and the Wild West opening the Thursday, August 6th show.
Headliner Marc Broussard is an artist with a unique gift of channeling the spirits of classic R&B, rock and soul into contemporary terms. In his career, he has released over a dozen recordings and recently released a new studio album, A Lullaby Collection SOS III and made his debut as an author with the children›s book, I Love You For You.
Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, independently at age 20, but his gift for making music was evident well before then. He made his stage debut at age five belting out «Johnny B. Goode» while sitting in with his father›s band, Louisiana Hall of Fame guitarist Ted Broussard’s - the legendary The Boogie Kings.
In 2004, he made his major-label debut, with Carencro. The album’s thematic centerpiece is “Home.” that hickory-smoked slab of Bayou soul that’s aged and evolved along with the singer himself. That album, and the others that followed, revealed Broussard as an old-school Southern soul singer blessed with both a rarefied talent and an innate stylistic and emotional authenticity, an artist whose old school blend of rock, R&B, soul, and sensitivity have made him one of the most indelible artists of his generation.
A singer, songwriter, performer, and humanitarian, Marc Broussard’s commitment to making the world a better place is a mantra that he has been bound to since the beginning of his career. It has always been about tying music to a mission, one reason that his latest album and book were created to educate and inspire younger audiences. A Lullaby Collection SOS III, the third in Broussard’s independently released SOS (“Save Our Soul”) series, finds him reimagining a series of standards including «What A Wonderful World», “Sweet Baby James,” “Moon River” plus two original recordings. Fifty percent of the proceeds from both the album and book are being donated to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA.
A Lullaby Collection SOS III is Broussard’s third covers album of his career. His first, SOS: Save our Soul, was a collection of R&B classics. The second, SOS II: Soul on a Mission, delved further into the vaults of R&B, soul, and rock (released in 2016). Broussard donated 50% of the profits from these albums to City of Refuge, an organization that seeks to lead individuals and families on a journey to self-sufficiency.
Broussard’s charitable efforts extend well over a decade, beginning with his self-released album Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and his efforts to organize the Momentary Setback Fund to provide financial assistance to those displaced by both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. He’s also taken part in a USO tour to entertain troops in the Middle East. More recently, he established his SOS Foundation as a conduit to help raise money for other worthy causes, such as the United Way and Habitat for Humanity.
TV Performances include: The Tonight Show, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Live, CBS This Morning Saturday, Miss USA Pageant (NBC), New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival/AXS-TV, and many more. In 2019, his performance on the PBS TV Series The Kate received a Emmy nomination. Broussard›s songs have been placed in numerous films and TV shows including American Idol, The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and So You think You Can Dance, to name a few. He has been a featured performer on numerous recordings including the Grammy nominated “I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax in the Evangeline Country.”
Marc Broussard has graced the stages in venues across North America and internationally and has performed at festivals including New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, 30A Songwriters Festival and SXSW. He has toured with Zac Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Chris Isaak, Willie Nelson, Maroon 5, and Gavin DeGraw amongst others.
“Marc Broussard is a self-proclaimed “white boy singing soul music,” but that playfully dismissive tag doesn’t do him justice. His music radiates soulful Louisiana blues, but his songs blend those influences with raucous rock ‘n’ roll to create unique and infectious music.” - NPR
“Few modern voices are as powerful as Marc Broussard’s soulful, Bayou-bred baritone.” - The Washington Times
“His voice stands above all others in the field. Quite simply, Marc Broussard is the reason they invented soul music.” - Performer Magazine
“Marc has been on our radar for a long time,” said Joanne Gardner Lowell of Mighty Fine Time and co-producer of the Livingston Hoot. “We’ve talked about getting Marc to Montana after hearing his amazingly soulful voice. I know he’ll get everybody moving, we can’t wait for you to see him.”
Wylie Gustafson is a native Montanan singer/songwriter with 22 albums and 3 decades of performing, writing, and recording under his belt. He is one of the few authentic voices of the American West who steadfastly celebrates and sings about the active rural culture of America. As on critic called him, “…the coolest cowpoke around. Forget everything you hate about modern Country, this guy is old school cool without being a tired period piece.”
In 2020 Wylie was inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame. In 2017 he became a member of the Montana Pro Rodeo Wall and Hall of Fame. His western lifestyle and the recording studio are inseparable. “The connection between my cowboy life and my music is extremely close,” he says. His music has been baptized with a hardy dose of trail dust and horse hair. As an accomplished cutting horse and rodeo enthusiast, he has claimed several hard won regional and national titles within the National Cutting Horse Association astride his super-horse, “Whiskey”. That shiny belt buckle he wears wasn’t won on eBay.
For over the last 30 years, he and his band, The Wild West, have performed their refreshing blend of cowboy, western, traditional country, and yodeling music. They are hugely popular on the festival and theatre circuit. Stateside, they have performed at such prestigious venues as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, the Bumbershoot Festival, The Stagecoach Festival, A Prairie Home Companion, The Conan O’Brien Show and the Grand Ole Opry (with over 50 guest appearances). Worldwide, their universal appeal has taken them to China, Russia, Australia, Europe, South America, and Japan.
Despite his successful career in music and yodeling, when not touring he still gets up every day and tends to the livestock on his Cross Three Quarter Horse ranch near the small town of Conrad, Montana. It grounds him and is the backbone of his art. The secret of Wylie’s honest, uplifting and soulful music isn’t in any musical formula or flashy gimmick. Its purity lies in Wylie’s character: earnest and hard-working, beaming with friendly vigor, topped off with a smile as welcoming as the Big Sky sunshine. In 2014 Wylie, along with his family members, appeared in the popular Dodge Truck “God Made a Farmer” commercial that appeared during the Super Bowl.
Wylie’s dynamic stage presence keeps getting him invited back to venues year after year. As a seasoned performer, Wylie has etched his presence onto the authentic American music scene and is the originator of the High Plains Yodeling style which evokes the loneliness of his northern Montana home. His voice echoed in millions of homes as the prominent yodel in the successful Yahoo! Advertising campaign with his trademark “Ya-hooo-ooo!” His top selling book “How to Yodel - Lessons to Tickle Your Tonsils” is the number one selling book of its genre. Wylie has become a nationally renowned voice-over artist for the advertising, movie and TV world.
When asked to define his music, Wylie says, “We are a good-time cowboy band that hates to be boring! We also strike a note with the ranching and farming folks because their culture is what inspires a lot of our original music.” The band members, guitarist Clayton Parsons, drummer Tim Lashley, and bassist John Sporman, are all Montana boys with winning personalities. The fans appreciate the band’s approachability and friendliness.Their 23rd and latest CD “Cowboy Vernacular” was released in early 2019.
“We’ve wanted to have Wylie at the Hoot for several years,” said John Lowell, coproducer of the Livingston Hoot. “Seems like we happened upon a great formula – hiring a popular swing/dance band to open the Hoot and get everyone dancing. Wylie will absolutely do that!”
The Livingston Hoot is a free community sponsored family friendly event providing fun, food and music on historic Main Street in downtown Livingston, MT. The 6th annual Livingston Hoot is Thursday, August 6th, rain or shine. The fiscal sponsor of the event is the Park County Community Foundation, and once again this year the event will be produced in association with Mighty Fine Time, the Livingston Business Improvement District and the City of Livingston.
Hoot producers Joanne Gardner Lowell and John Lowell created the event in 2014. “We’re very excited about these artists,” said John Lowell. “Marc Broussard will blow you away with his voice – he brings a swamp boogie funk to Montana and is great to watch live. Wylie and the Wild West are so popular all over Montana, this combo will guarantee a fun night for everyone.”
As in previous years, the event opens at 4 PM, with a kid’s fun area available, and vendors with food, drink, art and more on Main Street. Opening act Wylie and the Wild West kick off the music at 6 PM and Marc Broussard and his band will take the stage at 8 PM.
For more information on the artists, please go to www.marcbroussard.com and www.wyliewebsite.com. For more information on the Livingston Hoot, please check the website at www.LivingstonHoot.com. There will be partner and sponsorship info, vendor and non-profit information, volunteer opportunities and a history of the event. See you at the Livingston Hoot!