Tuneful melodies, eloquent lyrics telling arresting stories, powerful guitar work and a clear, honest voice – these are the building block of the best Americana, and one of the most dazzling practitioners of the art form working today is Sam Broussard. The Sugar Maple Festival is excited to welcome Sam to the stage this year, to share with us the same magic that defines his acclaimed solo albums and his impossibly long list of credits with roots legends Sonny Landreth, Michael Doucet, T-Mamou, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, along with Linda Ronstadt, Michael Murphey, April Verch and many others.
Sam conjures his uniquely inventive open-tuned guitar wizardry from the fertile southern Louisiana French music culture that formed him, refracted through four decades of touring and the countless records (some Grammy-nominated) on which his aggressive Cajun/funk/slide hybrid stylings have been featured. Sam can do anything on guitar: for just one example, watch his intricate fingerpicking on Vinie Jilie:
–written by Brad Wolbert