Bonus Rocks Off 100: Clint Broussard, Blues In Hi-Fi Man Now Back On FM


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Five Desert Island Discs:

Everyone loves this question. "Wow. Oddly enough, most might not be blues," says Broussard. "To me, blues is such a 'singles'-era thing. The songs can cut you to the quick, but they were never meant to be albums. I could be wrong. Either way..."

  • James Brown, Live at the Apollo (King, 1963)
  • The Zombies, Odyssey and Oracle (Date Records, 1968)
  • Nick Drake, Pink Moon (Hannibal/Island, 1972)
  • Big Star, #1 Record/Radio City (Ardent, 1972/'74) ("Maybe I'm cheating," Broussard says. "I hope not." We'll allow it. - ed.)
  • The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds (Capitol, 1966)


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Clint's own hi-fi
Best Concert You Ever Saw: "Ray Charles at Jazz Fest In New Orleans," says Broussard in another lengthy reply that necessitates the blue-block text again:

I had seen in the same day: Dale Hawkins, Elmo Williams, Dr. John, and Fats Domino. All were really amazing. My brother, Phillip, and I had gone to a tent to see Bobby Bland. I was stoked. I'd never seen him before.

He came out and begin to sing and I noticed that his voice would go out completely at points. You could hear this clicking sound; yet, it was his voice struggling to hit a note. It broke my heart for him. Bland has been, and always will be, one of my favorite artists ever.

I just thought that it would be difficult to see Ray Charles after the Bobby Bland show. I told my brother, "Man, I don't want to go to the main stage. I love Ray Charles so much; it would be a total bummer to see him struggle up there." Luckily, my brother talked me into hitting the main stage.

Ray came out in a brown tuxedo. The entire orchestra was behind podiums that had "RC" written on them. He was led to his piano and sat down only to unleash one of the most powerful shows I've ever seen. His voice was as amazing as I might have dreamed.

He did "I Believe To My Soul," "Busted," "I Can't Stop Loving You," "Unchain My Heart" and a version of "Georgia On My Mind" that left the ground soggy (and it did not rain that day...) Seeing Ray Charles has stayed with me ever since. Nothing will ever be able to top it. Or at least, I hope not.


First Song You Fell In Love With? "Probably 'Cry Baby' by Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters, or 'My True Story' by The Jive Five," Broussard says. "When I was a small child, my Dad used to play his records on Saturday while my Mom was at work. He, my brother, and me would listen intently. My Dad would sing along close to on pitch with some of the doo-wop falsettos.

"Those two songs stick out in my head from when I was really small," he continues. "I still love them both dearly, and they both show up in my radio show from time to time."


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bldistefano
bldistefano

Outstanding story on a guy who deserves much more attention than he receives.  Clint's innovative show on KTRU was a rare example of genuinely great radio, and it was one of my favorite things about living in Houston.  Kudos to KPFT for picking it up...you'll be happy you did.

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