Russ Broussard

1. If you were not a musician what would you want to be when you grow up?

A bicycle racer or a counselor.

2. What is your favorite color?

Forest green.

3. At what age did you become interested in being a musician and what/when was your first professional gig?

Two years old when I got my first drumset. 1st paying gig I think was when I was 16, though occasionally people would bribe me with money to sit in with bands long before that age.  I remember one gig in particular where my brother and sisters’ friends had pooled $5 for me to “just get up on the drums and play a solo” at a party when I was probably 8 or 9, so maybe that was my first professional gig! $5 in the early ’70’s probably equates to more than I make on average NOW!  Hahahah…  

4. What is your favorite movie of all time… (your all time that is)?

ooooo….that’s so hard to answer.  The movie I’ve seen probably more than any other is Parenthood with Steve Martin and a cavalcade of other stars.  However, I think it might be Never Cry Wolf because of all the beautiful scenes with the wolves.  Just kills me, so I haven’t seen it nearly as many times as Parenthood, Midnight Run, It’s a Wonderful Life, Forest Gump, Barefoot in the Park,Young Frankenstein, The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, Jeremiah Johnson, The Natural, The In-Laws, Blazing Saddles, Much Ado About Nothing, The Philadelphia Story, Desk Set, The Sting, North by Northwest, Braveheart, Broadcast News, Goodfellas, Rosencrantz & Goldenstein are Dead, The Fisher King, Gladiator, Dances With Wolves, Breaking Away, Glory, Biloxi Blues, Good Will Hunting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dances With Wolves, Witness, Rocky, The Green Mile, Dead Poets Society, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Cool Hand Luke, Rain Man, Little Big Man, How to Steal a Million, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Goodbye Girl,  stop me!  I know  I’ve probably seen each of those movies at least 8 times each. This has always been a tough question for me to answer, so I dodge and list my favorite 20-50 movies instead! 

5. How many different bands have you played in?

Uhh…as a full-time member, I think sixteen.  Just as a musician, I know I’ve played with well over a hundred different bands/artists.

6. What is your hobby?

Cycling.  I love it.  I love to watch road racing anytime, anywhere too.  I love the speed, quiet, and solitude it can bring in a very short amount of time. 

7. At what age do you plan to hang up your instrument (if any) and what is your retirement plan?

Riiiiight!  Are you kidding?  Retirement from playing seems an insane concept.  I mean, who would in their right minds say, “I look forward to the time I can stop having fun?”  Now, of course, it’ll be appreciated to not have to play every night of the week to sustain.  Even kids get tired of the sandbox if they’re in it all day, everyday, but they won’t just quit playing in it altogether when they get momentarily tired of it.   

8. What are 3 of your favorite albums from childhood? Let’s say the time until you graduated high school.

Life by Sly and the Family Stone, Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix, and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

9. How and why did you start playing music?

My grandmother, Nanny, gave me my first drumset for my 2nd birthday b/c she swore I would actually play the toy drum in my crib.  The same toy drum I carried with me like a blanky.  Now, that doesn’t mean I was playing music though!  I’d love to hear what I actually sounded like from 2-12 years old!  I seriously doubt I was sounding as good as I thought I was.  I thought I was LOCKED IN with Greg Errico to the point that I was actually playing the song and he had just stopped playing altogether sometimes to give the drumchair over to me!  

10. 3 things you love about New Orleans?

Its laissez faire attitude, Culture, and Uniqueness–not American or European or Carribean or African or South American, yet uniquely all of them mixed together like a perfectly made gumbo.  Like Cyril Neville says, “New Orleans is the Northern most Carribean city.”