Singer-songwriters might inundate the scene here in Baton Rouge, but across the Atchafalaya Bridge it’s a different story.
Sean Bruce, a 27-year-old Lafayette indie folkster, is one of a few Hub City musicians making a name for himself in that genre.
Bruce will perform Friday at Theatre 810 in Lafayette, and Saturday at Chelsea’s Café in Baton Rouge. Both shows feature Andrew Duhon.
Bruce talked this week about his upcoming EP, “Staring at Maps Part II,” and his new recording collective for this new Red feature.
How is Lafayette treating you?
“It’s always good. The scene is always popping. I’m kind of jealous of the Baton Rouge scene of singer-songwriters, to be honest. You’ve got Denton Hatcher and all those guys, getting together, playing shows. Y’all have got a great thing going on.”
What’s the set going to be like Saturday?
“It’s going to be more intimate, more broken down. It’ll be an acoustic show, and the songs will be a little softer.”
How’s “Staring at Maps Part II” coming along?
“We’re almost there. We’re putting the finishing touches on it, deciding if we should release it later this year or early next year. It’s a little bit more intimate than the first part. The production isn’t as big. These songs are more acoustic and lyrically-driven.”
Are there any other differences in the sound of the first and second part?
“No, not that big of a difference. It’s kind of a concept album. A lot of the songs are about traveling and location. [The album] has to do with decisions I have made. Those decisions have depended on where I’m at, geographically, in life. I’m still trying to figure it out.”
You’re also working on a project called Norwood Recording Co., correct?
“Yeah, it’s this music group. We subcontract studios in Lafayette, like Staffland Studios in Freetown. I have this mobile rig that I can take and record random stuff in people’s homes. That’s how I recorded “Staring at Maps.” It’s just something I wanted to get going. It’s more of a collective. There are so many people around here doing these great things. I wanted to get everyone together, put on events and promote them well. I wanted to put my stamp on Lafayette.”