The loping beat and devil-may-care viewpoint of Mayeux & Broussard’s “Stoned and Broke Down” would have been perfect for the famed Austin music joints of the 1970s. Instead, Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard are young, modern-day Texans who are about to release a new album, High Times & Good Rhymes, on Feb. 24.
“It’s a happy metaphor. I would hate to be sober and broke down, you know? Just because you don’t have the biggest house on the block, it doesn’t matter. Life’s still good,” Mayeux says.
“We play this place called Poodie’s that has a saying, ‘No Bad Days.’ You gotta look at every day like that,” he adds. “My mom has breast cancer; she just had a double mastectomy. We went to visit her in Houston and she just had the biggest smile on her face the whole time. And immediately I thought about that dumb saying at Poodie’s — ‘No Bad Days.’ She was like, ‘I’m not dead.’ Yeah, this is a shitty thing. She’s still alive. We’re still together. Alive and well.”
The duo recorded High Times & Good Rhymes at Cedar Creek Studios in Austin. Although they play regularly at the White Horse bar on Austin’s east side, they’ll throw their record release party downtown at Stubb’s BBQ on Feb. 21.
Enjoy the CMT Edge exclusive premiere of Mayeux & Broussard’s “Stoned and Broke Down.”