This past Saturday night keyboardist Art Neville was feted in celebration of his 75th birthday at Tipitina’s in New Orleans. The house band was the Nevilles featuring Art, Charles, Cyril, Ivan & Ian Neville as well as “Mean” Willie Green and Tony Hall. Dr. John, original Neville Brothers guitarist Brian Stoltz and Dumpstaphunk’s Nikki Glaspie all joined in the fun before the night was finished.
We do not as of now have a winner to report from last week when we looked at six covers of Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys. At the time of publishing this post, The Bridge & Mr. Blotto are literally tied, so if you haven’t already: Go listen and place your vote.
This week’s song, originally by Jimmy Cliff, first appeared on the 1971 album Another Cycle but is more well known for its inclusion on the 1972 The Harder They Come soundtrack which was produced and compiled by Cliff.
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Apparently you can go home again — the Neville Brothers will return to the traditional closing spot at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival they held for more than a decade. Strangely, this marks the first time Aaron, Art, Charles and Cyril Neville will perform in their hometown since Hurricane Katrina.
That news may be a few days old, but we thought it interesting due to the non-relationship between the city and the Brothers since Katrina. And Cyril’s made comments about the lack of a viable music scene at times when everyone else wants to fellate the fallen city. “People thought there was a music scene in New Orleans – there wasn’t,” Cyril told the Chicago Sun-Times. “You worked two times a year: Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest. The only musicians I knew who made a living playing music in New Orleans were Kermit Ruffins and Pete Fountain. Everyone else had a day job or had to go on tour.” Now for some non-NOLA news: