Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story
Airs Monday, March 4, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Friday, March 1, 2013
Credit: Courtesy of Sarah A. Friedman
Iconic soul and R&B vocalist and multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville is featured in a special concert performing songs from his upcoming doo-wop inspired album "My True Story," produced by Keith Richards and Don Was. This program was recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012.
An exceptional array of musicians and guests joined Neville, including Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), George G. Receli on drums (Bob Dylan, James Brown), Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright), Charles Neville on saxophone (Neville Brothers), Michael Goods on organ/piano, Joel Katz, David Johnson and Earl Smith, Jr. on background vocals and special guests Paul Simon and Joan Osborne.
The concert, captured in high definition with 5.1 surround sound audio, featured other special guests including Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five (who co-wrote the album’s title song) and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings.
All of the songs on "My True Story" were hand-picked by Neville and have remained close to his heart since he was a child.
The selections include classics by vocal group giants such as Little Anthony and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”), Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (“Work With Me Annie”), and The Drifters (“Money Honey,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment”).
To Neville, though, these songs weren’t just the soundtrack to his youth; they became the underpinning for all of the remarkable music he has created across five decades.
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