PBS's AARON NEVILLE: DOO WOP: MY TRUE STORY Premieres Today
Iconic Soul/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. Recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012, AARON NEVILLE: DOO WOP: MY TRUE STORY is part of special programming premiering on PBS stations beginning today, March 2, 2013 (check local listings). Get a sneak peek here!
An incredible 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 finally, special guests Paul Simon and Joan Osborne.
Captured in 1080i 16:9 High Definition with 5.1 surround sound audio, the concert featured 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 himself, 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 sound track to his youth; they became the underpinning for all of the remarkable music he has created across five decades.
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