"In its 4-star review, the Los Angeles Daily News calls this CD, created in the wake of the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, the fruits of a songwriting partnership made in R&B heaven. Our matching songbook contains all 13 tracks: Ascension Day · Broken Promise Land · International Echo · Nearer to You · On Your Way Down · The River in Reverse · Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further? · and more."
George Varga, Pop Music Critic, wrote a great article (Big) Easy on the ear
LOS ANGELES — This feels like history,” Allen Toussaint said last month, just before receiving his Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award at an invitation-only ceremony.
"The New Orleans rock, funk and R&B legend was referring to his fellow Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. They included Motown vocal greats The Four Tops, jazz piano icon Hanks Jones, 100-year-old classical music composer Elliot Carter and singer Brenda Lee, along with posthumous honorees Gene Autry, Dean Martin and electric guitar innovator Clarence “Leo” Fender." For more read on Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint's happy music just makes me feel so good!
His song, Sweet Touch Of Love, set to a cool slide show can be found here
Sweet Touch Of Love Chords
One of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B, many of Toussaint's songs have become familiar through their numerous cover versions, including "Working in the Coalmine", "Ride Your Pony", "Brickyard Blues", "Get Out My Life Woman", "Southern Nights" and "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky".
Working in the Coal Mine
Get Out of My Life
Nearer To You
Get Your Way
Piano chords available here
"Producer, songwriter, arranger, session pianist, solo artist Allen Toussaint has worn all these hats over the course of his lengthy and prolific career, and his behindthescenes work alone would have been enough to make him a legend of New Orleans RB. Thanks to his work with numerous other artists, Toussaint bore an enormous amount of responsibility for the sound of RB"
Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint - The River in Reverse
|Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint - The River in Reverse By Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello. Piano/Vocal/Chords Songbook (Arrangements for piano and voice with guitar chords). Softcover. 90 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (306839)
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Allen turned 71 in January! He's 10 years older than me! lol He sure doesn't look it! His music compliments approaches to the New Orleans music traditions that helped shape rock 'n' roll and pop. Do you have some favorites? Mine are Working In The Coal Mine and Southern Lights.
Until next time,
P.S. He's playing in San Diego tomorrow!
“The Keys to New Orleans,” with Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler and Jon Cleary
When: Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Birch North Park Theatre, 2891 University Ave., North Park
Phone: (619) 239-8836