Allen Toussaint Songbook Revealed

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Rounder Records has announced a September 27 release for Allen Toussaint’s Songbook, featuring performances of Toussaint’s songs captured on CD and DVD. The album and accompanying DVD were recorded over two nights in the autumn of 2009 at New York City nightspot Joe’s Pub. The DVD includes an in-depth interview with Toussaint, conducted by producer (and longtime friend) Paul Siegel.

Toussaint’s songwriting, recording and producing career stretches from the 1950s to the present day and in the last fifteen years, he has experienced a growing resurgence of activity and recognition. Since ’96, Toussaint has recorded seven albums and collaborated with the likes of Elvis Costello and Eric Clapton. He has also been nominated for Grammys and inducted into a number of Halls of Fame. Most recently he has appeared on the HBO series Treme.

Toussaint calls 2005’s Hurricane Katrina his booking agent, crediting the storm for rebooting his career as a performer after flooding him out of home and studio. In order to recover – financially, musically, spiritually – Toussaint relocated to New York City and began to perform solo concerts, using Joe’s Pub on Lafayette Street as a home base.

“I’m not accustomed to talking about myself,” he once explained during a gig, “I talk in the studio with musicians. Or through my songs.”

DVD producer Paul Siegel – a veteran video producer, and lifelong enthusiast of Toussaint’s work – says that his film is an important historical document and an overdue personal testament from a musical genius to his fans.

Nearly eight years after Katrina, Toussaint has returned permanently to New Orleans

Track listing:

CD:
It’s Raining
Lipstick Traces
Brickyard Blues
With You In Mind
Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?
Sweet Touch of Love
Holy Cow
Get Out Of My Life, Woman
Freedom for the Stallion
St. James Infirmary
Shrimp Po Boy (Dressed)
Soul Sister
All These Things
We Are America/Yes We Can
Optimism Blues
Old Records Certain Girl Medley: Certain Girl/Mother-in-Law/Fortune Teller/Working in a Coal Mine
New Orleans Thing
Crawfish, Everyday
No Place Like New York
Southern Nights

DVD:
It’s Raining
Lipstick Traces
Brickyard Blues
With You In Mind
Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?
Sweet Touch Of Love
Holy Cow
Get Out Of My Life, Woman
St. James Infirmary
Shrimp Po Boy (Dressed)
Soul Sister
All These Things
We Are America/Yes We Can
Old Records
Lover Of Love
Certain Girl Medley: Certain Girl/ Mother-in-Law/ Fortune Teller/ Working In A Coal Mine
New Orleans Thing
Crawfish, Everyday
No Place Like New York
Southern Nights
Freedom For The Stallion

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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