The original Meters have reunited in the studio to record the song ‘Be My Lady’ for the new Trombone Shorty album Say That To Say This, due for a September 10 release via Verve. The track marks The Meters’ first studio recording together since 1977.
Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) co-produced the 10-track CD with Grammy-nominated R&B producer, Raphael Saadiq.The first single from the album, ‘Fire & Brimstone,’ debuted on USA Today last week.
“It’s really funky, like James Brown funk mixed with New Orleans Meters and Neville Brothers mixed with what I do on top… And we have a bit of R&B from Raphael’s side,” said Andrews about the new album, the follow-up to last year’s For True, which spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.
Earlier this year Andrews was given the highly prestigious slot closing on the mains stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (previously held for over two decades by The Neville Brothers).
Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue kicked off their summer tour at New York’s Central Park Summerstage on Monday (July 22) and have 39 more dates in America and Europe before the end of the year, including performances at the Newport Folk Festival, Outside Lands in San Francisco and as well as dates with The Avett Brothers, Zac Brown Band and Grace Potter.