This weekend look for NOLA legend Aaron Neville on CBS Sunday Morning and on PBS in a new concert doc that debuts March 2, Aaron Neville: Doo Wop – My True Story.
Multiple Grammy Award winner Aaron Neville will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning, March 3rd with an in-depth look and listen to Aaron’s most successful release thus far in his 50-year amazing career, the doo-wop inspired album, My True Story (recently released on BlueNote Records and co-produced by label president Don Was and Keith Richards). Journalist Anthony Mason takes us to the site of the recording for an in-depth interview with Neville at the famous Electric Lady Studios in New York City. Neville then takes him back down south to the Crescent City for more in-depthness of Neville’s career, which will undoubtedly cover some of the amazing sounds of the Big Easy and how his family band had much to do about that.
On March 2, PBS will debut their special, Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story — a concert filmed in November at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl — and air it throughout their March pledge campaign. The program features Aaron performing songs from the new album My True Story, with an incredible array of musicians and guests joining him, 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 piano, Don Was on organ, Joel Katz, David Johnson and Earl Smith, Jr. on background vocals and, finally, special guests Paul Simon and Joan Osbourne.
Captured at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012, 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. They are songs that 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.
Critical acclaim for My True Story
“Neville revisits the music that influenced him as a youth, and his sweet tenor fits these doo-wop-era standards like a glove.”
– USA Today
“A true soul master at work.”
– Rolling Stone
“If ever there was an album that Aaron Neville was born to make, it’s this collection of doo-wop classics.”
“Neville, with his divinely high flutter, was born to croon these romantic ‘50s and ’60s doo-wop and pop-soul standards”
– New York Daily News
Aaron Neville website
Lee Ann Waterrs, 92ZEW