Podcast with George Porter Jr., who brings his band, Runnin’ Pardners, to Growler’s on Thursday [UPDATE: show canceled]
UPDATE: Growler’s Towers, which remained without power until just a few minutes ago, had to cancel this show when the venue still wasn’t sure it would have power on Thursday. Damn you, Derecho!
The New Orleans bass guitar master, now 64, estimates that he is working twice as hard at this age as he was at age 36. With four different bands, and five if you count his upcoming dates with The Meter Men – Leo Nocentelli, Porter and Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste and various keyboard players sitting in for Art Neville – he believes he will have played 300 dates by the time 2012 is out.
Porter comes to Growler’s on Thursday with Runnin’ Pardners – longtime guitarist Brint Anderson and keyboardist Michael Lemmler, with young Big Easy guns Khris Royal (sax) and Terrence Houston (drums). The band is touring behind a recent release, “Can’t Beat The Funk.”
Porter said in an interview last week that the disc is 16 Meters tunes that the NoLa legends never recorded.
We talk about the work, the funk, The Meters’ legacy and a lot more on this podcast.