George Porter Jr.: My Bonnaroo Day (With a bonus Bon or Oo from Brian Stoltz)
George Porter Jr. closed out Something Else New Orleans along with Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz for an extended performance that carried into the wee hours of Friday morning. Porter then returned on Friday, lending his bass to the late night New Orleans SuperJam. Here is a look at George’s Bonnaroo Day (followed by brief Q and A with PBS guitarist Brian Stoltz ).
Bon or Oo: Brian Stoltz
Brian Stoltz has left his mark in the recording studio and on the concert stage. Stoltz put in extended stints with the Neville Brothers and the funky Meters. The guitarist has also appeared on releases by Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Daniel Lanois and Edie Brickell. Over the past years Stoltz has focused on his own music and his most recent effort is Up All Night Live. At Bonnaroo he performed a special late-night set in Somethin’ Else with George Porter Jr. and Russell Batiste.
The world would be a better place if everyone listened to?
More music, less TV. More music, less talk radio. More music, less sports. More music, more music, more music.
Name a song you sing in the shower or your car but never onstage?
“Our Own Tears” from the East Of Rampart Street CD.
What song that bands often cover would you be happy never to hear again?
If you live in New Orleans that would be “When the Saints Go Marching In.” I could do without it.
What song could you hear again and again?
“Sara” from Bob Dylan’s Desire album
The one thing nobody knows about me is?
I’m not yet ready to tell, but I’ll say this: The sooner the world finds out, the better off we’ll all be.
Name a song of yours that you really dig but others don’t seem to appreciate.
“The Greatest Armed Robbery in History” from the God, Guns & Money album.
Greatest TV show ever?
The Ed Sullivan Show. It changed my life.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
Who is the nicest person in the music community?
Our drummer, Russell Batiste. He is always the gentleman. When my wife broke her leg recently, Russell knew that I had my hands full, so he and his wife brought over this great meal that they had prepared. It was right on time. I was especially appreciative because Russell hadn’t been to my house in a long time because I live in the woods and he is scared of snakes, rabbits anything that moves. So it was a real sacrifice for him to come. Although, when it was time to go, he walked out with about $300 worth of vinyl.
True or false: Guitarists are over-appreciated?
UUUuuuuhhhhhhI guess that would depend on which guitarists you’re speaking of
True or false: Drummers are under-appreciated?
No! Drummers always get the girls!
True or false: The best pick-up line in the world is, “Hey, come out to my gig and see me play”?
True. I always carry my etchings to the show.
If I weren’t a musician I’d be a…
Horticulturist and landscaper. My father tried his hardest to get me to follow in his footsteps, but it was just not meant to be.
If you could invite any three people, living or dead, to join you in a sumptuous pre-show meal, who would they be?
Hmmm there are so many people I would like to have met, but I would find it awfully interesting to sit down with Hunter S. Thompson, John Lennon and the Dalai Lama. And I would have Hunter order for us all.
Greatest music movie ever made?
A Hard Day’s Night.
At Bonnaroo I’m looking forward to seeing
The Raconteurs and Drive-By Truckers. Both have great albums out right now.
Bon or oo?