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Published: 2012/06/12

Keith Richards to Produce and Appear on New Aaron Neville Album

Aaron Neville will release an album of classic material from the doo-wop era this fall. Produced by none other than Keith Richards and Blue Note Records President Don Was, the album will focus on tracks Neville remembers from his childhood.
“Aaron Neville is one of the most expressive and soulful artists of all time…it’s such a thrill to hear him sing,” Was said in a statement. “His vocals have a way of reaching into your heart and stirring something really deep inside. It’s a huge honor to welcome him to Blue Note Records and to be involved, along with the legendary Keith Richards, in the production of this album.”

“When I was a kid, doo-wop was like medicine to me,” Neville explains. “I didn’t care what else was goin’ on in the world as long as I could sing along with Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, The Flamingos, The Clovers, Sonny Til and The Orioles, Clyde McPhatter—I was like a kid in a candy store.”

In addition to Keith Richards on guitar, the album also features: Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), Benmont Tench on organ (founding member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), George G. Receli on drums (Bob Dylan, James Brown) and Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright). “This was a dream session,” Richards says. “The band fell right into the groove and Aaron sang like an angel. It was an honor!”

Richards and The Rolling Stones toured with The Neville Brothers and The Meters in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Aaron Neville’s son Ivan also played in Richards’ X-pensive Winos.

Aaron Neville Quintet Tour Dates

June 23 Greensboro, NC—Carolina Theatre
June 24 Norfolk, VA—23rd Annual Bayoo Boogaloo
June 26 Charlottesville, VA—Paramount Theatre
June 28 New Orleans, LA—House of Blues
June 30 Beverly, MA—North Shore Music Theatre
July 13 Park City, UT—Big Stars, Bright Nights
July 14 Boulder, CO—Chautauqua Auditorium
July 15 Arvada, CO—Arvada Center Amphitheater
August 4 Charleston, WV—Multi-Fest WV
August 5 Washington, DC—The Howard Theatre
August 7 Ponte Vedra, FL—Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
August 8 Orlando, FL—The Plaza Theatre Live
August 10 Mobile, AL—Saenger Theatre
August 11 Atlanta, GA—Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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