The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been around for 50 years, and this summer, they’ll finally release their first album of original music. That’s It! finds the legendary New Orleans collective linking up with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, who produced the album with PHJB’s Ben Jaffe.As these are all brand-new compositions, band members Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Rickie Monie and Clint Maedgen wrote for the album and collaborated with Paul Williams, Dan Wilson and Chris Stapleton on several songs.
01. Runnin’ With The Wolf
02. Killing Floor
03. The Red Rooster
04. Howlin’ For My Baby
06. Ooh Baby Hold Me
07. Riding In The Moonlight
08. Who’s Been Talkin’
09. Back Door Man
10. Worried All The Time
11. Smokestack Lightning
12. Do The Do
13. I’m Leavin’ You
14. Tell Me What I’ve Done
15. Wang Dang Doodle
The Deadly Gentlemen, then a trio, recorded its first album in 2008. The current five-man lineup solidified in 2011.And the band has been rising rapidly in the acoustic music scene ever since.They play the instruments associated with bluegrass — guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and bass.
Banjo player Greg Liszt, who has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, toured with Bruce Springsteen on his “Seeger Sessions” tour.Mike Barnett, the fiddle player, toured with bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds when he was 15. He later became a jazz violinist and played with the David Grisman Quintet and the Tony Trischka Band.Bassist Sam Grisman learned the music from his father, mandolin great David Grisman.Dominick Leslie, the mandolin player, has performed with banjoist Noam Pikelny and the Infamous Stringdusters.
And guitarist Stash Wyslouch grew up in heavy metal bands.
Now, that’s eclectic.
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