New Orleans’ Hot 8 Brass Band toast their 20th Anniversary in typical roof-raising style, announcing a series of releases and live dates (listed below) to celebrate this significant and incredibly hard-won milestone. Kicking off proceedings on 9th October, with the first new recorded music from the band since 2013, is the “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”/“We Shall Walk Through The Streets Of The City” single, two weeks ahead of the ‘Vicennial – 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band’ album. The essential LP is packed with newly re-recorded versions of classic Hot 8 material, as well as brand new tunes, and sees Hot 8 on the form of their lives.
Enjoy this super-upfront stream of the lead track!
PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM (AND RECEIVE AN INSTANT DOWNLOAD OF "PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE"):
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‘VICENNIAL’ TOUR DATES:
23 Oct - Cork Jazz Festival, Cork, Eire
24 Oct - Cork Jazz Festival, Cork, Eire
25 Oct - The Sugar Club, Dublin, Eire
26 Oct - Band on the Wall, Manchester, UK
27 Oct - Junction 2, Cambridge, UK
28 Oct - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
29 Oct - Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable, UK
30 Oct - The Kasbah, Coventry, UK
31 Oct - Coalition, Brighton, UK
1 Nov - Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, UK
2 Nov - The Garage, London, UK
3 Nov - The Lantern, Bristol, UK
4 Nov - Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, UK
5 Nov - The Wardrobe, Leeds, UK
6 Nov - O2, Sheffield, UK
7 Nov - La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, UK
8 Nov - The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
10 Nov - The Garage, London, UK
Across three albums - 2007’s ‘Rock With The Hot 8’, 2012’s Grammy-nominated ‘The Life & Times Of…’ and 2013’s ‘Tombstone’ – with a host of standout singles, including their iconic version of “Sexual Healing” alongside several other covers and equally impressive originals, Hot 8 Brass Band have told the story of their lives and their city like only they can.
Transcending genres and trends, Hot 8’s party rocking sound and indomitable energy have become renowned across the world, with an ever-growing fanbase and media features across the spectrum from The Guardian to Esquire, BBC Radio 2 to 1Xtra and beyond. The band and their incredible story were featured in Spike Lee’s two New Orleans documentaries When The Levee Broke and The Creek Don’t Rise, as well as playing themselves in David Simon’s hit HBO series Treme.
This single exemplifies Hot 8 Brass Band’s ability to honour their city’s musical traditions while forging their own powerful legacy. “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” is a favourite that they played from early on in Second Line and street parades “Our whole thing then was to create our own distinctive sound, and this song helped us to that”, says band leader and sousaphone player Bennie Pete. It was, he says, “a tune most of us younger guys grew up hearing our parents listen to but we always loved the horn parts and the liveliness”. Reunited for this celebratory recording with older member Keith “Wolf” Anderson, who first suggested playing the song way back in the day, the band felt compelled to lay down the track.
Hot 8 are one of a very few brass bands who pour as much charisma, training and talent into their vocals as their horn playing, resulting in an almighty connective power, and on “Papa…” the bluesy, almost Hendrix-esque guest vocal performance from Frank Williams, over spirited backing from the band, shows even more exploration of that side of their sound. The tune is also set apart and carried along by celebratory, carnival-style percussion with a tropical flavour.
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