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B-meets-gospel soul style. They caught up with Macy Gray when she performed a memorable concert at Tipitinas where Ellman says he could see from the outset how much she cares about the music. And each of the players had also developed a deep appreciation for the Honorable Souths Charm Taylor, whose contribution, Right On was written specifically to suit her vibe.Quint Davis [the producer of] Jazz Fest always has a couple people he books at the festival that arent big names but that Quint knows are going to be super cool, says Ellman. Thats how we met Brushy One-String. We originally wanted to bring him in to do anything, just to see what would happen. But when we heard his song Chicken in the Corn, we really wanted to do our version of it.In the end, he joined them on the road for over a month, collaborating with the band onstage at each show.For the instrumental tracks, Galactic mined the interests and tastes theyve cultivated together for years in New Orleans. Buck 77 was written via improvisation, a long-standing cornerstone of their live shows. The funky bass line and tumbling guitar part on Long Live the Borgne, meanwhile, represents an updated, more composed take on some of the concepts that made early albums like Coolin Off so strong.As for the opener Soogar Doosie, Ellman points out Galactic tends to record at least one track on each album that speaks to the bands collective love of brass band music. We write [those songs] with the idea of how awesome it would be to hear the Rebirth going down doing the street in a second line playing one of our songs. We try to think of a real second line song that would get people slapping stop signs and dancing on cars, he says.The album, Ellman says is all about people. Its these connections weve made over 20 years. Theyre people in our orbit that have come into our little world and affected us in some way.Its also about how the individual musicians within Galactic have grown over time. When it comes to trying new approa
March 03, 2018
March 03, 2018
9:30 Club 815 V St NW Washington, District of Columbia 20001 United States
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