Review by Greg Haymes
“Step right up, come on in, if you’d like to take the grand tour…”
Hearing Aaron Neville – the golden voice of New Orleans’ First Family of Funk ‘n’ Soul – sing the classic heartbreaker by the late country music legend George Jones was a vivid reminder that the barriers between musical styles – between New Orleans and Nashville, for instance – are all just in our heads.
Now I don’t mean to get all “Kumbaya” here. It takes major talent to tackle a repertoire that stretches across genres to encompass vintage Brill Building R&B, Leonard Cohen, Jimmy Reed’s blues, Burt Bacharach, Philly soul, street-corner doo-wop, a gospel hymn… and the George Jones tearjerker.
And it takes a real gift to put your own undeniable stamp on each and every one of those oh-so-diverse songs and make them your own.
But, of course, Aaron Neville’s voice is a genuine gift.