Not too often that a collection of badass sidemen get their chance to step out and have their moment in the sun, but hopefully that will happen for the New Orleans trio of George Porter Jr. (bass), Russell Batiste (drums) and Brian Stoltz (guitar). Together the three of them have backed up some incredible musicians throughout history; they’ve played with The Funky Meters, The Meters and The Runnin’ Pardnors among other bands and musicians, but now they’ve gotten together and formed Porter Batiste Stoltz.
When Art Neville decided to leave the Funky Meters in favor of his namesake band, the three saw an opportunity for something different. Combined they’re a funky, melt-your-face band, with ripping guitar solos, deep pocket bass lines, and solid drum fills. They find the groove within each song and on their debut album, Expanding the Funkin’ Universe they show a penchant for song writing and three-part harmonies. Something that hits you in a pleasant and unexpected way for a funk/jam band.
We got the chance to chat up George Porter Jr., who is revered as the “funkiest bass player in history” and you won’t get a disagreement from us. Look for that interview later tonight, since we haven’t had a chance to transcribe it. We thought, however, in honor of Mardi Gras beginning today, we’d share a little Porter Batiste Stoltz. Because the only way to hear New Orleans’s favorite funky sons is to hear them live.
Porter Batiste Stoltz November 17, 2007 Live Oak, FL. @ Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park
- Grits N Hurricanes
- All I Do Everyday
- All I Wanna Do
- PBS (Funk the Best) >
- PBS (Funk the Best) > Cissy with Attitude Pt. 3 > Get Out of My Life Woman*
- Ouw* > Not Fade Away* > Ouw*
- Norma’s House*
- I Get High* >
- Bring the Flood* >
- Bring the Flood* >
- Bring the Flood*
* with Skerik on saxophone and “V-Boy” on trombone
I’d offer up individual Mp3 of the tracks, but what’s the point? You know you want the entire darn show cause it’s that freaking good. Tonight they’re in San Francisco, so be sure to check out the tour dates after the jump and then go check them when they roll into your neck of the woods.
February 05 12 Galaxies San Francisco CA
February 06 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz CA
February 07 Red Fox Tavern Eureka CA
February 09 WOW Hall Eugene OR
February 10 Aladdin Theater Portland OR
February 11 Nectar Lounge Seattle WA
February 13 The Other Side Missoula MT
February 14-15 Mangy Moose Saloon Teton Village WY
February 19 Fox Theater Boulder CO
February 21 Hodis Half Note Fort Collins CO
February 22 Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Denver CO
February 23 The Stage Stop Rollinsville CO
April 18 The Double Dorr Inn Charlotte NC
April 19 The Pour House Charleston SC
June 07 Walkarusa Lawrence KS