Bonnie's Pride and Joy

Fansite with ALL the news about Bonnie !

Ivan Neville Releases His First Solo Album In Nearly 20 Years

on April 21, 2023 No comments
by jbleicher.com

The 10-Song Album Features Guest Appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Trombone Shorty, David Shaw and members of Preservation Hall

After a nearly 20 year wait, Ivan Neville has released ‘Touch My Soul,’ his new solo album, out today via Mascot Label Group / The Funk Garage. The 10-song collection is a celebration of Neville’s emotional and spiritual journey as an artist, a human, a father, and a man; featuring special guest appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Aaron Neville, Cyril Neville, Trombone Shorty, David Shaw and members of Preservation Hall. Touch My Soul is available now to purchase/stream HERE.

The album’s latest single is its lone cover, a hypnotizing version of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place,” which fits like the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle. “It’s taken me years to understand that it’s all about the journey, it’s not about the finish line,” Ivan says. “Everything serves a purpose. We just have to pay attention. So I look for blessings everywhere.”

‘Touch My Soul’ exudes an unmistakable New Orleans ambiance while breathing new life into Neville’s singular sound. The release follows album singles “

Hey All Together” – featuring Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Michael McDonald and David Shaw (The Revivalists), with instrumental sparks from Troy “Trombone Shorty’ Andrews and violinist Theresa Anderson – and  “Greatest Place On Earth,” a deliriously Mardi Gras-styled salute to the Crescent City packed with incisive rhythms, booting horn parts, and vocal fireworks, featuring special guests Trombone Shorty along with Preservation Hall Jazz bandleaders Ben Jaffe and Charlie Gabriel.

{{svg_quality_icon}}
{{quality-options}}

As a standard bearer for the musical culture of New Orleans, Ivan takes his anointing as seriously as the swamp water that courses through his veins. From the ferocious funk he makes with his bandmates in the dynamic funk supergroup Dumpstaphunk to his high-profile gigs over the years with Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt, Ivan embodies the irrepressible spirit of New Orleans, holding the keys to the Crescent City at his fingertips. Whether summoning the barrelhouse mambo of Professor Longhair, the spidery intricacies of James Booker; or spooky, atmospheric chords like Dr. John; Ivan can riff like Sly Stone with catchy, melodic chord progressions; or throw intense, impulsive jabs when he jams with his musical kin in Dumpstaphunk.

“I haven’t written any new material for myself in a long time,” Ivan explains, “so this project is very special to me. I made it up as I went along, a song here and there, in between my work with Dumpstaphunk and my work with good musical friends. Music is a way to make people feel better, it brings spiritual healing.”

Musically, Ivan constructed ‘Touch My Soul’ around piano pieces that he composed in the portrait photograph- filled “sun room” in his house in Uptown New Orleans. “The drum loops were inspired by the sounds I heard on Sly Stone’s Fresh album,” he says, “which was a big influence on me as a teen.” While vocals on his previous albums have always been tart and sweet, Ivan’s voice comes from a more evolved place on ‘Touch My Soul, which makes sense nearly 20 years removed from his last solo effort ‘Scrape’ (2004).

“People try to warn us about the risks in life, but we want to learn for ourselves,” he says. “And we have a choice whether we want to learn from our mistakes. I believe the more we embrace our vulnerabilities, our imperfections, our insecurities, the better we become. That’s my goal: stay teachable.” The lyrics and compositions in ‘Touch My Soul’ reflect that maturity.

Ivan’s blood line runs through two of the most influential groups that New Orleans has ever produced, and he grew up playing with them both. His uncle Art “Poppa Funk” Neville was vocalist and keyboardist with the Meters, the seminal New Orleans funk band and one of modern music’s most sampled groups. Art also founded the Neville Brothers with Ivan’s uncles Charles and Cyril, and Ivan’s father, the world renown balladeer and vocal stylist Aaron Neville. The Nevilles’ musical range not only spanned generations but also idioms like carnival rhythms, pop, soul, R&B, and jazz; their collective identity galvanized Black New Orleans’s cultural life to create a musical identity that focused their individual gifts with grace and grit.

And while Ivan Neville grew up playing the music of his family, ‘Touch My Soul’ delivers another chapter of Ivan’s own songbook and musical DNA.

‘Touch My Soul’ is not unlike a good bowl of homemade gumbo, he adds, “very soothing for the soul.” Which is what Ivan strives to bring to the world as an artist and a fellow traveler. “When I think about the way music has touched my soul and all the songs that became special moments in my life, I become very emotional. Music should touch your soul. I hope this record and this music touches someone’s soul.”

‘Touch My Soul’ by Ivan Neville
1. Hey All Together (feat. Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Trombone Shorty, David Shaw
2. Greatest Place On Earth (feat. Trombone Shorty, Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel)
3. Might Last A Lifetime (feat. Cyril Neville)
4. Dance Music Love (Feat. Doyle Bramhall II)
5. Touch My Soul
6. Stand For Something
7. Blessed
8. This Must Be The Place
9. Pass It All Around
10. Beautiful Tears

https://www.facebook.com/IvanNevilleMusic
https://www.instagram.com/ivanneville/
www.ivannevillemusic.com


Source: © Copyright Grateful Web and NewOrleans

But wait, there's more!

Bonnie Raitt Charts Her Second Career No. 1 Billboard Hit Following Her Surprise Grammy Win
Bonnie Raitt accepts the Song of the Year award for “Just Like That” onstage during the 65th GRAMMY Awards at Crypto.com Arena on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.© Frazer Harrison /Getty Images

on February 15, 2023 No comments
by Hugh McIntyre

Bonnie Raitt makes a remarkable comeback on the Billboard charts this week following her surprise win at the Grammys a little more than a week ago. Since the show, fans have been rushing to listen to and buy her newly-honored tune “Just Like That,” which was largely unknown before its moment in the spotlight.

The singer-songwriter’s song “Just Like That” debuts at the top of Billboard’s Rock Digital Song Sales ranking this frame thanks to a surge in interest in the cut. The unexpected success grants Raitt her second No. 1 hit on any Billboard list, and it marks the first time she has topped a sales chart. “Just Like That” also marks Raitt’s third career top 10 on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart.

The 2023 Grammys was a surprising moment for Raitt, who was not predicted to take home the Song of the Year trophy by most music industry experts. Her nomination, let alone the win, came as a shock to many. “Just Like That” became Raitt’s second big win in the “big four” categories, the first being Album of the Year in 1990 for her full-length Nick of Time.

Raitt’s Song of the Year win has helped “Just Like That” make its way onto various charts, including the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, Hot Rock Songs, and the all-genre Digital Song Sales lists. The success of the single has brought Raitt her first top 10 win and just her second placement on the Digital Song Sales chart. This fact is not entirely shocking, as the chart was introduced after Raitt’s heyday, when MP3 sales became popular.

Raitt’s success with “Just Like That” marks just the second time she has topped a Billboard chart. The first instance of her running the show was back in 1998, when her single “One Belief Away” reached the No. 1 spot on the Adult Alternative Airplay ranking.

The newly-honored song was first released on Raitt’s album of the same name, which came out in 2022. In addition to claiming Song of the Year, “Just Like That” won the Best American Roots Song category, while her other track “Made Up Mind” took home the Best Americana Performance Grammy. In order to claim Song of the Year, Raitt’s single beat out several high-profile nominees such as Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” Adele’s “Easy on Me,” Lizzo’s “About Damn Time,” and even Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well.”


Source: © Copyright Forbes

But wait, there's more!

Bonnie Raitt looks as cheerful as ever while out for the first time since shock Grammy win while out in Burbank
Blown away: 'I'm so surprised, I don't know what to say. I don't write a lot of songs but I'm so proud that you appreciate this one. I'm totally humbled' © Kevin Winter /Getty Images for The Recording Academy

on February 7, 2023 No comments
By Deirdre Simonds and Adam S. Levy For Dailymail.com

Bonnie Raitt was seen for the first time after unexpectedly winning Song of the Year over a a star-studded field of nominees at the 2023 Grammy Awards on Sunday.

While stepping out in Burbank, California on Monday morning, the 73-year-old blues singer looked happy and relaxed while showing off her lovely smile as she met up with friends.

Before preparing to catch a flight out of the Los Angeles, the I Can’t Make You Love Me hitmaker stopped to chat with some pals while rocking a black cowboy hat. 

She was dressed in a blue zip-up jacket, black sweatpants, matching sneakers and a pair of oversized shades.

Still smiling: Bonnie Raitt was seen for the first time after unexpectedly winning Song of the Year over a a star-studded field of nominees at the 2023 Grammy Awards on Sunday.
© Clint Brewer Photography /A.I.M./Backgrid
Beaming: Before preparing to catch a flight out of the Los Angeles, the I Can’t Make You Love Me hitmaker stopped to chat with some pals while rocking a black cowboy hat.
© Clint Brewer Photography /A.I.M./Backgrid

For her outing, Raitt wore her wavy auburn tresses in a low ponytail and opted not to wear any jewelry. 

The California native prevailed at the Grammys after beating out Adele, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Beyonce, Steve Lacy, DJ Khaled, GAYLE and Kendrick Lamar.

Raitt was presented Song of the Year by First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. 

Her victory marked the first time a song penned by a solo songwriter had been victorious since the classic Rehab from the late Amy Winehouse won in 2008. 

During her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to the late singer-songwriter John Prine, who died of coronavirus in April of 2020. 

{{svg_quality_icon}}
{{quality-options}}

Raitt described her victory in the loaded category as an ‘unreal moment’ in honor of the track, which she said was inspired by organ donors, and the late singer-songwriter Prine. 

Raitt also cited songwriters in her speech, describing them as the ‘soul-digging, hard-working people who put these ideas to music.’ 

Raitt, during the Grammy Premiere ceremony earlier in the evening, also won the Best Americana Performance for Made Up Mind and Best American Roots Song for Just Like That. 

Winner! The California native prevailed at the Grammys after beating out Adele, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Harry Styles, Beyonce, Steve Lacy, DJ Khaled, GAYLE and Kendrick Lamar in the Song of the Year category.
© Alberto E. Rodriguez /Getty Images for The Recording Academy

The triumphant evening brought Raitt’s total number of Grammys won to 13 over 30 all-time nominations.

Her most recent win at the show prior to Sunday came in 2013, when she collected the award for Best Americana Album for Slipstream.

Raitt said she was especially ‘proud’ to have been nominated for Song of the Year.

Wow: Bonnie’s victory marked the first time a song penned by a solo songwriter had been victorious since the classic Rehab from the late Amy Winehouse won in 2008 © CBS
Surprised: During her acceptance speech, she paid tribute to the late singer-songwriter John Prine, who died of coronavirus in April of 2020 © CBS

‘I’m always really proud to be acknowledged,’ she told People on the red carpet at the Crypto.com Arena. ‘To be acknowledged for song of the year this time is pretty big – so, for one of my tunes? That’s a big thing for me, so I’m very proud.’

Raitt – the daughter of Broadway performer John Raitt and pianist Marge Goddard – was 21 when she was signed by Warner Bros. Records, put out her self-titled debut album in 1971.

Her first Grammy nomination came at the 22nd annual Grammy Awards in 1979 for her Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female for her song You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming (Track).

Raitt had breakout success with her 1989 album Nick Of Time, which included singles including the title track, Thing Called Love, Have a Heart.

Raitt won her first four Grammy Awards with the success of the quintuple platinum album, in the categories Album Of The Year; Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female; and Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.

She also took home the trophy for Best Traditional Blues Recording that year for the John Lee Hooker collaboration I’m In The Mood.

Her follow-up album, Luck of the Draw, in 1991 went seven-times platinum.

It spawned her highest-charting singles, Something to Talk About and I Can’t Make You Love Me.

Another for the collection: The triumphant evening brought Raitt’s total number of Grammys won to 13 over 30 all-time nominations. © Frederic J. Brown /AFP/Getty Images

Raitt won three more Grammys for her efforts on the record, including Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for Something To Talk About; Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo for Luck Of The Draw; and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Good Man, Good Woman.

Her 1994 album Longing in Their Hearts featured the single Love Sneakin’ Up On You and garnered the Best Pop Album Grammy.

She has also collaborated with artists such as Prine, Warren Zevon, Jackson Browne, The Pointer Sisters and Little Feat, among others.

Raitt, who has released 21 albums in her career, said in a statement on her website that she prioritizes making music with a message.

‘I’m really aware of how lucky I am and I feel like my responsibility is to get out there and say something fresh and new – for me and for the fans,’ she said. ‘It’s really daunting not to repeat yourself, but I have to have something to say, or I wouldn’t put out a record.’


Source: © Copyright The Daily Mail

But wait, there's more!