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TROMBONE SHORTY BOTTLES EXPLOSIVE LIVE-SHOW ENERGY ON NEW STUDIO ALBUM LIFTED OUT APRIL 29 ON BLUE NOTE RECORDS

SHORTY ENLISTS SPECIAL GUESTS GARY CLARK JR., LAUREN DAIGLE,

AND THE NEW BREED BRASS BAND FOR FIRST ALBUM IN FIVE YEARS 

 

LISTEN TO THE LEAD SINGLE “COME BACK”

 

 

18 FEBRUARY 2022 (TORONTO, ON) - Trombone Shorty will release his highly anticipated new studio album Lifted April 29th on Blue Note Records. For his first album in five years, the born-and-bred New Orleans musical icon and ambassador harnesses the raw power and exhilarating grooves of his legendary live shows, over ten tracks recorded at his own Buckjump Studio with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day).  Shorty and his bandmates crash through funk, soul and psychedelic rock with transcendent performances, set to bold songwriting that explores grit and determination in hard times. The album features special guests Gary Clark, Jr., Lauren Daigle, and the New Breed Brass Band.

 

The run-up to Lifted kicks off today with “Come Back,” an infectious lovelorn plea over a hip-hop beat with hard rock energy.  Though it’s a reckoning with loss and regret, “Come Back”—like much of the album—conveys a staunch resilience.

 

The Lifted album title and cover photo references the relationship Trombone Shorty had with his mother, Lois Nelson Andrews. In dedicating the album to her memory, he says “She passed recently, but she continued to inspire me right up until she transitioned, and that’s why I put a picture of her holding me up at a second line on the cover of this album. She lifted me up my whole life.”

 

Shorty continues, “I think Lifted is the closest we’ve ever gotten to bottling up the live show and putting it on a record. This time around I told everybody to really cut loose, to perform like they were onstage at a festival.”

 

He speaks from experience: Shorty’s live performances have taken him to six continents, the GRAMMY Awards telecast, the White House (multiple times), and major tours with everyone from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to the Rolling Stones.  This May he will perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, where he’s taken over the fest’s hallowed final set; during Mardi Gras he will ride on his own float leading the Krewe of Freret parade and perform at the after-party gala dubbed “Shorty Gras.” Shorty will also bring his once-in-a-lifetime Voodoo Threaxdown tour featuring Big Freedia, Tank & the Bangas, George Porter and Dumpstaphunk across the U.S. this summer.

 

Lifted pulses with performances from an artist and band operating at the peak of their powers. The effervescent “What It Takes” gets profoundly funky as it celebrates the strength and growth that can emerge from times of struggle, while the bittersweet “Forgiveness” leans into the band’s R&B influences as it works to move on from pain and betrayal.  The blistering “I’m Standing Here” (which features a mind-bending guitar solo from Gary Clark Jr.) rushes headlong into the maelstrom.

 

Trombone Shorty (born Troy Andrews) is a native of New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood and got his start earlier than most, performing at Jazz Fest with Bo Diddley at age four and leading his own brass band at six.  Since 2010, he’s released four chart-topping studio albums; collaborated across genres with Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Star and countless others; played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, Newport Jazz, and nearly every other major festival; appeared on dozens of tv shows, and at the star-studded Sesame Street Gala, where he was honored with his own muppet. The New York Times has called him an “unstoppable force,” who recently made a cameo on The Simpsons, was profiled by Vanity Fair in 2021 and has been featured in campaigns for Crown Royal and Folgers.

 

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The tracklisting for Lifted is as follows:

 

  1. Come Back
  2. Lie to Me
  3. I'm Standing Here (Feat. Gary Clark, Jr.)
  4. What It Takes (Feat. Lauren Daigle)
  5. Everybody in the World (Feat. New Breed Brass Band)
  6. Lifted
  7. Forgiveness
  8. Miss Beautiful
  9. Might Not Make It Home
  10. Good Company

 

Trombone Shorty - 2022 Tour dates:

February 19 – Shorty Gras – New Orleans, LA

February 24 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 25 – Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 26 – Fort Mose Jazz and Blues Series – St. Augustine, FL

February 27 – Gasparilla Music Festival – Tampa, FL

April 23 – Double Decker Arts Festival – Oxford, MS

April 30 – Saenger Theatre – New Orleans, LA

May 8 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA

May 20 – Academy 2 – Birmingham, UK

May 21 – SWG3 Studio Warehouse – Glasgow, UK

May 23 – Roundhouse – London, UK

May 24 – O2 Ritz Manchester – Manchester, UK

May 26 – Mojo Club – Hamburg, Germany

May 27 – 013 Poppodium – Tilburg, The Netherlands

May 28 – Salle Pleyel – Paris, France

May 30 – Huxley’s – Berlin, Germany

May 31 – Muffathalle – Munich, Germany

June 1 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium

June 3 – Barcelona Guitar Festival – Barcelona, Spain

June 4 – Kapital – Madrid, Spain

June 10 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton, NH

June 11 – Leader Bank Pavilion – Boston, MA

June 13 – SummerStage in Central Park – New York, NY

June 14 – Tuesdays in the Park Concert Series – Lewiston, NY

June 15 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ON

June 17 – Bold Point Park – East Providence, RI

June 18 – Wolf Trap – Vienna, VA

June 19 – Ting Pavilion – Charlottesville, VA

June 21 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre – Cary, NC

June 22 – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park – Atlanta, GA

June 24 – Venue TBA – Grand Rapids, MI

June 25 – The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre – Detroit, MI

June 26 – Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, IL

June 28 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

June 29 – Venue TBA – Salt Lake City, UT

July 1 – KettleHouse Amphitheatre – Bonner, MT

July 2 – Venue TBA – Seattle, WA

July 3 – Edgefield – Troutdale, OR

August 10 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA

August 11 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA

August 12 – Oxbow River State Concert Series – Napa, CA

August 13 – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA

August 14 – The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park – San Diego, CA

 

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