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February 27, 2013

Aaron Neville headed to Alys Stephens Center for solo show

BIRMINGHAM — Grammy Award-winning soul, R&B and pop vocalist Aaron Neville will perform at UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (ASC) on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

 

Neville is scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. on the ASC’s Jemison Concert Hall stage, 1200 10th Ave. South. While the New Orleans native has visited the ASC before with the Neville Brothers, this time he will step into the spotlight on his own, backed by his own dynamic tour band. Tickets are $66.50, $57.50 and $47.50. Call 205-975-2787 or visit www.AlysStephens.org.

 

Neville just released his latest solo album, “My True Story,” as he looks back on an incredible career filled with his own solo work and his role in the first family of New Orleans music, the Neville Brothers. His first hit single was the landmark “Tell It Like It Is,” which held the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts for five weeks in 1967. He won Grammy Awards for his triple-platinum 1989 collaboration with Linda Ronstadt, “Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind,” and reached the country charts with the title track of 1993’s “The Grand Tour.” A member of the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, his most recent project prior to the new album was the gospel recording “I Know I’ve Been Changed” in 2010.

 

On “My True Story,” Neville revisits some of his favorite classics from the doo-wop era. He puts his unique falsetto stamp on a dozen vocal-group standards and adds a few new spins along the way. The material ranges from heart-tugging ballads such as “Ting-A-Ling,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “This Magic Moment” and “Under the Boardwalk,” to rousing renditions of such upbeat numbers as “Money Honey,” “Be My Baby” and “Work With Me, Annie.” The record was produced by legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and Blue Note Records President Don Was.

 

The songs were the soundtrack to his youth and became the foundation for all of the music he has created in the decades since. Neville has claimed that the harmonies of doo-wop are with him night and day, and he often wakes up in the night with a doo-wop song in his head. “These songs helped to mold me into who I am,” Neville said. “They’re all dear to my heart, and they rode with me, in my bones, through all these years.”

 

On hearing “My True Story,” Rolling Stone magazine called Neville “a true soul master at work,” while USA Today noted that “his sweet tenor fits these doo wop-era standards like a glove.”

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