“I Wanna Love You,” the new track from Aaron Neville—one of the most recognizable voices in American music history—premieres today at NPR Music. Listen here: http://n.pr/1WMCmpT. The song appears on the multiple Grammy Award-winners new album, Apache, set for release on July 15 via Tell It Records and Kobalt Label Services. The album celebrates Neville’s 75th birthday, while 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of his first number one single, “Tell It Like It Is.” Fans who pre-order the record now on iTunes and Amazon will be able to instantly download “I Wanna Love You” and “Be Your Man.”
Neville will tour nationwide this summer in support of the record with a very special 75th birthday performance at the historic Apollo Theater on August 4 in New York City. Dates include intimate performances in Chicago, San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta and more. See below for full list of dates.
Apache features eleven original tracks and is the first album featuring songs predominantly written by Neville. The record was recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn and produced by multiple Grammy-winning artist and producer Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce, Tedeschi Trucks Band). Of the album Neville says, “It brought out another side of me; people were used to me doing a lot of ballads, but this is more gritty, and some of it has the New Orleans feel.” He adds, “One song talks about my roots, ‘Stompin’ Ground.’ It names a lot of real people that were in my life at different points in time. Another one, ‘Orchid In The Storm,’ was inspired by my wife Sarah; she’s been my orchid in a storm, and still is. Another song is ‘Heaven,’ from a poem I wrote a while back. My inspirations come from real things in life and I have many more where these came from.”
In addition, Neville and Krasno brought in elite musicians such as David Guy (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Menahan Street Band), Cochemea Gastelum (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce, Soulive) and Eric Bloom (Lettuce, Blue Öyster Cult) who contribute on the horn section throughout.
Aaron Neville first rose to national prominence when his song “Tell ItLike It Is” topped Billboard’s R&B chart for five weeks in 1967 and quickly sold over one million copies. Neville again reached the top of the charts in 1989 with his album of duets with Linda Ronstadt, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. The album featured the #1 Grammy-winning hits “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life.” Neville earned wide acclaim for his hits “Everybody Plays the Fool,” “Don’t Take Away My Heaven” and “Hercules,” among many others.
1. Be Your Man
2. All Of The Above
3. Orchid In The Storm
4. Stompin’ Ground
6. Hard To Believe
7. Ain’t Gonna Judge You
8. I Wanna Love You
9. Sarah Ann
10. Make Your Momma Cry
11. Fragile World
AARON NEVILLE LIVE
July 14 & 15—Chicago, IL—City Winery July 22 & 23—Atlanta, GA—City Winery August 4—New York, NY—Apollo Theater—75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “Tell It Like It Is” August 6—Atlantic City, NJ—Golden Nugget September 16—Cincinnati, OH—Live at Ludlow Garage September 23—Durham, NC—Baldwin Auditorium
September 24—Wilmington, NC—CFCC Fine Arts Center
October 7—Brownfield, ME—Stone Mountain Arts October 8—Lincolnville, ME—Cellardoor Winery October 22—Reno, NV—MontBleu Resort & Casino November 11—Austin, TX—Paramount Theatre December 3—Bossier City, LA—Margaritaville Resort & Casino December 9—Baton Rouge, LA—L’Auberge Casino December 10—Rancho Cucamonga, CA—Lewis Family Playhouse December 11—Orange, CA—Musco Center December 13—Redding, CA—Cascade Theatre
December 15 & 16—San Francisco, CA—SFJazz Center December 17—Santa Rosa, CA—Luther Burbank Center