December 20th, 2010
One word besides funky that could be used to describe George Porter Jr. is “smile“. He is still smiling despite the fact that he is being sued by a former management company. He is still encouraging others to “smile” while he plays his heart and soul out week after week whether touring with the 7 Walkers or playing with The Trio on a Thursday night at the Maple Leaf.
Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched sessions with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson and Tori Amos.
Regardless of the details surrounding the lawsuit, these musicians do not deserve to go broke because of misrepresentation or greedy management.
On Sunday December 26, we encourage you all to come out to the Howlin’ Wolf and celebrate one of New Orleans living legends and one of our favorite humid beings George Porter Jr.
George Porter Jr.‘s Birthday Bash with George Porter Jr. and his Runnin‘ Pardners
Still looking for that perfect gift for the music lover or musician in your life? How about donating to the “Save PBS“ fund. If you have ever enjoyed the music, this is your time to prove it.
You can also purchase “Christmas In New Orleans \“A Tribute to My Mother“ by George Porter Jr. on amazon here.
From the savepbs.org website:
George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste and Brian Stoltz, both individually and as members of PBS, LLC, need OUR help. Please read carefully through the following information.
They have been sued by their former management company, Highsteppin’ Productions, LLC, owned by Phil Stepanian, for a huge sum of money (more than a half-million dollars, yes, that’s right, over a half-million dollars), which they do not have, or believe that they owe.
Both Porter and Stoltz have had to file for bankruptcy protection, and they risk losing their homes, assets, and life’s work. GEORGE MAY LOSE HIS ROYALTIES AND PUBLISHING RIGHTS! As y’all already may know, through their work collectively and individually with the Meters, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint (to name just a few), these wonderful musicians have contributed an immeasurable amount to the cultural landscape of New Orleans, America and the world.