Trombone Shorty has released Lifted, his first album of original music in five years. 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.
Shorty has capped a historic April that included his first-ever Grammy win, an appearance on the Grammy Salute to Paul Simon (airing later this year on CBS), and a deeply revealing interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, where Marc attested, “I can’t remember the last time I heard a power horn band like that.”
The album features special guests Gary Clark Jr. and Lauren Daigle as well as the New Breed Brass Band and has been widely celebrated by American Songwriter, No Depression, and Bluegrass Situation, who state simply: “It’s true, it just doesn’t get cooler than Trombone Shorty.”
Standout single “Lie To Me” is a brass-heavy strut that showcases Shorty’s renowned soloing abilities on the trombone. The song comes charging out of the gate with powerful rhythmic chanting before the band kicks into gear with triumphant horn blasts and a marching band snare. Lyrically, the tune is about the end of a toxic relationship, with Shorty pleading: “If you don’t want this lie to me, you don’t even gotta waste your energy.”
Shorty is gearing up to bring his once-in-a-lifetime Voodoo Threaxdown tour featuring Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville the Uptown Ruler and The Soul Rebels across the US. The tour will also feature a tribute to the foundational work of funk pioneers The Meters led by founding bassist George Porter Jr. alongside Dumpstaphunk.
The Voodoo Threauxdown tour is a lesson in New Orleans music history, and a vision of where that music is headed in the 21st century. The festival will kick off on June 10 and will move across the US, making stops at NYC’s Central Park Summerstage on June 13, Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 28, and The Hollywood Bowl on August 10.