Now that Anders has been discovered by the world at-large and Shorty is a GRAMMY winning household name, Papa Grows Funk has to be New Orleans’ best kept musical secret. Friday night served as a celebration of their great new record Needle in the Groove and a headlining set at Tipitina’s was an excellent platform to perform the Allen Toussaint-produced record in full from front-to-back. Not sure if I was just settling in at the onset of the show but the latter half of the album is what really left an impression. Because of a lack of song titles to reference, I can’t say much more than the fact that this record definitely merits checking out, didn’t seem to be just another NOLA funk record (not that that’s a bad thing), some interesting compositions on there for sure.
Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and the Big Easy where he helped get Live Music Blog: NOLA off-the-ground, managing it in New Orleans through Jazz Fest 2012. Hodges now lives amongst THE CALIFORNIANS as a newcomer to West LA. His favorite artists include My Morning Jacket, Sigur Rós, Widespread Panic, The Allman Brothers Band, Dr. Dog, Tame Impala, Anders Osborne, Radiohead and Bobby & The Midnites.
Daft Punk is actually playing at his house tonight and you're invited.