February 28, 2013 – Multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning on March 3rd. Journalist Anthony Mason visited Neville at the famous Electric Lady Studios in New York City for an in-depth interview in the same room that the soul/R&B legend recorded his first Top 10 album and highest charting set ever with his recent release, My True Story. The doo-wop inspired album was released on Blue Note Records and was co-produced by label President Don Was along with Keith Richards. Mason also tagged along with Neville in his hometown of New Orleans for an intimate and unique conversation about the singer’s career in music spanning over 50 years.
Starting on March 2nd, PBS will air the special Aaron Neville: Doo Wop: My True Story — a concert filmed in November at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl — throughout their March pledge campaign (check your local listings). The program features Aaron Neville performing songs from his album My True Story. An incredible array of musicians and guests will join Neville, including: Greg Leisz on guitar (Beck, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams), George G. Receli on drums (Bob Dylan, James Brown), Tony Scherr on bass (Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright), Charles Neville on saxophone (Neville Brothers); Michael Goods on piano, Don Was on organ, Joel Katz, David Johnson and Earl Smith, Jr. on background vocals and, finally, special guests Paul Simon and Joan Osbourne.
Captured at the Brooklyn Bowl in November 2012, the concert featured special guests including Eugene Pitt of the Jive Five (who co-wrote the album’s title song), and Dickie Harmon from the Del-Vikings. All of the songs on My True Story were hand-picked by Neville himself. They are songs that have remained close to his heart since he was a child. The selections include classics by vocal group giants such as Little Anthony and the Imperials (“Tears on My Pillow”), Hank Ballard and the Midnighters (“Work with Me Annie”), and the Drifters (“Money Honey,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment”). To Neville though, these songs weren’t just the soundtrack to his youth; they became the underpinning for all of the remarkable music he has created across five decades.
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Critical acclaim for My True Story
“Neville revisits the music that influenced him as a youth, and his sweet tenor fits these doo-wop-era standards like a glove.” – USA Today
“A true soul master at work.” – Rolling Stone
“If ever there was an album that Aaron Neville was born to make, it’s this collection of doo-wop classics.” – People
“Neville, with his divinely high flutter, was born to croon these romantic ‘50s and ’60s doo-wop and pop-soul standards” – New York Daily News