November 30, 2012
For the third year running, New Orleans singing star Aaron Neville is bringing his annual Christmas Celebration tour to Baton Rouge. This year, by popular demand, the Manship Theatre added a second show featuring Neville’s Christmas gumbo of seasonal and secular music.
“The shows are not totally Christmas,” Neville explained from his home in New York City. “I do the stuff that I’ve done over the years and I’ve got some new stuff to add to it. I mix it all up, sprinkle the Christmas things in. It’s always a fun show.”
Neville spoke to The Advocate in mid-November, a few days after his wedding anniversary. The singer and New York photographer Sarah A. Friedman married in 2010.
“We had a two-year anniversary this week,” he said. “We’re still celebrating.”
Friedman shot Neville’s publicity photos for his upcoming album, My True Story. She also created the project’s electronic press kit.
“It was easy for me to look good in the pictures because I was looking at her,” Neville said.
My True Story is the album that Neville wanted to do for decades. Featuring performances of mostly doo-wop songs that he’s loved since childhood, it will be released Jan. 2
“Everything I’ve done, really, you can hear some doo-wop in it,” he said. “When I did ‘Mona Lisa,’ I ended it with a doo-wop thing. The song I did with Linda Ronstadt, ‘Don’t Know Much,’ I did a doo wop-ending on that.
“So it’s something that’s been in my heart for a long time. I’m happy that Don Was and Blue Note Records gave me a chance to do it.”
Was, a producer whose credits include Bonnie Raitt’s breakthrough album, Nick of Time, the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge, Bob Dylan’s Under the Red Sky and Willie Nelson’s Lost Highway, co-produced My True Story in New York with Keith Richards.