Did you hear? ESPN chose Vaughan’s lounge as the site to film their intro video for the College Football Championship featuring Lil Wayne & Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet!
The video premieres at 6:58 PM CT tonight (Monday) on ESPN, and will feature the song “Treme Lyfe” by Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet.
For the uninitiated, Vaughan’s is an important music venue in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. Kermit Ruffins played there every Thursday for many years, and recorded the album Live at Vaughan’s there. Corey Henry played in Kermit’s band regularly at Vaughan’s, is on the Live at Vaughan’s album, and when Kermit retired from his Thursday night gigs there, Corey Henry took over for him.
“ By blending the world’s finest trombone section with the deeply soulful vocals of Michael McDonald, Bonerama has cooked up a brilliant jambalaya that will be savored for a long time to come! “
— Don Was, President, Blue Note Records / Founder, Was (Not Was)
“Empty World” is dedicated to Allen Toussaint, the prolific legendary New Orleans producer and musician who impacted the lives of many New Orleans musicians including those of Bonerama. The lyrics reference Toussaint’s songs, paint a picture of the kind person he was, and express sadness of him no longer being with us. The song also has an alternate meaning as a dedication to all of New Orleans lost legends.
Bonerama is viewed by some as one of the most genuine, unique and interesting bands to come from the Crescent City, incorporating brass, funk, soul, rock, blues and alternative into their one-of-a-kind sound. Three trombones, plus sousaphone, guitar and drums all deliver powerful sounds that you have to hear to believe.
Bonerama bandleader and songwriter Mark Mullins explains, “I was pretty much devastated when I heard the news of Allen’s passing. His influence on me as a musical hero, arranger, composer, producer is immeasurable.” Mullins penned “Empty World” on the very same day he learned of Toussaint’s passing, and the song came together in about an hour. While working on the 40th Anniversary Tour of The Last Waltz, Mullins asked the legendary vocalist Michael McDonald to perform on the track, and McDonald agreed delivering an outstanding performance.
Mullins explains further about the impact of Allen Toussaint, “I think of the seemingly effortless ability he brought to the process: brilliant ideas to song to arrangement, artist recruitment, recording, mixing, completing a song, and repeating the process to make a collection of songs. Then, he excelled at the behind the scenes business artistry of bringing these songs to the masses. A whole other art. It’s an astounding series of hurdles to clear and he made it look easy. If any of those steps don’t come together perfectly along the way, the song likely becomes lost, and virtually no one will hear it or remember it. Allen Toussaint’s contributions to New Orleans music are simply unparalleled in what one person has done to make the genre what it is today. For us, as New Orleans musicians, wanna-be role models, and fans, we wanted to make this as special as we could for him, and all of the legends that are so rapidly leaving this world, in what is feeling like, to me, an Empty World.”
Astronaut Ricky Arnold spent 197 days on his second opportunity to work on the International Space Station. This video, that he shot and gathered, captures the beauty of our world and is set to the title track of our release, A Beautiful World. This song from the album by Kermit Ruffins and Irvin Mayfield, Jr. features the vocals of Haley Reinhart. We are so thankful that NASA chose our music to accompany this phenomenal footage. Watch the video here (please make it full screen, turn up your volume, sit back, and relax) >