Photo by Denise Truscello
A different kind of musical dawn is coming with flashes of rowdy big band, simmering soul and swaggering rock 'n' roll as Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses prepare to ignite a new legacy with their second full-length album, Blow out June 10 on Warrior Records/Universal Music Distribution.
With Blow, Prima and the Witnesses revive a boogie woogie spirit for the modern generation. "The message is to have a good time and enjoy life," explains Prima. "Get up and move. This album is hyper. It makes you want to dance.” Not content to sit on the legacy they so passionately protect, LPJ and the band are taking a page from his father’s playbook, by wailing “Prima-Style” like its 2014.
Originally formed in 2007, Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses began to hit full stride at their breakout performance at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They’ve toured from Los Angeles to Sicily and shared the stage with everyone from Aretha Franklin to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Impatiently waiting to show the world what mayhem could come from the collective talents and years of diverse musical experience that make up the whole of its members. If you’ve seen them in concert, you’ll know a bit about what to expect from the musical minds of the Witnesses.
As energetic and over-the-top as their live shows, BLOW continues the ever-changing musical journey that Prima Sr. began in the 30’s.
Building off of the success of their critically acclaimed debut CD Return of the Wildest!, Prima and the Witnesses immersed themselves in writing original music for the first time together and headed into the studio with co-producer and Warrior Records C.E.O. Jim Ervin. Recorded at Capitol Records in Studio B, where Prima Sr. recorded his hits of the 50’s and 60’s, the seriousness of this music is masked only by the obvious fun that was had making it. The outcome is a host of superb innovative new material as eclectic and unique as each member of this powerhouse band, plus revved-up versions of Adam Ant's Goody Two Shoes and Louis Prima Sr.'s Robin Hood.
Prima also sneaks in a vocal and trumpet duet with his father on That's My Home, utilizing Sr.’s original vocal/trumpet solo from the 1959 recording combined with a new music track created by LP Jr. and the Witnesses. The Louis Armstrong cover bridges the gap between family generations as it rises into a heartfelt and hypnotic tribute to his father and is a loving homage to the city they both adore.
But it’s on songs like first single Go Let's Go, the musical party I Just Wanna Have Fun and the soulfully explosive Fame And Glory that the band's uniqueness shines through. The result of blending the skills of these musicians is a blistering assault on your senses that will make you shout out loud and get up and move.
Of course Prima has a lot to live up to--sharing a name with his celebrated father--but a new legend is being born, and it’s about to BLOW you away.
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