Trombone Shorty has released the third preview of his highly anticipated new studio album, Lifted, out April 29 on Blue Note Records. “What it Takes” features fellow Louisianian Lauren Daigle – the platinum-selling, two-time Grammy-winning vocalist. “What It Takes” starts with a snare drum roll and opens up to an uplifting blend of soul, funk and pop – a celebration of the strength and growth that can emerge from times of struggle.
Listen to “What it Takes” here: https://tsoa.lnk.to/WhatItTakes
Lifted harnesses the raw power and exhilarating grooves of his legendary live shows, over ten tracks recorded at his own Buckjump Studio with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day). Shorty and his bandmates crash through funk, soul and psychedelic rock with transcendent performances, set to bold songwriting that explores grit and determination in hard times. The album features special guests Gary Clark, Jr., Daigle as well as the New Breed Brass Band. He recently released the NOLA-inspired music video for “Come Back” and you can listen to the title track here.
With the release of Lifted just a month away, Trombone Shorty has also detailed a number of key appearances and performances. This includes a performance at the Grammy Salute to Paul Simon alongside Brandi Carlile, Dave Matthews, and Little Big Town in LA next week, April 6. The concert will air later in 2022 on CBS. Shorty will also be hosting his Treme Threauxdown event for a sixth time on April 30 at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans with special guests Joan Jett, Gary Clark Jr, Tank and the Bangas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, David Shaw, James Andrews and more to be announced soon.
Following his April 30 show, he will close the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 8 with the hallowed final set that for years was performed by The Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair before that. Following Jazz Fest, Shorty will bring his once-in-a-lifetime Voodoo Threaxdown tour featuring Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville the Uptown Ruler and The Soul Rebels across the US. The tour will also feature a tribute to the foundational work of funk pioneers The Meters led by founding bassist George Porter Jr. alongside Dumpstaphunk. The Voodoo Threauxdown tour is a lesson in New Orleans music history, and a vision of where that music is headed in the 21st century. The festival will kick off on June 10 and will move across the US, making stops at NYC’s Central Park Summerstage on June 13, Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 28, and The Hollywood Bowl on August 10.
Trombone Shorty (born Troy Andrews) is a native of New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood and got his start earlier than most, performing at Jazz Fest with Bo Diddley at age four and leading his own brass band at six. Since 2010, he’s released four chart-topping studio albums; collaborated across genres with Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Star, and countless others; played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, Newport azz, and nearly every other major festival; appeared on dozens of tv shows, and at the star-studded Sesame Street Gala, where he was honored with his own muppet. The New York Times has called him an “unstoppable force,” who recently made a cameo on The Simpsons, was profiled by Vanity Fair in 2021 and has been featured in campaigns for Crown Royal and Folgers.
Pre-order Lifted here.
2022 Tour Dates:
April 23, 2022 – Double Decker Arts Festival in Oxford, MS
April 30, 2022 – Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, LA
May 8, 2022 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans, LA
May 20, 2022 – Academy 2 in Birmingham, UK
May 21, 2022 – SWG3 Studio Warehouse in Glasgow, UK
May 23, 2022 – Roundhouse in London, UK
May 24, 2022 – O2 Ritz Manchester in Manchester, UK
May 26, 2022 – Mojo Club in Hamburg, Germany
May 27, 2022 – 013 Poppodium in Tilburg, The Netherlands
May 28, 2022 – Salle Pleyel in Paris, France
May 30, 2022 – Huxley’s in Berlin, Germany
May 31, 2022 – Muffathalle in Munich, Germany
June 1, 2022 – Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium
June 3, 2022 – Barcelona Guitar Festival in Barcelona, Spain
June 4, 2022 – Kapital in Madrid, Spain
June 10, 2022 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton, NH
June 11, 2022 – Leader Bank Pavilion in Boston, MA
June 13, 2022 – SummerStage in Central Park in New York, NY
June 14, 2022 – Tuesdays in the Park Concert Series in Lewiston, NY
June 15, 2022 – Massey Hall in Toronto, ON
June 17, 2022 – Bold Point Park in East Providence, RI
June 18, 2022 – Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA
June 19, 2022 – Ting Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA
June 21, 2022 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC
June 22, 2022 – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA
June 24, 2022 – Venue TBA in Grand Rapids, MI
June 25, 2022 – The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre in Detroit, MI
June 26, 2022 – Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL
June 28, 2022 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO
June 29, 2022 – Venue TBA in Salt Lake City, UT
July 1, 2022 – KettleHouse Amphitheatre in Bonner, MT
July 2, 2022 – Venue TBA in Seattle, WA
July 3, 2022 – Edgefield in Troutdale, OR
August 10, 2022 – Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA
August 11, 2022 – Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
August 12, 2022 – Oxbow River Stage Concert Series in Napa, CA
August 13, 2022 – Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
August 14, 2022 – The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park in San Diego, CA