9 March, 2018Print
PJ Morton Releases 'Gumbo Unplugged,' A Symphonic Live Album & FilmFeatures The 22-Piece Matt Jones Orchestra, BJ The Chicago Kid, Yebba, Lecrae, Keyon Harrold And More
Today, PJ Morton -- whose soulful opus 'Gumbo' earned him GRAMMY nominations for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song ("First Began") -- releases 'Gumbo Unplugged,' a symphonic live album & film that reimagines 'Gumbo' into a sweeping and stylish orchestral vision. Accompanied by the 22-piece Matt Jones Orchestra -- as well as guest performers BJ The Chicago Kid, YEBBA, The Hamiltones, Lecrae, Keyon Harrold and more -- the album was tracked in front of dozens of lucky fans in one seamless take at fabled Power Station Studios on January 26, 2017, capturing the unique, infectious energy that courses through every PJ Morton performance.
'Gumbo Unplugged' sees its official release through PJ's own Morton Records. The new company is Morton's self-launched label that he brought to his native New Orleans as part of his vision to create a modern-day Motown, developing and exporting local talent. Stream 'Gumbo Unplugged' over at VEVO.
'Gumbo' heralded Morton's 2016 return to New Orleans, as he escaped Los Angeles to free his creativity and embrace his roots. The decidedly political, but reassuring tone of 'Gumbo' earned praise from NPR Music, Billboard, BET, MTV, and Essence, among others -- see praise below.
PJ, who has moonlighted as Maroon 5's keyboardist and Solange's music director, recently appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the NBA's MLK Day matchup. He is already deep into an eventful 2018, with a solo tour, international Maroon 5 dates, and more new music on the way.
HEAR 'GUMBO UNPLUGGED'
PRAISE FOR PJ MORTON
"Deeply soulful R&B...it's never a matter of if Morton's gonna take us to church but rather when." - NPR Music
"The New Orleans artist merges old and new school with elements of black church music to remind us to remain calm amidst chaos and uncertainty." - The FADER
"PJ Morton has the soulful, passionate taste that R&B yearns for and lovers could sink into at any stage of their relationship." - BET
"The type of soulful musicality that can only be forged in a place like the church and honed after years of music-industry adaptability and pressure." - MTV News
"'Gumbo' is a soulful mix of everything amazing about music." - ESSENCE
'GUMBO UNPLUGGED' TRACKLIST
1. Sticking To My Guns
2. Claustrophobic feat. Keyon Harrold
3. Religion feat. Lecrae
4. How Deep Is Your Love
5. First Began
6. Go Thru Your Phone
7. They Gon' Wanna Come
9. Everything's Gonna Be Alright Feat. BJ the Chicago Kid and The Hamiltones
3/14 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk Indoor
3/23 - Ithaca, NY @ The Space at Greenstar (Finger Lakes Thaw Festival)
4/13 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/15 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
4/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
4/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
4/19 - Oakland, CA @ New Parish
4/20 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater (Soul'd Out Music Festival)
4/27 - Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
6/22 - Akron, Oh @ Tangiers
7/14 - Seoul, Korea @ Understage
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