Following his acclaimed 2010 album These Old Boots, veteran singer-songwriter and musical everyman Dave Jordan returns with Bring Back Red Raspberry on Threadhead records.
The bassist and bandleader of the funk band Juice began his solo stint a few years ago, landing a critical success with the Anders Osborne-produced These Old Boots. For his latest LP, Jordan revealed loose acoustic arrangements and John Prine slices of Americana — stripped-down roots rock, as comfortable in the corners of rowdy pubs or smoky blues holes. Country-folk confessions ("She Was Born in April") and New Orleans rolling piano blues ("Biggest Little Shrimp in Town," covered by Art Neville) comfortably straddle roadhouse zydeco and late-night rock 'n' roll — channeling his regular gigs at Banks Street Bar with The Neighborhood Improvement Association. Jordan also pulls from Neil Young- and Tom Petty-sized ballads ("Telluride" and "Walkin' Wounded") and for good measure there's even an ode/eulogy/love song to Hubig's Pie.
Jordan assembled a backline of musicians from local powerhouses like Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, 101 Runners and the Louisiana Philharmonic, among others. It also feature the final studio performance of Jordan's late bandmate Jamie Galloway of Juice.
The album also was backed by a successful Kickstarter (on which he pledged to make "a killer record"). The campaign raised more than $12,000, topping his $11,000 goal.
Jordan performs at 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the Maple Leaf Bar (8316 Oak St.) with New Orleans bluegrass kings Ramblin' Letters.