New Orleans songwriter, producer and solo artist PJ Morton
— also the keyboardist for uber-pop outfit Maroon 5 — released his second live album (and first live DVD) Live Show Killer
earlier this month. He returns to the city for a release show at The Howlin' Wolf
(907 S. Peters St.) tonight, July 17 at 10 p.m.
The album follows 2013's New Orleans
, his first major label studio effort under Young Money and Cash Money, which featured guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes. Live Show Killer
, however, is Morton's first outing on his own imprint, Morton Records.
With his ace band, dubbed The Crusade, Morton and company charge through Live Show Killer
's tight-knit funk and R&B, pulling from his solo efforts and a few covers (including "Thank You For Being a Friend" from the Golden Girls
). The album was recorded at Henson Records Studios Studio A in Los Angeles earlier this year, which proved to be an intimate setting with some lively house party results. Listen to the album's "I Need Your Love" below: