George Porter Jr.

George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid '60s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.

Porter's rhythmic work in the Meters in lockstep with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was epic. Those pockets, the long notes and fat holes, provided the cushion for Leo Nocentelli or Art Neville to play or sing over and created some of R&B history's most memorable grooves.

Few bass players in the history of modern New Orleans music are as storied as George Porter Jr. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he's notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann) just to name a few. Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers again to only name a few.

Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin' Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners -- Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face." I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered."

Porter has proven to be capable of the ultimate fusion of rock, funk and R&B, and has gained recognition as one of the industry's elite bass players. He continues to be not only an in demand performing artist but an accomplished studio musician and producer.

Today, Porter features that epic bottom end in his latest ventures with his own band the Runnin' Pardners.

Don Gallardo has called Nashville home for over 11 years. He has his heart in the East Nashville sound and scene, but his California roots are never far away. Gallardo has weaved his 1970’s Laurel Canyon influences into modern roots-Americana, while mixing southern and western sounds comfortably. He has released 5 full-length albums, an EP, a live In-studio acoustic album, and a live album. He is set to release a brand new 7-song EP featuring new original music and a cover. All songs feature British/Nashville songstress Lilly Winwood on vocals. Gallardo and Winwood’s vocals mesh well together, as if they have been singing together for years. The new album titled, “In The Name Of Good Intentions,” is set to release in July 2019 in UK/EU and September 2019 Worldwide. This is Gallardo’s first album solely produced and engineered on his own. The album was mixed by Dave Colemen, with the help of Gallardo.

Gallardo’s past albums have featured Nashville legendary musicians that have played with or currently play with artists such as Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Buddy Miller, Margo Price, The Steeldrivers, Old Crow Medicine Show and more.

Gallardo’s last two albums, HICKORY and STILL HERE, received high marks: The Telegraph called Hickory, released in the UK by Clubhouse Records, “One of the Best Country Music Albums of 2015” along with Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Patty Griffin, Justin Townes Earle, & more. MOJO Magazine gave both Still Here & Hickory “4 Stars” and in 2016 Rolling Stone called Gallardo “A singer-songwriter that is one of the Country and Americana scene's true journeymen.”

Gallardo’s work has been prominently featured in films "Jolene" and Jackass Presents "Bad Grandpa" as well as highly popular television series, "The Vampire Diaries," ABC's "Nashville,” and Netflix series “The Ranch,” where it aired on two consecutive episodes.

Lilly has established herself as a writer that’s wise beyond her years through her soulful guitar-playing and quick-witted lyrics. Silver Stage, the debut EP from Lilly Winwood, chronicles a journey through coming-of-age narratives and a sound that offers an English take on traditional American roots music. Backed by Nashville-via-Australia producer Joshua Barber (Gotye, Archie Roach), the songs on “Silver Stage” blend Bonnie Raitt’s world-weary vocals, My Morning Jacket’s ethereal twang, and Brittany Howard's no-bullshit bravado to create an EP that pays homage to Lilly’s singer-songwriter idols (like John Prine).

It’s no surprise that Lilly sounds at home on Silver Stage, though, considering she’s played music for most of her life. She’s written songs since her early teens and she grew up playing in bands with her brother, Cal. Shortly after she began touring at age sixteen, and in 2016, she recorded a duet of “Higher Love” with her dad (Steve Winwood) for a 2016 Hershey’s commercial, which Adweek lauded as “a true anthem spot.” In the fall of 2019, Lilly is looking to release her first full length album.

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