Last week we posted a photo of George Porter Jr. and Snoop Dogg together in a Los Angeles studio. Details on the project were sparse, but it looked like a number of other New Orleans artists—as well as North Mississippi Allstars drummer Cody Dickinson and famed vocalist William Bell—were all involved.
The whole thing begged a lot of questions, but apparently many of them were answered a few days later. Turns out all of these New Orleans music icons, and a few out of town friends, are working on a New Orleans-centric follow up to the music documentary Take Me to the River.
Released in 2014, Take Me to the River recounts the history of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta’s influential blues, soul and R&B scene. The films follows multiple generations of Memphis and Delta artists, particularly those from Stax Records, as they dive into the process of recording a new album.
If a February 11 post from Silverback Music Management is any indication, it appears that a number of New Orleans artists will be participating in a New Orleans edition of the 2014 film. The Instagram post, which you can view below, finds musicians like Khris Royal, “Big Sam” Williams, Snoop Dogg, Cody Dickinson, William Bell, George Porter Jr., Ian Neville, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Terence Higgins and G-Eazy together in Snoop Dogg’s Los Angeles studio. Dickinson, Bell and Snoop’s participation makes a lot of sense in this context, as all of them were integral to the original Take Me to the River (Dickinson provided the movie’s score).
There’s currently no word on when the new project will come to fruition, but it’s an understatement to say we’re looking forward to it.