Trombone Shorty has released the final preview of his highly anticipated new studio album, Lifted, before it is released April 29 on Blue Note Records. “Everybody in the World” is an uplifting song featuring the New Breed Brass Band that finds common ground in our universal desire for love and acceptance.
Trombone Shorty also just became a GRAMMY-winner for his work as both a songwriter and featured artist on close friend Jon Batiste’s Album of the Year We Are. He then performed at the GRAMMY Salute to Paul Simon alongside Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, Jonas Brothers and Little Big Town. The concert will air later in 2022 on CBS.
He also just released the music video for “What it Takes” featuring fellow Louisianian Lauren Daigle – the platinum-selling, two-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist. “What It Takes” starts with a snare drum roll and opens up to an uplifting blend of soul, funk and pop – a celebration of the strength and growth that can emerge from times of struggle.
Lifted harnesses the raw power and exhilarating grooves of his legendary live shows, over ten tracks recorded at his own Buckjump Studio with producer Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Andra Day). Shorty and his bandmates crash through funk, soul and psychedelic rock with transcendent performances, set to bold songwriting that explores grit and determination in hard times. The album features special guests Gary Clark, Jr., Daigle as well as the New Breed Brass Band. He recently released the NOLA-inspired music video for “Come Back” and you can listen to the title track here.
With the release of Lifted just two weeks away, Trombone Shorty has a number of key appearances and performances. Shorty will be hosting his Treme Threauxdown event for a sixth time on April 30 at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans with special guests Joan Jett, Gary Clark Jr, Tank and the Bangas, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, David Shaw, James Andrews and more to be announced soon.
Following his April 30 show, he will close the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 8 with the hallowed final set that for years was performed by The Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair before that. Following Jazz Fest, Shorty will bring his once-in-a-lifetime Voodoo Threaxdown tour featuring Tank and the Bangas, Big Freedia, Cyril Neville the Uptown Ruler and The Soul Rebels across the US. The tour will also feature a tribute to the foundational work of funk pioneers The Meters led by founding bassist George Porter Jr. alongside Dumpstaphunk. The Voodoo Threauxdown tour is a lesson in New Orleans music history, and a vision of where that music is headed in the 21st century. The festival will kick off on June 10 and will move across the US, making stops at NYC’s Central Park Summerstage on June 13, Red Rocks Amphitheater on June 28, and The Hollywood Bowl on August 10.
Trombone Shorty (born Troy Andrews) is a native of New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood and got his start earlier than most, performing at Jazz Fest with Bo Diddley at age four and leading his own brass band at six. Since 2010, he’s released four chart-topping studio albums; collaborated across genres with Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Foo Fighters, ZHU, Zac Brown, Normani, Ringo Star, and countless others; played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Newport Folk, Newport azz, and nearly every other major festival; appeared on dozens of tv shows, and at the star-studded Sesame Street Gala, where he was honored with his own muppet. The New York Times has called him an “unstoppable force,” who recently made a cameo on The Simpsons, was profiled by Vanity Fair in 2021 and has been featured in campaigns for Crown Royal and Folgers.