• The Meters - Funky Soul of New Orleans

    22 Sep 2005, 04:06 by dvoodoo

    Man, it's hard to just spit out something about the Meters, and how could words truly do em justice anyhow.

    They started out as an instrumental group, playing a grimy backroom jazz in clubs like the Dew Drop Inn. Comprised of Art Neville on keys, Joe "Zigaboo" Modeliste on drums, George Porter on Bass, and Leo Nocentelli on guitar, they are perhaps more well known now than they were in their heyday.

    In the late 1960's, Allen Toussaint brought 'em down to Sansu studio, and had em lay down countless funky 2nd line style beats. They released some singles on Josie Records, and sides like Cissy Strut, remain popular instrumental hits even today over 35 years later. They put out a few LP's on Josie before opening the 1975 Rolling Stones tour and moving on to Warner Bros. Cyril Neville joined the band as additional percussionist and they produced a total of 8 albums prior to disbanding.

    The Meters backed up many other artists, including Lee Dorsey on "Ride Your Pony" & Dr.