For the first time, Davell Crawford is partnering up with Basin Street Records to produce My Gift To You (Out June 11th) which features a slew of big names including Big Freedia, Donald Harrison, Jr., Bobbi Humphrey, Dr. John, Nicholas Payton, Steve Riley, Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, and the Davell Crawford Singers. It’s been thirteen years since the “Piano Prince of New Orleans” has graced the world with an album and he wants to make it clear where his musical allegiance lies with this heartfelt tribute to his birthplace and home, Louisiana.
One key ingredient in his down South tribute is the “Southern Woman”, which Crawford has encapsulated in his latest single of the same name. Equal parts sultry and funky, you can listen to the song courtesy of PopMatters HERE.
But Crawford has always been filled with pizzaz, as he has been gracing stages since age seven. “It is impossible to hear more than the first two minutes of Crawford without smiling and breaking into some serious foot tapping, there’s just no other way to describe it, unless, of course, you’re dead,” says Chuck Graham of the Tucson Citizen.
Influenced by his experiences growing up in Louisiana attending Baptist and Catholic churches, his godmother Roberta Flack and the many tight-knit musical circles of New Orleans that he fell into due to his preternatural talent Crawford has decided to bring the focus of this work to the experiences, emotions, and memories associated with Louisiana.
While My Gift To You celebrates the immeasurable experiences of Louisiana with songs like “Louisiana Sunday Afternoon” it reveals itself as a deeply personal account of Crawford’s unique experiences with originals like the celebratory “Creole Man” and the ballad “Until I See You In A While.” The album fittingly concludes with the gospel-tinged “Ode to Louisiana” an inspiring love letter that sums up the album in its opening line, “Louisiana, I love you.”
6.1 – Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Festival – Augusta, NJ – 3 pm
6.4 – Snug Harbor – New Orleans, LA – 8 pm
6.11 – Snug Harbor – New Orleans, LA – 10 pm
6.25 – Snug Harbor – New Orleans, LA – 10 pm
6.29 – Joe’s Pub – New York, NY – 9:30 pm