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Aaron Neville Performs “Be Your Man” On “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert”

August 4, 2016

New York, NY – (August 4, 2016) – American music legend Aaron Neville performs his hit single “Be Your Man” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Watch his performance here: [INSERT LINK]. The track appears on Neville’s new album, Apache, out now via Tell It Records and Kobalt Label Services. The album celebrates Neville’s 75th birthday, while 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of his first number one single, “Tell It Like It Is.” The album, which debuted as an NPR First Listen, continues to receive critical acclaim:

“…that voice, which still floats up to one of the most sublime falsettos in pop history, remains supple and strong.”—Rolling Stone

“It’s that blend of unforced sweetness, honesty and melodic sensibility that still makes his music so believable after a career spanning more than five decades.”—NPR Music

“Aaron Neville picks up the pace and delves into songwriting on Apache, a lively album meshing New Orleans R&B with Brooklyn funk.”—Associated Press

“Those who believe the singer’s best work is behind him will rethink that after one spin of the impressive Apache, an album—significantly the first on his own label– that ranks with the finest in Neville’s storied career.”—American Songwriter

“Like a gentle rain, his voice soothingly cleanses the air.”—PopMatters

“Aaron Neville brings the sweetness—and the funk—on Apache.”—Press Telegram

“His new music sets his beautifully soulful sound in grittier surroundings, backed by a rugged band that includes members of the Dap-Kings and production by Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno.”—Creative Loafing

“As a whole, it’s a rowdier, grittier showcase of the great vocalist’s skill than anything he’s previously issued solo.”—All Music

“Aaron Neville has one of the most angelic voices from New Orleans or anywhere else.”­
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Additionally, Neville’s 75th Birthday Concert scheduled to take place at the Apollo Theater, has been moved to Brooklyn Bowl—with special guests Dr. John, Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Dumpstaphunk, George Porter Jr. and Runnin’ Partners—on August 4. Tickets for the original event will be refunded at point of purchase. Tickets for the new event at Brooklyn Bowl can be purchased at

Most recently, Neville’s track “Stompin’ Ground,” premiered on Billboard while “I Wanna Love You” premiered on NPR Music, who says, “…he projects both a younger man’s candor and an elder’s willingness to look back.” Additionally, the lead single off the record, “Be Your Man,” premiered at The Wall Street Journal. Listen here:

Apache features eleven original tracks and is the first album featuring songs predominantly written by Neville. The record was recorded at Studio G in Brooklyn and produced by multiple Grammy-winning artist and producer Krasno. Of the album Neville says, “It brought out another side of me; people were used to me doing a lot of ballads, but this is more gritty, and some of it has the New Orleans feel.” He adds, “One song talks about my roots, ‘Stompin’ Ground.’ It names a lot of real people that were in my life at different points in time. Another one, ‘Orchid In The Storm,’ was inspired by my wife Sarah; she’s been my orchid in a storm, and still is. Another song is ‘Heaven,’ from a poem I wrote a while back. My inspirations come from real things in life and I have many more where these came from.”

In addition, Neville and Krasno brought in elite musicians such as David Guy (Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsMenahan Street Band), Cochemea Gastelum (Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsThe Budos Band), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce, Soulive) and Eric Bloom (Lettuce) who contribute on the horn section throughout.

In January 2013, Neville released My True Story, which was co-produced by Blue Note Records president Don Was and Rolling Stone Keith Richards. The record earned Neville his first Top 10 album and highest-charting set of his five-decade career (No. 7 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart). Of the album, People says, “if ever there was an album that Aaron Neville was born to make, it’s this collection of doo-wop classics,” while Rolling Stone proclaimed, “Welcome back to the sweetest falsetto in human history” and called Neville “a true soul master at work.”

Aaron Neville first rose to national prominence when his song “Tell It Like It Is” topped Billboard’s R&B chart for five weeks in 1967 and quickly sold over one million copies. Neville again reached the top of the charts in 1989 with his album of duets with Linda Ronstadt, Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. The album featured the #1 Grammy-winning hits “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life.” Neville earned wide acclaim for his hits “Everybody Plays the Fool,” “Don’t Take Away My Heaven” and “Hercules,” among many others.


  1. Be Your Man
  2. All Of The Above
  3. Orchid In The Storm
  4. Stompin’ Ground
  5. Heaven
  6. Hard To Believe
  7. Ain’t Gonna Judge You
  8. I Wanna Love You
  9. Sarah Ann
  10. Make Your Momma Cry
  11. Fragile World

August 4—Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Bowl—75th Birthday Concert Celebrating 50th Anniversary of “Tell It Like It Is”
August 6—Atlantic City, NJ—Golden Nugget
August 13—Arlington, WA—Festival Of The River
September 16—Cincinnati, OH—Live at Ludlow Garage
September 23—Durham, NC—Baldwin Auditorium

September 24—Wilmington, NC—CFCC Humanities & Fine Arts Center

October 7—Brownfield, ME—Stone Mountain Arts
October 8—Lincolnville, ME—Cellardoor Winery
October 22—Lake Tahoe, NV—MontBleu Resort & Casino
November 11—Austin, TX—Paramount Theatre

November 12––Spring, TX––Cypress Creek FACE
December 3—Bossier City, LA—Paradise Theatre
December 9—Baton Rouge, LA—L’Auberge Casino
December 10—Rancho Cucamonga, CA—Lewis Family Playhouse
December 11—Orange, CA—Musco Center
December 13—Redding, CA—Cascade Theatre

December 15 & 16—San Francisco, CA—SFJazz Center
December 17—Santa Rosa, CA—Luther Burbank Center


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