Pop & Rock

Grandpa's Sweet Debut

30 APR 10 DAVID VIENNA

Grandpa Elliott has been entertaining residents and visitors to New Orleans' French Quarter for six decades. His popularity exploded worldwide, however, as one of the stars of Playing For Change and the viral video of the multi-cultural group's rendition of "Stand By Me." Now, with the release of his Playing For Change Records solo debut Sugar Sweet, Grandpa Elliott brings the bluesy vocals that made him a hit in the French Quarter to global stage.

The members of Playing For Change, who've honed an airtight musical relationship, back Grandpa Elliott for the set of covers. Cuts like "This Little Light Of Mine (Medley)," "Sugar Is Sweet" and Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" draw upon the international influences of Playing For Change, offering island-infused versions rhythms and harmonies.

Other tracks remain steadfastly American in presentation. "Share Your Love With Me," made famous by Aretha Franklin, comes together as an old school R&B ballad. And for those of you who missed the Playing For Change tour, the charging blues romp "Fannie Mae (Live)" captures the raw energy of the show.

Inspired by his street performer background, many of the tracks on Sugar Sweet were recorded in one take. Each one showcases the emotion and power that took Grandpa Elliott from a street corner in New Orleans to cities all over the world.

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