funky METERS

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, US
Artist / Band / Musician
Funk / Rock / Afro-beat
Too Funky Records
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After twelve years and ten studio albums, The Meters disbanded in 1979 due to business problems.

The Meters have maintained an avid following of fans and other artists, and their music has been sampled by musicians around the world, including rap artists Heavy D, LL Cool J, and Queen Latifah. The Red Hot Chili Peppers pay homage to them in one of their hit songs, and bands such as the Grateful Dead, KVHW, Steve Kimock Band, Widespread Panic, Rebirth Brass Band and String Cheese Incident often played their music.

Musically, the next decade took the band members in different directions. Art Neville and Cyril Neville pioneered the internationally successful Neville Brothers, while Zigaboo Modeliste drummed for Keith Richards and Ron Wood on the New Barbarians Tour. George Porter, Jr. founded his first band, Joy Ride, and in 1990 recorded his first solo CD Runnin' Pardners for Rounder Records. George worked in the studio and toured with David Byrne, recorded with Robbie Robertson, and played on Harry Connick Jr.'s first funk/soul CD "She". In addition, George performed on three back-to-back Platinum CD's with Tori Amos. He has also released four CD's with his own with Runnin' Pardners.

The Meters reformed after an informal jam during the 1989 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They were so pleased with their sound that they decided to regroup, but with a few changes. Joseph (Zigaboo) Modeliste was replaced by David Russell Batiste, Jr. on drums, a young, energetic drummer with his own distinct sound. Russell has recorded with Allan Toussaint, Robbie Robertson, Harry Connick, Jr.; performed on the last two Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indians' CD's and two unlicensed CD's of The Funky Meters featuring the JB Horns, recorded live in Switzerland (without Art Neville); and played on two CD's with Porter's band Runnin' Pardners.

Also, with the departure of Leo Nocentelli in 1994, the Funky METERS welcomed old friend Brian Stoltz into the fold as guitarist. Stoltz, for close to a decade, was the guitarist for The Neville Brothers during the 80's. The 90's brought Brian to play and record with artists Bob Dylan, Edie Brickell, Dr. John and Linda Ronstadt, to name a few. Stoltz says "To be home playing with old friends and playing the music I always thought was the best thing to ever come out of New Orleans is for me the most exciting experience of all".

After the change in personnel came the change in name. In 1994, they were officially christened funky METERS. The band thought it only logical to put "funky" next to the word it best defines - Meters! The spirit and energy of the group is at its highest peak since the mid-seventies, and the enthusiasm of the fans continues to grow stronger with each performance.
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