Singer Aaron Neville's name is synonymous with New Orleans. As a member of the Neville family, he is one of the city's musical pioneers, whether it is performing with his brothers in the Neville Brothers or as a solo artist. New Orleans loves Aaron Neville. And he will always love his hometown.
But these days, he calls New York home.
"I live in Brooklyn," he said in an interview with the Sun Herald.
He said he's been in the New York borough for about 10 years now.
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"We lost our house when Hurricane Katrina hit, and we couldn't go back," he said. "There were a lot of people that couldn't go back."
Neville will be returning to the Gulf Coast for a homecoming show of sorts when he plays the Grand Ballroom at the Golden Nugget Casino at 8 Friday night.
"I'm looking forward to coming to Biloxi," he said. "We used to play the Coast all the time with the Neville Brothers -- Biloxi and Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. I've played a lot of shows in that area."
He had his first hit, "Over You" in 1960 but it was 1967's "Tell it Like Is" that set Neville on his path as it charted at No. 2 and sold more than a million copies. He hit the charts again in the late '80s and early '90s with "Everybody Plays the Fool," "Don't Take Away My Heaven" and "I Don't Know Much" with Linda Ronstadt.
In 2013, he released the album "My True Story" for the Blue Note label, which is now owned by producer/musician Don Was. It's a back-to-basics album of pop and doo-wop classics such as "Tears on My Pillow" and "Under the Boardwalk," produced by Was and Keith Richards.
"I love that album -- it was exactly what I wanted to do," he said.
He said the recording process was like working with "old friends."
"I've worked with Don Was quite a few times and I've toured with Keith and the Stones -- I did a little background thing on Keith's last album," he said. "It was cool, man. Everybody in the studio was like a bunch of kids. Keith said, 'All these musicians and instruments, it's like a bunch of kids.'"
He said he is recording an album in Brooklyn.
"It's just me and my poetry put to music," he said. "It's about Aaron, you know. I'm just doing my thing."