Personnel: Aaron Neville (vocals); Aaron Neville; Heitor Teixeira Pereira (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Ray Parker, Jr. (electric guitar, background vocals); Dan Higgins, David Woodford (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Neil Larsen (piano, electric piano, organ); Joe Sample (piano, electric piano); James Gadson (drums, background vocals); Jack Ashford (tambourine); Lenny Castro (percussion); Rosa Lee Hawkins, Fred White , Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington , Athelgra Neville, Barbara Anne Hawkins, Jason Neville, Lamont VanHook, Arnold McCuller (background vocals); Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan (vocals); David Sanborn (saxophone); Chris Botti (trumpet); Art Neville (organ).
Audio Mixer: Rik Pekkonen.
Liner Note Author: David Ritz.
Recording information: C.R.C. Studios, Chicago, IL; Hiatus Studios, New York, NY; Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA; Paragon Studios, Franklin, TN; Piety Street Recording, New Orleans, LA.
Photographer: Danny Clinch.
Arrangers: Stewart Levine; Neil Larsen.
After a tragedy as epic as Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Gulf Coast residents must crave the familiar, comfortable, and hopeful. Aaron Neville--himself a born and bred New Orleans resident for six decades--found his own coping method by singing soul classics. Here, his trademark vocal subtlety brings new heartbreak, emotionality, and tenderness to these tried-and-true soul hits. The album includes duets with Mavis Staples, Chaka Kahn, and his brother Art Neville.