‘Take Me To The River: New Orleans’ Soundtrack Features Irma Thomas, Neville Brothers, Galactic & More

Listen to Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Big Freedia and Galactic's "Act Like You Know" from the compilation.

By Scott Bernstein Jan 7, 2022 8:51 am PST

A soundtrack for the forthcoming documentary Take Me To The River: New Orleans features new recordings from Irma Thomas, The Neville Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Ani DiFranco, Dumpstaphunk and many others. Due out through Petaluma Records on April 1, the 26-song collection has been previewed with today’s release of lead single “Act Like You Know” featuring Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Big Freedia and Galactic.

Directed by Martin Shore, Take Me To The River: New Orleans explores the rich musical history of the Crescent City, the influence of New Orleans as well as The Big Easy’s culture and heritage. Shore previously examined Memphis’ musical influence in his 2014 documentary Take Me To The River. “Memphis told the American music story. New Orleans is a story of how World music was created,” stated Martin Shore regarding his next film.

Soul Rebels, Williams Bell, Ledisi, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Donald Harrison, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, George Porter Jr. and Eric Krasno are among other musicians who contributed to the Take Me To The River: New Orleans soundtrack. Additionally, the compilation includes new recordings from The Neville Brothers’ final performances and music from one of the late Dr. John’s last studio sessions. Take Me To The River: New Orleans will arrive in multiple formats, including on CD, digitally and via a deluxe vinyl set featuring 2 LPs and a 60-page book.

Listen to Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Big Freedia and Galactic’s “Act Like You Know” below:

Watch a trailer for Take Me To The River: New Orleans:

Take Me To The River: New Orleans Soundtrack Tracklist

CD 1

  1. Cyril Neville with Voices of the Wetlands – “In Love with My NOLA”
  2. Dee-1, Mannie Fresh, Big Freedia, Galactic – “Act Like You Know”
  3. The Neville Brothers with Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, and George Porter Jr. – “(Hey Mama) Wild Tchoupitoulas”
  4. Irma Thomas with Ledisi, featuring George Porter Jr., Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, and Ivan Neville – “I Wish Someone Would Care”
  5. Dr. John and Davell Crawford – “Jock-A-Mo”
  6. Soul Rebels featuring 5th Ward Weebie – “504 Enjoy Yourself”
  7. Cyril Neville with Dumpstaphunk – “Street Parade”
  8. PJ Morton featuring Cheeky Blakk and the New Breed Brass Band – “New Orleans Girl”
  9. Aaron Neville with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band – “Stompin Ground”
  10. Walter Wolfman Washington – “Funk is in the House”
  11. Snoop Dogg, G-Eazy, William Bell – “Yes We Can Can”
  12. Davell Crawford – “We Shall Gather at the River”
  13. 79rs – “Wrong Part of Town”
  14. New Orleans Drummers – “Lil Liza Jane” *

CD 2

  1. Anders Osborne – “Improvise” *
  2. Voices of the Wetlands with Cyril Neville – “Late in the Evening” *
  3. Ledisi with George Porter Jr, Ian Neville, and Ivan Neville – “Knockin” *
  4. Davell Crawford – “One More Time” *
  5. Ani DiFranco with Lost Bayou Ramblers and Roots of Music – “Little Plastic Castles” *
  6. Donald Harrison with the Tipitina’s Interns – “Donald’s Tune” *
  7. Dr. John – “Someone to Love” *
  8. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with Voices of the Wetlands – “Firewater”
  9. Donald Harrison and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – “Sand Castle Headhunters”
  10. Lost Bayou Ramblers with Ani DiFranco, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, and the Roots of Music – “Blue Moon Special”
  11. Donald Harrison and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah with the Tipitina’s Interns – “When the Saints Go Marching In”
  12. Irma Thomas with Cyril Neville, George Porter Jr., Ian Neville and Ivan Neville – “Carnival Time”
  13. (* Tracks not on LP version, but available via included download card)

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