Ledisi is amongst the numerous NOLA natives who have lent their talents to director/producer Martin Shore‘s upcoming feature-length documentary Take Me To The River: New Orleans. The film, which centers and celebrates the rich musical history, legacy and culture of New Orleans and Louisiana, will hit select U.S. theaters beginning on Friday, April 22nd, with the soundtrack release following a week later on Friday, April 29th. The GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter/actress will be featured on both with a live recording of her funky jam “Knockin'” from her 2009 album Turn Me Loose.
For Ledisi’s “Knockin'” update for Take Me To The River: New Orleans she’s joined by fellow New Orleanians George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville and Ian Neville and Soulive and Lettuce singer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Krasno. The collective’s take on “Knockin'” keeps the blues and soul of her original song intact and kicks things up several notches with the live instrumentation.
Anyone who has seen Ledisi perform live in concert or on television knows that she does so effortlessly, and she belts notes with the greatest of ease for this new recording. We get to go inside the live recording session for “Knockin'” with the music video for the track, taken from footage recorded for the Take Me To The River: New Orleans doc. If you’ve ever wished you could sit in on a studio session with Ledisi to see her work her musical magic, watching this visual is the next best thing.
There will be much more to see and hear from not only Ledisi but PJ Morton, Snoop Dogg, Big Freedia, G-Eazy, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah and many more when Take Me To The River: New Orleans is released later this month.