With his core rhythm section Darryl White (drums, formerly w/ Tab Benoit and Chris Thomas King), Chris Chew (bass, North Mississippi Allstars), Joe Krown (B3/piano, formerly late Gatemouth Brown), and special guests Chubby Carrier (Grammy-winning zydeco accordionist), Chris Thomas King (lap slide guitar, Grammy “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”), Shamarr Allen (trumpet), Gordon Minette (piano) and Elaine and Lisa Foster on backing vocals. Novelli’s debut CD hit the blues/roots charts within a month of release and gathered widespread critical acclaim. His originals, with a few selected covers, made a journey through Louisiana-American roots-blues music. Guests include Dr. John, Paul Barrere, Augie Meyers, the late Gatemouth Brown’s rhythm section, and top Lousiana musicians.
The CD includes an historical Tribute To Slim Harpo, with members of Harpo’s band (James Johnson, Rudy Richard) and rare interviews. Novelli started violin at age 6, picked up guitar at 14 after hearing a BB King record. The intensity, passion and raw emotional content of the blues masters (black/white, north/south) stuck in his ear and that drives him to this day. He likes to combine this feel with harmonic ideas of jazz, the relentless groove of zydeco, and just about any cool and unusual style of music or rhythm that fits. Early influences, along with B.B., were George Barnes, James Burton, Clarence White, Freddie King, Mike Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, James Johnson (Slim Harpo), Guitar Slim, early Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins and more. Novelli was strongly influenced by some of the iconic jazz horn players.
From a young age, Novelli listened to and learned blues and R&B from Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Texas. Growing up, Novelli played in Syracuse, NY rock, blues and country bands. He hung out, jammed and gigged at the legendary underground Jabberwocky (hosted artists from Townes Van Zandt to Bonnie Raitt, Traffic to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jackson Browne to James Brown!). Some years back, after his band opened for Buckwheat Zydeco, Novelli travelled to SW Louisiana, absorbing more zydeco and cajun influences, sharing stages and jamming with many legends such as the late “King of Zydeco” Roy Carrier. This led to a work with Louisiana accordionist Sammy Naquin over several years, touring with Sammy and also Cajun fiddle-guitar virtuoso Al Berard. Novelli has shared stages and/or studios with some of the “who’s who” of blues, rock, R&B and roots music, including Dr. John, Sammy Kershaw, Grammy-winning zydeco accordionist Chubby Carrier, Olivier Scoazec, guitar (Zachary Richard, Buckwheat Zydeco); Greg "Fingers" Taylor (Jimmy Buffett); Smoky Greenwell (harp/sax, formerly WAR); New Orleans R&B guitar legend Irving Bannister; band members of the late R&B legends Ernie K.
Doe and Eddie Bo; numerous New Orleans musical icons, and many, many more. Novelli has collaborated and co-written songs with several Grammy-winning artists and songwriters. Novelli performs around New Orleans and tours extensively in the USA and abroad. He also performs solo guitar, does session work, composes music and guests with numerous other bands and performers. Read more on Last.fm.
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