George Porter, Jr.
Bassist extraordinaire George Porter, Jr. is a seminal part of THE legendary rhythm section of The Meters. Along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste, the group is renowned as innovators of R&B / Funk sound of New Orleans.
Few bass players are as storied as George Porter Jr. and the New Orleans native continues to work to push boundaries. During the course of a career spanning more then four decades, Porter has not only made a deep impression with his work in the Meters, but he’s notched session work with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, David Byrne, Patti LaBelle, Robbie Robertson, Tori Amos, Taj Mahal, Ryan Montbleau and live performances with Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Warren Haynes, John Scofield, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno (and including recent studio releases with Warren Haynes and Bill Kreutzmann).
Early in his career, Porter worked with seminal New Orleans artists like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, and Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers to only name a few. Porter is also the band leader of his own unique long term project the Runnin’ Pardners, well respected not only as a quintessential New Orleans band, the touring band continues to receive accolades on the jam band and festival scene. He has assembled some seasoned and talented musicians to join him on this project. Familiar Pardners – Brint Anderson (guitar) and, Michael Lemmler (keyboards) and rising stars on the New Orleans music scene Khris Royal (saxophone) and Terrence Houston (drums). George Porter Jr. plans to keep a smile on his face. “I feel like I am working towards something that will be remembered.”
George is available for all bookings scenarios. He performs solo (as leader or pocket dweller for SuperJams), with his band Runnin’ Pardners (4 piece or 5 piece) or as trio for unique events and situations.