BY// TRACY GARRAUD
Lil Wayne isn’t the only young Black male artist spreading New Orleans love. Meet Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, the city’s other native son, who’s peddling a comparably smoking sound, “supafunkrock”— a fusion of funk, soul, rock and hip-hop genres.
As a tot, the musician, now 26, earned his nickname after an older brother saw him lugging a trombone twice his height. The heavy lifting paid off. Today, Andrews, along with his band, Orleans Avenue, are Grammy nominees, thanks to their album Backatown (2010). With a second release, For True, currently in tow, a killer performance of the national anthem at the 2012 NFL playoffs behind him and a crammed tour schedule, Andrews is on a mission to recharge NOLA’s feel-good glory days. We like the sound of that.
What’s next for “Trombone Shorty”
House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point, CA
Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA