Montbleau stirs up some soul
New Orleans collaboration creates new music for Lawrence singer
“For Higher,” the new album by Ryan Montbleau, led the local singer-songwriter to New Orleans for an unlikely detour into Southern-style soul. It was an all-star collaboration, starting with producer Ben Ellman, who’s known for his work as a member of the New Orleans funk-jazz band Galactic. Ellman enlisted a supporting cast of noted local players, including The Meters’ George Porter Jr. on bass, Ivan Neville on keys, Anders Osborne on guitar, and Simon Lott on drums.