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Montbleau stirs up some soul

New Orleans collaboration creates new music for Lawrence singer

Ryan Montbleau, known for his funk and R&B repertoire which he tours regularly, performing recently with his band at Showcase Live in Foxborough. Ryan Montbleau, known for his funk and R&B repertoire which he tours regularly, performing recently with his band at Showcase Live in Foxborough. (PHOTOS BY ROSE LINCOLN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)
By James Reed
Globe Staff / May 25, 2012
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“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.

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RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND

At the Met in Pawtucket, R.I.,

on June 1, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15.

401-729-1005, www.themetri.com.

Also at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet on June 15, 10 p.m. Tickets: $20. 508-349-6055, www.thebeachcomber.com