George Porter, Jr Debuted New Music Video to Reflect Social Justice
Jul 15 2021

George Porter, Jr Debuted New Music Video to Reflect Social Justice

By: Gigi Halpern

Most of America has been disturbed by the social unrest unleashed across the country in the past year, particularly New Orleans's own George Porter, Jr. Best known as an original member of The Meters and recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Porter has released a new music video called "Crying For Hope" highlighting the title track of his first studio album since 2015. The recent social climate and racial tensions in the United States inspired him to create "Crying For Hope."

Porter stated, "I wrote the song from my own pain and experience watching the events of last summer. I really just wanted to be able to feel hopeful for the future. I think the video captures both feelings of the song, the seriousness of the issue, and that feeling of hope and change we all wish for." The music video for "Crying For Hope" premiered through Billboard, which described the album as "a powerful anthem that combines the signature sound of Porter's iconic funk group The Meters with a message of resistance and urgency for 2021."

In support of this new album, Porter, along with his long-term band project called the Runnin' Pardners, will perform at the 2021 return of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival this October. In addition to his weekly Monday performances at the Maple Leaf Bar, Porter will be touring this month from July 8 to July 19. His performances will take place in Charleston, South Carolina; Asheville and Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Baltimore, Maryland; Port Chester, New York; New York City; and Redding, Connecticut.

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