Cover of The New Orleans Social Club CD features snapshots of the group's musicians in the studio.
Hear full-length cuts from the collaborative CD:
Hurricane Katrina took a savage toll on the musical heart and bayou culture of New Orleans. Now a handful of musicians who called The Big Easy home before the storm and its floods are trying to restore a bit of the city's musical heritage — along with their own lives.
So the New Orleans Social Club, a loose affiliation of famed musicians, has crafted a new CD filled with old and new songs: Sing Me Back Home.
Two members — Ivan Neville of the Neville Brothers and Leo Nocentelli of the Meters — are something akin to musical royalty in New Orleans. They talk about the New Orleans Social Club's collaborative spirit and [their own] hopes to resurrect the sound and soul of the city they love.