Episode 3 with George Porter Jr. (The Meters) 

My guest today is Mr. George Porter Jr. George is best known for being the bassist for the “architects of funk” - The Meters, the funkiest band to ever come out of New Orleans and, for that matter, anywhere. His basslines get under your skin and won’t let go. Along with Zigaboo Modeliste on drums, Art Neville on keys and Leo Nocentelli on guitar, The Meters invented a type of funk that has been widely copied (and sampled) for many years now. 

The day this interview took place I was back in New Orleans recording on a couple of projects, and we just happened to be on one session together. I’ve known George for years and I mentioned how I started this podcast and wanted to interview him while I was in town for a few days. Knowing I was short on time, George graciously suggested that we do it that night after the session. 

In the interview I ask George about his influences, what he looks for in a drummer, trivial questions on various Meters folklore, why Paul McCartney said George was his favorite bass player, Allen Toussaint sessions, the proper way to play “Cissy Strut”, unison guitar/bass lines,etc…OH…and we play a lot of stuff together. Hope you enjoy. 

Recorded at the Parlor Studio, New Orleans, LA - Feb 2016.

On a session-
L to R- Shane Theriot (guitar), George Porter Jr. (bass), Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and Sonny Landreth (slide guitar)

7 comments

  • Charles

    Charles Colorado

    wow! great show --> looking forward to more! I really dig the format of mixing convo with recordings and noodling around. So cool to hear Mr Porter's stories and licks. Thanks!

    wow! great show --> looking forward to more! I really dig the format of mixing convo with recordings and noodling around. So cool to hear Mr Porter's stories and licks. Thanks!

  • Scott Casey

    Scott Casey NOLA

    Hey Shane! This was great! You lived out one of my musical fantasies, playing with GP Jr! Great questions too!

    Hey Shane! This was great! You lived out one of my musical fantasies, playing with GP Jr! Great questions too!

  • Jeff Cox

    Jeff Cox Nashville, TN

    Shane Theriot, one of the baddest on the planet! Hey man - miss seeing you. What a great interview - thanks for making this stuff available. Much love.

    Shane Theriot, one of the baddest on the planet! Hey man - miss seeing you.

    What a great interview - thanks for making this stuff available. Much love.

  • Denise

    Denise New Orleans

    Was wondering where you got off to .. Apparently Darryls House and getting In It with some groovy people !! Happy happy for you and all your listeners .. Groovy stuff !!

    Was wondering where you got off to .. Apparently Darryls House and getting In It with some groovy people !! Happy happy for you and all your listeners .. Groovy stuff !!

  • Lori

    Lori dickinson

    Thanks better than good stuff. Happy to say you have been funktified. You are a great artist

    Thanks better than good stuff. Happy to say you have been funktified. You are a great artist

  • Will Jensen

    Will Jensen MInneapolis

    Thank you for this!

    Thank you for this!

  • M. Fisher

    M. Fisher Slidell

    Well done, Shane. Good stuff, mate!

    Well done, Shane. Good stuff, mate!

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