Allen Toussaint: “I never thought of being a performer, never”

Allen Toussaint looks back over his incredible career in the new issue of Uncut, dated July 2014 and out now.

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Allen Toussaint looks back over his incredible career in the new issue of Uncut, dated July 2014 and out now.

The New Orleans songwriter and performer discusses working with artists including Ernie K-Doe, Irma Thomas, Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Frankie Miller, The Band, Little Feat and Labelle.

Toussaint also talks about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on his beloved city, and his lack of ambition as far as performing under his own name.

“I never thought of being a performer,” he explains. “Never. I only recorded myself by request from companies.

“But my comfort zone is behind the scene. People out front, I expect them to live and breathe that, like I live and breathe what I do. I do this, you do that. That’s what I believe.”

The new Uncut, dated July 2014, is out now.


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