Listen to this track, a slab of vintage New Orleans funk by R&B architects and tight-grooved instrumental soul pioneers The Meters. It’s the classic “Cissy Strut” as taken from the band’s debut 1969 self-titled record, The Meters, overseen production-wise by Allen Toussaint. The tune was a minor hit, gaining in stature over the years as a textbook example of southern funk, laying down an interlocked groove underneath effervescent guitar and organ.
In some ways, the Meters were not unlike Booker T. & The MGs, in that they were relied upon as a label house band. The label in question was Allen Toussaint’s Sansu records. The band would work with a number of luminaries on the New Orleans scene, including Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, Earl King, Betty Harris, and others, including Allen Toussaint who would of course enjoy a solo career himself.
But, like the MGs, The Meters’ undeniable sound as an almost psychically-linked R&B unit would help them to rise above simple backing band status and into the R&B stratosphere. Well, at least this would be true critically speaking, if not in terms of fame outside of musician’s circles. Read more