George Porter Jr. Debuts Video for Social Justice Anthem via Billboard

Article Contributed by Margaret Willard | Published on Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-Winner and original member of The Meters George Porter Jr. has released his compelling music video for “Crying For Hope," the title track of his recent studio album. The video's dynamic, contemplative visuals evoke the complexities of the song’s call to action. It premiered exclusively via Billboard, who praised the track, calling it, "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."

Porter says of the social justice anthem: “‘Crying For Hope’ was inspired by the continued racial tension in our country. 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.”

Crying For Hope was Porter’s first studio release since 2015 with his longtime touring project the Runnin’ Pardners, which now features Porter on bass, Michael Lemmler on keys, Chris Adkins on guitar and Terrence Houston on drums. Released in March 2021 via Controlled Substance Sound Labs/Color Red, the album showcases a mix of unreleased Pardners tunes, robust new anthems and purely instrumental funk. The band collaborated remotely during the pandemic to re-record and mix the album’s 12 songs, culminating in Porter & the Runnin Pardners’ most compelling release to date.

George Porter Jr & Runnin’ Pardners will perform in support of the new album at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival’s triumphant 2021 return in October. In addition to his weekly hometown shows at the Maple Leaf Bar every Monday, Porter will perform several additional tour dates this month:

July 2021 Tour Dates

July 8 - Charleston, SC - Charleston Pour House

July 9 - Asheville, NC - Salvage Station

July 10 - Winston-Salem, NC - A Marvelous Affair @ Rootdown

July 11 - Baltimore, MD - Mother's Federal Hill Grille

July 14-17 - Port Chester, NY - Garcia's at the Capitol Theatre

July 18 - New York, NY - The Stand (Upstairs)

July 19 - Redding, CT - Milestone