Dave Jordan is a New Orleans based singer/songwriter/bassist and guitar player. Over the course of nearly 20 years and 3 bands, he has produced or co-produced 6 albums, played nearly 2000 shows nationwide and performed or recorded with some of the most esteemed musicians in New Orleans and across the country; including recording with Art Neville, Anders Osborne, Joe Krown, Bill Summers and more; and performances with such bands as the Meters, Little Feat, Widespread Panic, Bob Weir’s RatDog, Los Lobos and many more. His work as founder and frontman of the long running funk/roots band, Juice, landed the band a Best of the Beat award for “Best Emerging Funk/Soul/R&B Band” and nominations for “Best Roots Rock Band” and “Best Roots Rock Album” for 2000’s Anders Osborne produced, All Lit Up. His song“Biggest Little Shrimp In Town”- the title track of an award winning short film- was re-recorded by Art Neville and the Beverly Hills Short Film Festival created an award for Best Song to recognize their collaboration. His most recent work, as a solo artist, has quickly become one of the most talked about roots rock acts in New Orleans and his critically acclaimed solo debut, These Old Boots, was named a Top 10 Local Release of 2010 by the Times Picayune and nola.com.
“Sublime”- Keith Spera, Times Picayune
“Jordan can clearly rock with the best as evidenced by his work with Juice. Yet, his songs in this stripped down, acoustic format show an inner strength and awareness of the foibles of the human condition….recalls some of the best classic music from the 1970’s particularly Gram Parsons and the Band.”- Jay Mazza, the Vinyl District Blog
“Not every New Orleans record needs to be a party record, however, and, for some of those introspective and meaningful moments Jordan has written a great soundtrack.”- David Kunian, Gambit Weekly
After the release of These Old Boots, and without a band, Jordan started a two year, weekly gig at his neighborhood, corner bar, the Banks Street Bar. A rotating group of some of the best roots rock, funk, country and blues musicians in New Orleans would sit in, eventually leading to the formation of his current band, the Neighborhood Improvement Association. Described as "Southern roots rock with Louisiana soul', in just over 3 years the NIA has done multiple performances at the world famous Tipitina’s; a monthly residency at the equally esteemed Maple Leaf Bar; San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room; French Quarter Festival; LA Seafood Festival; multiple performances at Tab Benoit's Voice of the Wetlands Festival; headlined at New Orleans' esteemed Wednesday At The Square series; the New Orleans Museum of Art; Ogden Museum of Southern Art; as well as regular gigs at such stalwart New Orleans clubs DBA, the Rusty Nail, Le Bon Temps Roule, Rivershack Tavern and many more. Dave has also spent considerable time touring the Gulf Coast, including the Pensacola Beach Songwriter's Festival, as wells branching out as far as New Mexico and Colorado and Washington, DC and New York. The band has shared the bill with Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars and Black Crowes), funk pioneer Bernie Worrell, Anders Osborne, drivin n cryin, Honey Island Swamp Band, New Orleans Suspects, Raw Oyster Cult and more.
"...a polished, hook heavy gem that encompasses all of the things that make Jordan's music so damn good. It is mellow and heartfelt, road-worn and earnest..."-Hittin' The Note
"...like a rustic, Cajun Paul Westerberg, mixed with a Springsteenian sense of wordplay." -offBeat Magazine
"Jordan's quietly desperate landscapes come off as deceptively offhand The Basement Tapes or what the Stones used to do to country." -offBeat Magazine
"...runs the gamut of southern roots sounds, most played with rock's edge and a luxurious lack of urgency." -My Spilt Milk Blog
In April 2013, Dave released Bring Back Red Raspberry- his first with the NIA- further blurring the lines of the rootsy Americana of These Old Boots, and the organic, greasy New Orleans funk he plied for 15 years with Juice. Every record has a story and Bring Back Red Raspberry is no exception. Consisting of 12 original songs- all written or co-written by Jordan- it shows Jordan’s transformation from funk bass player, to acoustic songsmith, to his rock and roll roots. Recorded at New Orleans Oak Street Studios, it comes across as a sort of Dr. John meets Tom Petty meets John Prine affair. It has been featured in multiple local, regional and national publications, including NPR; as well as various television, radio and internet media sites.
After many fits, starts and delays with funding, Jordan turned to kickstarter and raised over $12,000 to complete the album. The support from his national fanbase, but particularly his friends and fans in south Louisiana was tremendous, as only 20% of kickstarter music projects with that level of funding goals are successful.
“I think I like the way that dude sings.”- the great Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown