The album’s latest single is its lone cover, a hypnotizing version of the Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place,” which fits like the final piece of a jigsaw puzzle. “It’s taken me years to understand that it’s all about the journey, it’s not about the finish line,” Ivan says. “Everything serves a purpose. We just have to pay attention. So I look for blessings everywhere.”
'Touch My Soul’ exudes an unmistakable New Orleans ambiance while breathing new life into Neville’s singular sound. As a standard bearer for the musical culture of New Orleans, Ivan takes his anointing as seriously as the swamp water that courses through his veins. From the ferocious funk he makes with his bandmates in the dynamic funk supergroup Dumpstaphunk to his high-profile gigs over the years with Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt, Ivan embodies the irrepressible spirit of New Orleans, holding the keys to the Crescent City at his fingertips. Whether summoning the barrelhouse mambo of Professor Longhair, the spidery intricacies of James Booker; or spooky, atmospheric chords like Dr. John; Ivan can riff like Sly Stone with catchy, melodic chord progressions; or throw intense, impulsive jabs when he jams with his musical kin in Dumpstaphunk.