Andre comes home to Detroit as part of the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue and will perform "Bacon Fat."
Here's the skinny, and check out that powerhouse line up!
Detroit’s native son, multiple Grammy winner and co-founder of Was (Not Was), Don Was, is your master of ceremonies for a series of performances by classic and contemporary Detroit acts. Was is a master collaborator, best known for producing mega-watt musicians including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson and Bonnie Raitt. Was also took home the 1995 Grammy for Producer of the Year. Guaranteed to thrill!
These performances are recorded for a series of music videos on the Don Was Cavalcade of Recorded Music (2008 and 2009 Revue videos still reside there). This third edition of the Detroit All-Star Revue features:
Dennis Coffey (the guitarist from Motown's house band and on Andre's recent album That's All I Need
Doop & The Inside Outlaws
Electric Lion Sound Wave Experiment
Motor City Horns
The Satin Peaches
SRC Gary Quackenbush
Sun Messengers (30th anniversary this year!)
All-Star Revue House Band:
Don Was, bass
Luis Resto, keyboard
Terry” Thunder” Hughley, drums
Brian “Roscoe” White, guitar
Usually the glossy industry rags are full of ladder-climbing execs posing with Grammy winning artists, or some hard-hitting "newsy" pieces about some rap-rocker saving some puppies or something. Lots of insider back-slapping that the regular Joe never sees (nor would want to).
Nommmmm, bacon. The salty, smokey cured strips of swine has gained somewhat of hipster devotion amongst foodies. Even our own radio guy, Joe Swank, has a pro-pork proclamation hanging above his desk ("Praise the Lard," it says). So it comes as no surprise that one of the States' most famous delis, Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, hosts a weekend party that bows before bacon. And who else to invite to perform at Camp Bacon but no other than the man who penned the R&B hit "Bacon Fat," Mr Rhythm himself, Andre Williams? The organizers of Camp Bacon recently rang up Andre to chat a bit—you can read the interview here. And if you're in the Ann Arbor area next weekend, be sure to check out 'Dre's performance on June 18.
We love us the independent record shops around the country.
-Albums on the Hill (Boulder CO)
-CD Cellar (Anniston, AL)
-Dusty Groove (Chicago)
-Flat Black & Circular (Lansing MI)
-Horizon Records (Greenville SC)
-Shake It (Cincinnati)
-Laurie's Planet of Sound (Chicago)
-Rainbow (Newark, DE)
-Vintage Vinyl (STL)
-Strictly Discs (Madison)
-Reckless (Chicago- all 3 stores)
-Rock-A-Billy's (Utica, MI)
Check out this interview in the Village Voice with Mr Rhythm as he talks about his wild new book "Sweets" in preparation for the readings he is doing with super famous music crit Nick Tosches at St Mark's Church.
Read all about it HERE.
As some of us get ready to run out the door and head to Boston for our 15th Anniversary Shindig at the Middle East, here are some nifty goings on:
- Andre Williams recently recorded a new album for us in the Motor City with Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats, Nathanial Mayer) at the controls. Sitting in with them was Motown guitar legend Dennis Coffey. Read about Dennis and the recording in the Detroit Metro Times here.
- Scott H. Biram played the Off Broadway in St Louis earlier in the month, and Lo-Fi STL was there to capture it on video. Check Scott out in all his feral glory here
- Wayne Hancock submitted himself to some vigorous questioning by our buddies at PopMatters.com. Want to know what movie makes Wayne cry? His favorite albums? Can he rap? Looky here for answers.
- The Chicago/Hideout Party is shaping up with the addition of the Drunken Spelling Bee and Belt Sander Races. Also, we are so happy to have a reunion show by Moonshine Willy. Here's an interview with singer/guitarist Kim Docter on the Beechwood Reporter
Now, time to get some fresh scallops....
See you this week in Boston, and next week in Philly. Where should I go for cheesesteaks and lobster rolls?
Last week, Andre went back to Detroit, hooked up with stellar players and got back to his roots. With a band featuring producer Matt Smith (Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats, Nathanial Mayer, legendary Motown session guitarist Dennis Coffey and members of Electric Six, The Dirtbombs and Miss Alex White), his new disc is a low down bluesy, funky monster in the vein of early P-Funk. Man.
Mr Rhythm came by the offices the other day in an eye-popping purple suit and played it for us. Look for a release in 2010.
Read about the sessions here.