Had an interview on Insanity Radio – the community FM radio station in Egham & Surrey, originally the student station for Royal Holloway, University of London. I was very happy to be on the show – these guys really know their Green Onions! Check it out – the interview starts around 1:12:07.
Check out this great article on Bill Withers, from Rolling Stone.
“He’s the last African-American Everyman”
Bill got his first break at 32, and used to sing his own songs to himself over and over whilst working on air planes in the Navy in order to remember them in lieu of a pen and paper.
Such a humble, soulful cat – and despite watching The Big Bang Theory (I’ll forgive you, Bill!) he seems to still be on the level. Shows that great songs can outlast bad experiences in the music biz.
You should also check out the excellent documentary Still Bill – the Bill Withers Story that came out in 2008 on the BBC.
How do you give a duck Soul?
Stick it in the oven ’till its Bill Withers!
An extended version of the weekly post for SoundsLikeHoney – the Allstar Sonics music blog. Check it out for a tasty selection of tunes every day!
What’s good, people? Wilsoni Tha’ Funk Masta here, bringing an injection for the Funk Junkies:
So on Wednesday, I got a little note from Prince…
Not personal, obviously. Rather curiously, P seems to have done a little backroom deal with LiveNation – as I got an e-mail through my inbox to this effect:
Sorry 2 bother U.
Just wanted 2 send U this baby picture of Judith Hill with Her 1st piano.
Loox like her parents, who r also musicians- had a plan.
Well, that plan succeeded.
This is Judith Hill’s debut album BACK IN TIME.
Please spend some time with this music and then share it with someone U love.
The story goes, despite being featured on the US version of The Voice, it was an interview on a European TV show that drove Prince to track Judith down and offer up his skills in production, songwriting and general spotlight-shining.
Whilst an accomplished artist in her own right – providing BVs for the likes of MJ, Stevie and Elton John (featuring on the recent documentary 20 Feet from Stardom), this record will certainly help in giving Judith the exposure she deserves.
I’m pimping the lead track “As Trains Go By” mainly for that rude synth bass, but I recommend “Wild Tonight” and “My People” for ridiculous NPG grooving, or “Cry, Cry, Cry” if you’re on a more old-skool R&B ballad tip.
It’s certainly put a smile on my face!