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Andre Williams  Hoods & Shades (2012)

 Andre Williams — Hoods & Shades (2012)

Andre Williams — Hoods & Shades
Born: November 1, 1936
Location: Bessemer, Alabama ~ Chicago, Illinois, USA
Album release: February 28th, 2012
Record Label: Bloodshot Records / Pravda Records
¤  New release by Andre Williams called Hoods and Shades. The release consists of 9 tracks teaming up with Matt Smith and with Dennis Coffey on guitar. Andre ventures into a folk/rock/psychedelic/ R&B zone. Other guests include Jim White (Dirty Three, Cat Power), Greasy Carlisi (Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding), Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) and Don Was. The first song, Dirt, is a straight forward uptempo blues track. It is followed up by A Good Day To Feel Bad, which is a rhythm track with spoken word and tasty guitar riffs played behind. I’ve Got Money On My Mind is an interpretation on Snoop with a little James Brown and jazz flavor. Hoods and Shades (the title track) again more of spoken word over a rhythmic background is interesting and has cool guitar soloing throughout. Jawdropper is back to a basic boogie. Andre uses his singing style but really is again more of a talking voice. It is a nice contrast to what I am accustomed to. Again a cool guitar riff. Hu-Matic Man, a more swampy blues tune, has nice guitar riffs and moves along at a shuffle beat. Mojo Hannah is a real swampy song almost like a Dr John Voodoo song from Lousiana. Swamp Dog’s Hot Spot is a pretty cool story song again with a mystic kind of aura again with some laid back undertones. The last track, Gimme, is a bit more uptempo but again consistent with the balance of the recording.
Tracklist:
1.) Dirt    3:13
2.) A Good Day To Feel Bad    4:18
3.) I've Got Money On My Mind    3:33
4.) Hoods And Shades    6:36
5.) Jaw Dropper    2:05
6.) Hu-Matic Man    3:13
7.) Mojo Hannah    4:18
8.) Swamp Dogg's Hot Spot    6:15
9.) Gimme    3:17Bloodshot Records
From biography (excerpts): Throughout the 1980s, Andre Williams was in poverty because of his drug addictions. He lived in Chicago, Illinois; at one point, he was homeless and begging for money on a Chicago bridge.
Selective discography:
1960: Jail Bait
1986: Bacon Fat
1990: Directly from the Streets
1994: Mr. Rhythm Is Back
1996: Mr. Rhythm
1996: Greasy
1998: Silky
1999: Red Dirt
2000: The Black Godfather
2000: Fat Back & Corn Liquor
2001: Bait & Switch
2003: Holland Shuffle (Live)
2006: Aphrodisiac (with The Diplomats of Solid Sound)
2008: Can You Deal with It? (with The New Orleans Hellhounds)
2010: That's All I Need
2012: Hoods and Shades
Full discography: http://www.grunnenrocks.nl/index.html?bands/w/williams.htm
In The Red Records: http://www.intheredrecords.com/pages/andre.html
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/68691228
Press:
¤  "Hoods and Shades saunters like a millionaire pimp. The sounds are sexy and seductive, but it’s not sleazy like 1998's over the top Silky. Andre’s not trying to pick up ladies in this album, he doesn’t need to, they’ll come to him. Hoods and Shades is the most attractive person in the room and it knows it. Andre Williams is at the peak of his 50+ year career."  -- Motorcityrocks.com
¤  "These are raw bluesy street poems... the record has more of a vibe of a prison toast field recording than a slick studio production. But that’s a deception, as the spare music on here is spectacular, wonderfully supporting a six-minute jail-to-juke joint epic about Swamp Dogg."   - Roctober
¤  "The band he has put together... is incredible, and the tunes are as fun as they are raw. The real gem, of course, is Williams’ smooth voice. Nobody else could sing a song called “Swamp Dogg’s Hot Spot” and make it sound this cool... It’s a beauty too, like the soundtrack to the greatest blaxploitation movie, set in Detroit." – Detroit Metro Times
Description:
¤  Limited Edition LP of 1000 includes digital download copy of the album
As the story goes: during the summer of 2010, Andre was invited to appear at Don Was’ Concert of Colors in Detroit alongside Mavis Staples and a diverse roster of world, classical, and pop/rock acts. Ever the one to seize an opportunity, Andre both brought down the house at the Concert and got together with his “Detroit boys” the next day to record, as he called it, “the Andre Williams folk album.”
¤  Hoods and Shades is the result, nine songs created by music roadmen led by THE music roadman. Making contributions are: renowned Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was on upright bass, Motown legend/Funk Brother Dennis Coffey on acoustic and electric guitars, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, Greasy Carlisi (Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding) and Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) on electric bass, and longtime producer Matthew Smith (Nathaniel Mayer, Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats).
¤  The album plays out like an afternoon hangout among music peers, speaking of experiences through their instruments, dynamic stylings, and overall touch.
¤  Leading the charge is Andre, equal parts weathered hustler and musical sage. The album title is a knowing nod to the streets, long his home, and the folks hiding behind hooded sweatshirts and sun glasses; buried in despair, danger and anti-social behavior—all things that Detroit, Andre’s default musical base, has an abundance of. His signature time-cultivated, low-end vocal purr oozes come-ons as sweet as they are suggestive (“Gimme what you want and I’ll give you what you need” in “Gimme”) just as naturally as he pays tribute to his friend and underground soul icon Swamp Dogg (“Swamp Dogg’s Hot Spot”). In the Southside folk sermon “A Good Day To Feel Bad” Andre stars as the antihero, unfolding his cautionary tale: “It took awhile for me to see the games / that men really play / and see the difference between right and wrong.”
¤  While the “Detroit boys” bring their backbone of slow-burn, garage-leaning R&B/country blues jams, Hoods and Shades takes stabs in new directions too. In “I’ve Got Money on my Mind” Coffey, White, and Was explore upbeat, short-but-sweet melodic turnarounds a la 77-era Talking Heads that transition into psychedelic guitar explorations recalling Funkadelic’s spaced-out classic Maggot Brain. Likewise, “Jaw Dropper” smoothly takes on the challenge of 12-bar, rockabilly roots.
¤  Hoods and Shades is perhaps the most intriguing, feel-oriented, thematically driven effort yet from this musical legend.
Record Label: http://www.bloodshotrecords.com
Brooklyn Vegan: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/chicago/2012/01/andre_williams.html
Review:
Andre Williams Hoods And Shades on LP
¤  Andre 'Mr. Rhythm' Williams is a perfect study in the mysterious, multi-faceted power of music. Throughout his 50+ year career as a performer, songwriter and producer he has seen how music can define the individual, how music is widely perceived, how it can alter a soul for better or worse, and now how it can simply be used to describe things you just don’t understand, the overriding theme of this release.
As the story goes: during the summer of 2010, Andre got together with his “Detroit boys” to record, as he called it, “the Andre Williams folk album.” Hoods and Shades is the result, 9-songs created by music roadmen led by the music roadman. Making contributions are: renowned Grammy award-winning producer Don Was on upright bass, Motown legend/Funk Brother Dennis Coffey on acoustic and electric guitars, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, Greasy Carlisi (Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding) and Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) on electric bass, and longtime producer Matthew Smith (Nathaniel Mayer, Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats).
¤  The album plays out like an afternoon hangout among music peers, speaking of experiences through their instruments, dynamic stylings, and overall touch.
Music Direct: http://www.musicdirect.com/p-69196-andre-williams-hoods-and-shades-lp.aspx

 

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 Title:   Black Table Setting (Homage to Duke Ellington) 
Artist:   Jack Whitten, United States, Born Bessemer, Alabama, (born 1939) 
Medium:   acrylic on canvas 
Dated:   1974 
Dimensions:   72 x 60 in. (182.9 x 152.4 cm) 
Object Name:   painting 
Credit Line:   Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Purchase with funds provided by Jack Drake and Joel and Karen Piassick 
Provenance:   From the artist 
Accession Number:   AFI9.2007 
Copyright:   © Jack Whitten. Used by permission. // Fortaken: http://www.artsbma.org/ /// Jack Whitten was born in Bessemer, Alabama, the son of a seamstress, twice widowed. His father, a coal-miner, died while Whitten was a child. Planning a career as an army doctor, Whitten entered pre-medical studies at Tuskegee Institute where he took some pilot training and became inspired by George Washington Carver's legacy as a scientist, inventor and artist. He also traveled to nearby Montgomery, Alabama to hear Martin Luther King, Jr speak during the Montgomery Bus Boycott and was deeply moved by his vision for a changed America.

Andre Williams — Hoods & Shades (2012)
Andre Williams  Hoods & Shades (2012)

 

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