NYC: Bobby Womack and Willis Earl Beal | POSTPONED
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Bobby Womack defines rock and roll history. He is set to release his first new album in 18 years on June 12th. The Bravest Man In The Universe.
Over the span of his 50 plus year career, Bobby Womack has collaborated with some of the most legendary artists of our time including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Gorillaz – and countless others. Discovered by the late great Sam Cooke in the early 60’s and ultimately rising to the top of the charts with the singles, “Lookin’ For A Love” and “It’s All Over Now.” The standard bearer for contemporary soul music, with numerous hit albums over his career was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009.
Chicago’s Willis Earl Beal taught himself how to make music while working overnight at a motel in New Mexico. The recordings he made during this time are a result of what one creative mind could do with a few found instruments and objects; a cassette-based karaoke machine and a $20 microphone. They resulted in his recently released debut album Acousmatic Sorcery. Pitchfork calls Willis’ “a booming, soulful voice.” and Stereogum said he “has a voice that seems like it shouldn’t belong to a person alive in this century – a fiery, possessed, devils-chasing-me Old Testament groan.”