“Thank God for my dear brother, Bootsy Collins. Artistic genius, spiritual giant, Grand Funk Master who reminds us of the Power of the One—the FUN in the funk and the FUNK in the fun…” – Dr. Cornel West
“Music is always a soother, a healer, and that’s how I want to use this record,” says Bootsy Collins about his latest album, The Power of the One (Oct 23, Bootzilla Records / Sweetwater Studios). The album will be available on CD and all streaming services on October 23 and on vinyl in December. Preorder the album here.
And with that, Bootsy called on a few of his humble yet very capable musician friends to join him and let the real party begin. Now for the pure funk track we call the “Funkship Area-51,” Collins channeled his P-Funk days, with fellow James Brown bandmember, Christian McBride. Snoop Dogg takes the lead on “Jam On” along with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on lead guitar, and the song “Creepin’” features blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. A longtime mentor to musicians, Bootsy enlisted Cincinnati singer Emmaline for the Latin song “Lips Turn Blue.” Dr. Cornel West, Victor Wooten, Béla Fleck, Steve Jordan, EmiSunshine, Rod Castro, The Williams Singers and Az Yet join Bootsy on “Stargate” (an update on “Stars,” the MusiCares benefit single released in June). For their first collaboration, Branford Marsalis appears on two songs, “Club Funkateers” (with Victor Wooten), and Collins’ arrangement of Sly and the Family Stone’s “WantMe2Stay,” with the great Larry Graham on bass and American Idol singer, Uché.
Calling all Funkateers! Please join Bootsy on Friday, October 23 at 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET for the livestream event, ‘Bootsy Collins Album Release Galactic Birthday Bash.’ The lineup will be announced shortly, and tickets are available at bootsycollins.com. Ahead of his birthday, Bootsy reflects, “I don’t ever want to grow up and lose that kid inside of me. That’s the guy who really keeps me going. I’m always experiencing and learning new things.”
As a bonus ahead of the album release: On Thursday, October 22, Bootsy Collins will be in conversation with photographer Bruce Talamon, ahead of his exhibit “It’s Been Said All Along,” produced by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and LemonTree Studios.
About Bootsy Collins
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legend Bootsy Collins is a musician, songwriter and producer. He has lent his talents to James Brown, Parliament/Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band and Deee-Lite, to name a few. The best living bassist on Rolling Stone’s Best Bassists of All Time list, Bootsy, “redefined soul and funk bass playing in the Seventies, and, by proxy, rap and pop in the Eighties and Nineties,” writes the magazine. "You can hear his influence in practically every bass player to come since…” Bootsy’s influence on popular culture is inescapable. His image and sound are stitched into the fabric of modern music, be it R&B, funk, rock, electronic or hiphop (Prince, Dr. Dre, Thundercat, Janelle Monae). He’s transcended generations through mentoring and collaborations, including Childish Gambino’s “Red Bone,” a loving homage to Collins’ 70s smash, “I’d Rather Be with You.”
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