The Bacon Brothers have a busy summer ahead of them. Their new self-produced single Play!, premiered exclusively by Billboard, is out today and available everywhere.
The band will be criss-crossing the country on a 28-city tour that commences on July13th (scroll down for dates.)
When discussing the new single, Kevin says, “I wrote Play! because I got real sick of hearing people talk about how much “work” it takes to stay married. For us it’s not about work, it’s about Play! We heard it funky and the guys did a great job bringing that Bacon Brothers sparkle to the recording. We cut it at Hobo Sound just on the Jersey side of the Lincoln Tunnel.” An accompanying video for Play! directed by Kevin and Michael, will be released on July 8th.
Michael weighs in about the video – “We got such great submissions for the video from all over the place. It was fun watching it all come together. I imagined the “Play” shouts are like page turns in the song. I started imagining all of the crazy submissions we’d get but didn’t consider how they’d be collected and cleared. Luckily our management figured out a way to get it done.”
Fiercely devoted to making music, even from an early age (they cite such influences as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Philly soul, and James Taylor, with mentions from Michael of Pete Seeger, Jimmy Rogers, Chet Atkins, and the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and additional kudos to Michael from Kevin for his input), the two siblings share a singular body of work that’s found them spending more than 20 years of working the road and paying their dues, resulting in nine albums – Forosoco (1997), Getting There (1999), Can’t Complain (2001), Live: The No Food Jokes Tour (2003), White Knuckles (2005), New Year’s Day (2009), Philadelphia Road (2011) 36 Cents (2014), and the eponymous, The Bacon Brothers (2018) — spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Never content to be typecast, they’re fiercely devoted to the cause of making music, undeterred by fame, fortune or the pitfalls that frequently obstruct the path to success.
It’s not that either brother lacks the means to steal the spotlight. Kevin Bacon is an award-winning actor with 80 films and dozens of television and stage credits to his name, resulting in numerous Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations cited in his resume. Older brother Michael initially began making music in their native Philadelphia before moving to Nashville where his songwriting career blossomed by leaps and bounds. An Emmy-winning composer, he most recently scored the documentary “That Way Madness Lies” currently on the festival circuit. Other recent works include the audiobook: “You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairytales” and the HBO documentary “RX: Early Detection with Sandra Lee” which premiered at Sundance last year.
Still, while it’s clear that Michael and Kevin don’t view the band as simply a sideline, their commitment is clear. Indeed, the high points have been many. Kevin points to an opening slot for The Band at Carnegie Hall, surveying the Texas landscape in the midst of a lightning storm, rocking the Stone Pony on the Jersey Shore and Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. For Michael, it’s been all about touring in Germany and Japan, and the fascination he feels performing for overseas audiences.