Sherman Theater Presents
The Bacon Brothers
Thu · August 2, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmSherman Theater
$34 | $44 | $54
All Ages Admitted // 21 to drink with ID
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Just as the Bacon Brothers. 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 seven 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) and 36 Cents (2014) -- spanning rock, soul, folk and Americana. Never content to be typecast, they’re fiercely devoted themselves to the cause of making music, undeterred by fame, fortune or the pitfalls that frequently obstruct the path to success.
Now, following on the heels of last year’s “Driver,” a resilient tale of lost youth imbued with tender memories, the Bacon Brothers’ new single “Broken Glass” also echoes that personal resolve. Written by Kevin and recorded at Lehman College studio where Michael teaches, the song was co-produced by both Bacon brothers. “It’s a very personal song,” Kevin says of its reflective musings. “I think that the songs are strong when they are personal. It took a long time. Some come easy, some not. But I'm proud of it and very happy with what Mike and the guys brought to the mix.” That song will be followed by Michael’s composition “Two Rivers,” a tender reflective ballad recorded during the Lehman sessions.
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 Actor’s 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 "Underfire: The Untold Story of Private First Class Tony Vaccaro.”
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 Cains Ballroom in Tulsa. For Michael, it’s been all about touring in Germany and Japan, and the fascination he feels performing for overseas audiences.
So while casual observers may be awed by their Hollywood credentials, critics have been quick to note that the brothers -Michael on vocals, guitar and cello and Kevin on vocals, guitar and percussion -- along with the band that’s been with them since the beginning -- Paul Guzzone (bass, backing vocals), Joe Mennonna (keyboards, accordion), Ira Siegel (lead guitar, mandolin and backing vocals) and Frank Vilardi (drums) -- eschew any hint of glitz and glamour in favor of an ethic gleaned from the hard lessons that come as a result of determination and drive.
Paul’s solo debut, the vinyl EP Dancin’ Room took his pop to a new, danceable level and vied with Billy Joel for a place on East Coast radio playlists. It also garnered positive reviews like this one in Stereo Review: “Paul Guzzone’s Dancin’ Room is rousing, unpretentious bar-band boogie … good-time, unselfconscious rock-n-roll …”
After years of work as a sideman with such renowned folk artists as Tom Chapin and Tom Rush, a new creative focus was added as Paul began writing music for commercials and corporate events. Creating everything from quirky sound designs to large-scale symphonic pieces he won several awards and became a go-to name in the industry. His pop and rock sensibility served him well as he delivered “industrials” that sounded like hit pop songs. And his range broadened as he worked to satisfy clients’ needs for a variety of musical styles.
Ironically it was a colleague in corporate events, writer Mike Greenly, who pulled Paul back into pop songwriting by asking him to collaborate. The two have now been writing together for nearly a decade.
Paul continues to write and release songs on his own and with a variety of co-writers while remaining active as a producer of acoustic music artists, a respected composer-producer for special events, and bassist-vocalist in the Bacon Brothers band (featuring actor-musician Kevin Bacon and composer-songwriter Michael Bacon).
Paul’s current covers include “I Will Carry You” which placed in the Top 25 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts (recorded by Shara Strand and written with Mike Greenly); “Not Gonna Miss You” recorded by Shara Strand and written with Mike Greenly and the artist; “Give You My Love” recorded by acoustic blues artist Ruthie Foster and written with the artist; and “493 Miles” recorded by the Bacon Brothers and written with Kevin Bacon and the Bacon Brothers band. Another of Paul’s co-writes with Mike Greenly, Everything Happens For a Reason has been translated and recorded by singer Micheal Castaldo and will be released in multiple mixes and in both English and Italian in Spring of 2015
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