Andre Williams is an author, a singer, and all-round old-skool hustler. He first cut a series of greasy novelty hits with a salacious twist back in 1957 for Detroit’s regional Fortune label with titles like “Jail Bait” and, of course, “Didlee, Didlee Womp Womp (Bacon Fat).” He continues to speak—and sing—his mind today, with his recent retro 1970s soul album Hoods & Shades (Bloodshot Records) and this furiously funky outing.
Williams first teamed up with Canadian indie rock/alt country stars the Sadies for a country album, 1999’s Red Dirt. Now they’re back with an album that happily defies any attempts at categorization.
The songs here range from R&B to raunchy gutter rock and roll, from heartbreak to ribaldry. Williams sometimes sings from the soul, other times talking his talk, and still others slurring his way through a rum-soaked haze. It all coalesces into a deep vibe and a unique artistry.
It should come as little surprise that these rambling sessions were directed by Jon Spencer, who celebrates Williams’ rambling R&B like he once did R. L. Burnside’s modern Delta blues. And Spencer also brought along guitarist and studio visionary Matt Verta-Ray, his partner-in-crime in Heavy Trash, the rockabilly deconstructionists.
Williams is at his best on “America,” singing “Living in America ain’t no fun/Better have some money or you’ll be on the run/And it’s a goddamn shame/Without cash/You’re trash.” Throughout, Sadies brothers Dallas and Travis Good roll out some gloriously grinding guitar.
Maybe it’s a protest album. Maybe it’s Blaxploitation chic. Or maybe it’s just one of the coolest album of the year.
Perlich Post presents Bacon Fat Brew-Ha-Ha – a release party for the “Night & Day” album by Andre Williams and the Sadies on Saturday, May 12 at 3030 Dundas West.
Bradley Boy Macarthur, ,Samantha Martin & the Haggard and the Pow Wows will be playing “Mr. Rhythm” songs all evening, and Tim Perlich will be spinning some funky blues and crazy R&B records between sets.
There will be beers, grub and plenty of music! Tickets are five bucks at the door and the records start spinning at 8 pm sharp.
Following the release of her latest album We Have Made a Spark back in February, PEI-born singer-songwriter Rose Cousins has premiered a new video for “Go First.”
We Have Made a Spark is now available in stores and online, and you can check out Cousins playing songs from that record on her current North American tour. The remaining Canadian dates can be found below.
Tour dates: 4/20 Lunenburg, NS – Zion Lutheran Church 4/21 Wolfville, NS – Al Whittle Theatre 4/22 Halifax, NS – Spatz Theatre 4/25 Charlottetown, PEI – St Paul’s Anglican Church 4/26 Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre 4/27 Saint John, NB – Sanctuary Theatre 4/28 Fredericton, NB – Charlotte Street Arts Centre 5/3 Toronto, ON – Rivoli 5/4 Waterloo, ON – First United Church 5/5 Wakefield, QC – Black Sheep Inn 5/6 Montreal, QC – Petite Campus 5/8 St. John’s, NL – The Rocket Room
Canada’s finest live band, The Sadies, have reunited with explicit soul singer/cult legend Andre Williams for Night and Day, set for release March 15, 1012 on Outside Music. Night and Day is the result of sessions that began in 2008 at Key Club Studio in Detroit and captures Andre, then 70 years old and still using at the time, at his most raw, honest, and immediate.
Night and Day features guests Jon Spencer & Matt Verta-Ray, Jon Langford, Sallie Timms, Kelly Hogan and Danny Kroha. Listen to the first single “One Eyed Jack” below.