New Andre Williams En Route


another classic album sleeve from Williams as well…


By Blurt Staff


Due February 28, Hoods and Shades is soulman
Andre Williams’ fourth Bloodshot Records full-length release, and perhaps his
most intriguing and thematically driven. Self-dubbed “the Andre Williams folk
album”, he recruited his Detroit
boys (and then some) to put together a collection of nine songs that
collectively play out like an afternoon hangout among musical roadmen, chatting
of their experiences through their instruments.



Making contributions are: renowned Grammy
Award-winning producer Don Was on
upright bass, Motown legend/Funk Brother Dennis Coffey on acoustic and electric guitars, Dirty Three drummer Jim White, Greasy Carlisi (Robert Gordon, Chris Spedding) and Jim Diamond (Dirtbombs) on electric
bass, and longtime producer Matthew
Smith (Nathaniel Mayer, Outrageous Cherry, Volebeats).



Hoods and Shades brings together Andre
Williams’ signature low-end purr and suggestive come-ons (“Gimme”, “I’ve Got
Money on My Mind”), alongside clear-eyed cautionary tales (“A Good Day to Feel
Bad”, “Hoods and Shades”) from someone who has been on the street long enough
to know. In his past, the longtime R&B legend Williams most famously wrote “Shake A Tail Feather,” and sang
proto-punk cult classics like “Bacon Fat” (covered by the Cramps), “Greasy
Chicken,” and the epitome of songs about underage girls, “Jail Bait.”
Additionally, he once paid his dues and honed his unique musical outlook at
seminal labels such as Motown, Chess, and Fortune. He also wrote and produced for artists Ike Turner, Parliament/Funkadelic, Edwin
Starr and Stevie Wonder. In
2008, Andre was the subject of the gritty documentary, “Agile Mobile Hostile.”



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