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The Bacon Brothers, coming to Ardmore, talk musical family life, songwriting and playing with NY Yankees

No need to check your longitude or latitude. We are indeed one degree closer to Kevin Bacon.

The Bacon Brothers, the sibling duo of Kevin and Michael Bacon, are a musical combo who approach music in a similar style to other famous duos — think Phil and Don Everly, Ray and Dave Davies, and Liam and Noel Gallagher, minus the sibling rivalry.

They play folk-driven rock songs that combine the musical talents that they’ve been honing together since they were children.

Kevin is an award-winning actor who has appeared in films like Friday the 13th, Footloose, and Apollo 13, while Michael is an award-winning music composer for film and television, and an associate professor of music at Lehman College.

The duo will be performing April 5 at the Ardmore Music Hall.

We spoke with the brothers about their music, duel careers, and the Yankees’ Bernie Williams.

Jay Honstetter for TMediaNews Group: Outside of The Bacon Brothers, you guys have successful careers in the arts — Kevin in film and Michael as a composer — I’m curious to know how you feel your individual backgrounds inform your music when you come together? The way you write and craft songs, how they’re approached, recorded, etc.

Kevin: I think that being an actor has taught me to leave myself open emotionally to the things that I come in contact with in life, and that is sort of where my songwriting comes from … having experiences, seeing something, feeling something, being in some place, and taking in that experience and turning it into a three, or four, minute song.

I always find that, in the performing of songs, if they start to not feel good when I perform them, or start to feel stale, if I go back to what I was feeling when I wrote the song, and what the song is about, then the performance of that song will get better. I’ll sing better and play better, everything about it will get better. That’s really similar to being an actor, you just have to remember what the scene’s about, what is going on with your character, and your character’s history, etc.

Michael: Composing and songwriting are surprisingly dissimilar. I have a source that I can turn off and on at will when I’m working as a film/TV composer. I’ve never experienced musical writer’s block. Songwriting is much more introspective and requires response to stimulus rather than creating stimulus.

On your most recent album, “The Way We Love,” you recorded “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” with a surprise appearance by NY Yankee Bernie Williams on guitar. Was this a sort of intentional nod to artists who are successful in one career but have talent to showcase elsewhere? Also, how did this collaboration come to be?

Kevin: It wasn’t intentional that Bernie appeared on “Mercy Mercy Mercy,” it wasn’t a nod to the fact that sometimes people have two careers. Actually, I never really thought about that, but that is a pretty good point. He had a gigantic career in one arena, and was incredible as a ballplayer, and also as a world-class guitar player. So listen, I totally admire Bernie and we were thrilled that he would sit in with us. It was a lot of fun.

Michael: I met Bernie when he came to my college to do a workshop with guitar and bass students. Besides his athletic and musical skills, he’s a wonderful teacher.

I know you guys grew up in an artistic family and got interested in the arts at a young age. What really drew you to music and got you interested in playing? Any artists in particular?

Kevin: I think that the first artist that inspired me to play music was my brother. I heard him in our house writing songs and creating stuff. We came from a very creative kind of household. Creating something is what you would do in your free time — much more so than reading a book, or even watching TV. What was put on a pedestal was the creation of something. So when I saw my older brother … if he’d been a football player, I probably would have wanted to play football. I saw him writing songs and that’s what made me want to write songs. And if you write a song, after a while, you feel like you really want to share it with somebody … that’s sort of how The Bacon Brothers came about, it was our desire to take these songs we’ve written and put them out there in the public eye.

Michael: Music drew me in. It completely dominated my life since age four-five and still does. Performing in front of people was a much harder thing for me, it took a long time to become comfortable with it.

I think your music tends to have a sort of uplifting feel to each song, even when they’re more somber or slow-paced. Is this a conscious decision when you’re writing or something that just happens?

Kevin: It’s not a conscious decision for a song to have an uplifting feel. I think there’s a lot of songs we have that have a pretty dark underbelly, but not all of them. Maybe the uplifting feel you’re referring to is how we tend to write things methodically that resolve themselves. I certainly don’t tend to think about them when I am writing.

Michael: For the new LP, I wrote a song called “Let Me Happen to You Girl.” It’s purposely uplifting and is my wife’s favorite song.

I have to ask, there are many sibling duos out there, and since you guys are a part of that crowd, who would you say is your favorite sibling duo in music?

Kevin: Wow, there have been so many good ones. This has nothing to do with whether or not they get along, by the way, but the Everlys, the Cakes, I love Oasis. I think sibling duos are interesting because there is something about the fact that you kinda share the same DNA and sometimes that makes voices either blend or not. Black Rose are a great sibling band, there are so many.

Michael: Has to be the Everlys.

What’s next for The Bacon Brothers? Any new albums in the works or plans after your current tour?

Kevin: We are going to release a five-song EP. We’ve got some new stuff we’re playing on the road now — things that we are really excited about.

Michael: Things are good for the los hermanos.

THE BACON BROTHERS LIVE

  • When: 7:30 p.m. April 5
  • Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 East Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
  • Tickets and info: $35 ardmoremusichall.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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