BAMP Project proudly presents....
February 24, 7pm
On sale now!
GA $25, VIP $50
Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the
car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,
claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White
among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield and the legendary
songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland Jr.
The retro tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974,
and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to
Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf by mutual friend Noelle Scaggs of The Rebirth, even his current boss was
skeptical. He showed me two songs and I didnt understand what I was listening to, Wolf recalls. I asked him if they were
old songs that he did re-edits of I couldnt believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.
And after meeting in person, it was even harder for Wolf to believe that Hawthorne was also the lead vocalist. Few expect
such heartfelt sentiment to come from a 29-year-old white kid from Ann Arbor, but he has caught the ear of his family at
Stones Throw, as well as BBC Radio 1 host Gilles Peterson and producer/DJ Mark Ronson. Expectations are high for the
admitted vinyl junkie who never planned on taking his crooning public. Hawthornes hanging-by-a-string falsetto and
breakbeat production on his first recorded effort, the tender Just Aint Gonna Work Out, are simultaneously Smokey and J
Dilla equal parts The Tracks of My Tears and Fall in Love. Its soul, he explains, But its new.
Hawthorne has produced and played instruments for much of his life, but never intended to become a singer. He isnt
formally trained, and never sang in a choir or in any of the bands he was in before founding the County (formerly the
County Commissioners). But here he is, new school soul sensation, who has taken the Motown assembly-line production model
and eliminated nearly every element but himself and a few hired hands. I think Mayer is the only artist in the history of
the label that Ive signed after hearing only two songs, says Peanut Butter Wolf. Sometimes, you just know its the right
thing to do.
And for those willing to believe anything is possible, be grateful to have Mayer Hawthorne on the scene. Its not just
throwback music anymore this revival is all about progression. [Last.fm]
All ages welcome, under 18 accompanied by adult.
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Added by eyoung45 on January 9, 2010