Michael and Kevin Bacon Bring Bacon Brothers Concerts to Annapolis and Alexandria

Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon bring The Bacon Brothers to Rams Head, Annapolis, Maryland, April 6-8 and The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia, April 11-12.

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley chats with the Bacon Brothers (Part 1)

You’ve seen dozens of his films, but have you heard him make music with his brother?

Kevin Bacon and Michael Bacon bring The Bacon Brothers to Rams Head, Annapolis, Maryland, April 6-8 and The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia, April 11-12.

“We had a bunch of shows canceled [by the pandemic] and we kind of kept a low profile,” Michael told WTOP. “At the same time, it was a great opportunity to get back to writing and producing and that kind of stuff. Luckily, as we hit the road again this spring, we have an LP coming out of five songs. The timing is paramount, so we’ll see what happens.

Kevin agreed that the pandemic has provided downtime to spur creativity.

“These are things that jumped out of the pandemic,” Kevin told WTOP. “We were in the studio the day it seemed like the world had shut down. … This new stuff was done pretty remotely, because that’s the nature of making music, but we’re excited to get back to playing .

The first single is “In Memory of When I Cared”, co-written with Desmond Child.

“Desmond Child is a mega songwriter starting with ‘La Vida Loca,’ a band from Bon Jovi, Aerosmith,” Michael said. “It was a new experience with a very contemporary style. … We chose a track; it had a bunch of titles and we just threw it. It’s very different from anything we’ve cut. It’s the most contemporary sounding piece we’ve ever done.

Their unique sound is best described in the title of their debut album: “Forosoco” (1997), which Kevin says referred to a mix of folk, rock, soul and country.

“The idea of ​​going in and picking a genre is a little frustrating, I guess, because people want to trash you,” Kevin said. “It’s tough; I think our songs are honestly going all over the map.

In 2019, Michael told us his favorite song was “Only a Good Woman.” Why not today?

“Kevin wrote a song called ‘Dark Chocolate Eyes,’ which is just beautiful,” Michael said. “There’s just a vibe that I don’t think we’ve ever had before. It didn’t require the cello, but it worked well. I have an instrument that I resurrected from an old movie soundtrack called “Let Me Happen to You Girl”. … It’s a very happy song, so my wife really likes it.

In 2019, Kevin’s favorite song was “36 Cents”, but what is it today?

“I love playing this song that I wrote for Michael to sing called ‘Picker’, which is really fun, after the last recording,” Kevin said. “It’s just a really fun song to play because it’s really kind of a straightforward country song, but it’s about Mike when he was a kid. It’s really fun for me to write about it. , then watch him sit down and have to sing and play.

The brothers grew up in a family of six in downtown Philadelphia. Michael said his parents moved the family there when he was 9.

“They didn’t believe in the suburbs. They thought the city is where a family should be. My father was an urban planner.

Michael added that his parents value creativity. “They didn’t care much about studies or sports, but [rather] music, dance, theater, art, theatre.

For years, Michael hounded his music career, while Kevin became a successful movie star, eventually forming The Bacon Brothers for a gig in Philadelphia in 1995.

“Michael was very committed to a musical career, making a living writing songs,” Kevin said. “We tried to write a few of them together and it’s just kind of a natural extension that if you write them, you want to play them. A friend of ours from Philadelphia heard a demo… and said, “Why don’t you call yourself The Bacon Brothers and come and put on a show?”

They added a bassist and percussionist, while Kevin beefed up his guitar skills.

“That show turned into another show, someone else asked us to come and play, so it was a very small, grassroots start,” Kevin said. “It wasn’t like I woke up one day and said, ‘Hmm, this is something I want to do with my life.’ It really evolved organically.

We ended our interview with a short Q&A on Kevin’s most famous movies:

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‘Animal House’ (1978)

“Sad news about [producer] Ivan [Reitman]who I’m very grateful to for giving me my first movie job,” Kevin said.

“Friday the 13th” (1980)

“I just saw that ‘Friday the 13th: Part 8’ is out now and if they hadn’t killed it, it probably still would be,” Michael said.

‘Dinner’ (1982)

“It was a really good time,” Kevin said. “It’s one of those movies that the memories are so strong that the guys and I, our last Zoom was in the last six months. We still keep in touch and check in on each other and we’re remained very good friends for a very long time.

‘Soccer’ (1984)

“If only the soundtrack could have come out and been a hit, then it would have been better, but it tried,” Michael said wryly.

“A Few Good Men” (1992)

“He was one of six or eight jacks I played; I have to stop playing jacks,” Kevin said.

“The Wild River” (1994)

“I loved doing it,” Kevin said. “I spent a lot of time in the water, but it was a big part – great to work with this amazing cast: Meryl [Streep]David [Strathairn] and John C. [Reilly].”

‘Apollo 13’ (1995)

“It was such a part of the story and such an amazing story,” Michael said. “These three guys were amazing together. Kevin was also able to fly in the vomit comet.

‘Mystic River’ (2002)

“It was amazing,” Michael said.

WTOP’s Jason Fraley chats with the Bacon Brothers (Part 2)

Listen to our full conversation on my “Beyond the Fame” podcast.

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