I always ask Marlon Williams about his footwear. The first time I met him back-stage at the 2010 Silver Scrolls the rosy cheeked young man was sporting a pair of pale yellow python skin boots, the soles of which had worn through so completely that a good deal of sock was exposed to the pavement. Immediately after I spoke to him he took to the Auckland Town Hall stage to perform a faultless version of the Julia Deans song A New Dialogue with his Unfaithful Ways band mates. It brought the house down. A year later The Unfaithfuls were releasing their debut album Free Rein and Marlon was again in Auckland, and again his feet were exposed to the elements as his boots (a different pair) were subjected to countless miles climbing the hills around his home town of Lyttelton. Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson in the Cashel Street studio Last week we linked Studio C in Auckland with the line booth in Cashel Street so that Marlon, joined by his good friend and confirmed collaborator Delaney Davidson could sing us a few songs. They were both wearing RM Williams boots. Delaney‟s had last been polished in some far off airport and Marlon‟s had already been re-soled twice. Heck! They were second hand to begin with! But there was plenty of soul in the music, though underfoot was wearing thin.
You can catch this act on the road round New Zealand. They're touring with Lindon Puffin and The Eastern:
Dunedin Plato Aug 31st
Port Chalmers Chicks Hotel Sep 01st
Wellington Bar Bodega Sep 06th
Paekakariki St. Peters Hall Sep 07th
Whanganui Savage Club Sep 08th
New Plymouth Butlers Reef Sep 09th
Leigh Sawmill Sep 14th
Auckland* Whammy Bar/Wine cellar Sep 15th
Napier Cabana Sep 16th
Barrytown Barrytown Hall Sep 20th
While Detroit woodwind player Bennie Maupin is one of the few masters of the bass clarinet many will recognise his laconic and ever so funky tenor tones from Herbie Hancock’s classic Head Hunters album from 1974. Maupin was also there when Miles Davis went electric on Bitches Brew. Eva Radich spent time with Maupin discussing the intensity of focus required to play with musicians like Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.
Speaking of Head Hunters, it's an album that would surely feature in the record collections of our next act The Bamboos. This large 10 year old Melburnian group was formed by expat Lance Ferguson as a way of paying tribute to the funk and soul sounds of the 60s and 70s. The band’s just released their new album, Medicine Man, which along with regular vocalist Kylie Auldist, features contributions from Aloe Blacc and You Am I’s Tim Rogers.