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  • JAMES WILLIAMSON (IGGY & THE STOOGES) TEAMS UP WITH NEW TALENT MAIA ON NEW SINGLE “SICKKK” / “I MADE A MISTAKE” OUT NOV. 11, 2016 ON 7″ VINYL & DIGITAL FORMATS

    GUITAR LEGEND TO DONATE HIS ICONIC “LEOPARD LADY” LES PAUL GUITAR (USED ON THE STOOGES’ RAW POWER LP AND EVERY ONE OF WILLIAMSON’S RECORDINGS SINCE) TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

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    This is James Williamson’s third and last single of the year. This time the guitar legend has teamed up with a talented 19 year-old singer/songwriter named Maia, who is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston for vocal music and composition.

    Williamson’s previous efforts this year included a collaboration with Petra Haden on “Blues Jumped The Rabbit” and “Last Kind Words” to benefit the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund and a collaboration with Lisa Kekaula on “I Love My Tutu” and “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are” to benefit Project Hawai’i which helps homeless children in Hawaii.

    This third single will be the last record on which Williamson’s iconic “Leopard Lady” guitar will be played. This guitar has been used on every record Williamson has made – from his first album with The Stooges, Raw Power, to the present. He is donating both the Leopard Lady Les Paul Custom, as well as his Gibson B25N acoustic guitar to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Museum for posterity. The latter acoustic is the guitar James wrote most of the music to Raw Power on and wrote and played on Kill City, which he recorded with Iggy Pop back in 1975.

    Williamson says of his young collaborator, “I first came into contact with Maia through my engineer in Berkeley, Jason Carmer. He played me something she had written and sang and I was instantly intrigued. I had him ask her to come down to the studio the next day (Maia is from San Francisco) and I was blown away by her enthusiasm, talent and the nuance of her vocals. We decided that day to write and record these songs together and this is the result of that effort. We hope you like them as much as we do.”

    James Williamson and Maia’s “Sickkk” / “I Made A Mistake” single will be available November 11th on 7-inch vinyl and digital formats. The donation of Williamson’s historical guitars will benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum (click here for more info on this nonprofit organization). Click here to order the digital single and here to pre-order the vinyl 45 single.

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    JAMES WILLIAMSON & MAIA (photo: Franklin Avery)

    FOR MORE INFO ON JAMES WILLIAMSON:
    http://straightjameswilliamson.com

    FOR MORE INFO ON MAIA:
    https://www.instagram.com/maiiaaaaaa

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    JAMES WILLIAMSON (IGGY AND THE STOOGES) & PETRA HADEN TEAM UP ON NEW BENEFIT SINGLE “BLUES JUMPED THE RABBIT” / “LAST KIND WORDS” | OUT AUGUST 19, 2016 ON 7″ VINYL AND DIGITAL FORMATS

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    Following his recent single with The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula, “I Love My Tutu,” The Stooges’ James Williamson has collaborated with singer, violinist and composer Petra Haden (That Dog, The Hayden Triplets, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists, Beck and others) for a new benefit single “Blues Jumped The Rabbit” backed with “Last Kind Words.” Both of these songs are traditional folk/blues compositions. The lyrics for the A-side can be traced back to Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 1926 recording “Rabbit Foot Blues” for Paramount Records, while the B-side was first recorded by blues enigma Geeshie Wiley back in 1930, also for Paramount.

    Williamson explains the collaboration with Haden, “I first became aware of Petra by listening to her amazing acapella version of The Who Sell Out. She was phenomenal at imitating not only the vocals but all of the instruments as well.

    Of course I knew of her dad Charlie Haden. He had played bass with two of my all time FAV RAVs Keith Jarrett and Carla Bley. And she also sings with Bill Frisell and others from time to time where her voice is practically another instrument.

    I asked her to come in and do a demo with me in L.A. while working on the last Iggy and the Stooges record Ready to Die. I was hooked. Not only did she sing with perfect pitch, but she also played her violin with authority and tasteful music sensibilities.

    I used her to great effect as a background singer thereafter on Ready to Die, my last solo album Re-Licked and “I Love My Tutu” single, but I have always wished that I could find the right songs to spotlight her as a lead vocalist.

    Then along came these two traditional songs ‘Blues Jumped The Rabbit’ and ‘Last Kind Words.’

    Thankfully Petra loved them as much as I did, so we went in and made this record. We both are really happy we did. We hope you’ll like it too.”

    James Williamson and Petra Haden’s “Blues Jumped The Rabbit” / “Last Kind Words” single will be available on 7-inch vinyl and digital formats on August 19th. Proceeds from this record will benefit Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund (click here for more info).

    This is the second of three singles that James Williamson will be releasing this year. The first was with The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula for their single “I Love My Tutu” / “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are” out now digitally through iTunes here and on 7-inch vinyl on August 12th through Amazon and finer record stores. Proceeds from this record will benefit Project Hawai’i, which helps homeless children in Hawaii.

    More info on the third upcoming single collaboration to be announced soon.

    FOR MORE INFO ON JAMES WILLIAMSON:
    http://straightjameswilliamson.com

    FOR MORE INFO ON PETRA HADEN:
    http://www.petrahaden.com

    FOR MEDIA AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
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    Pavement PR
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    e: tony@pavementpr.com
    http://www.pavementpr.com

     

    JAMES WILLIAMSON (IGGY AND THE STOOGES) TO RELEASE NEW CHILDREN’S SINGLE “I LOVE MY TUTU” / “NEVER FAR FROM WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE” WITH THE BELLRAYS’ LISA KEKAULA ON JUNE 17TH!

    SINGLE TO HELP BENEFIT HOMELESS CHILDREN IN HAWAII VIA PROJECT HAWAI’I

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    “I Love My Tutu” is a fun “JAWAIIAN” song about the relationship between grandchildren and their Grandmothers for people of all ages.

    James Williamson says of the song, “I wrote ‘Tutu’ one day while playing ukulele for my own granddaughter and finished the lyrics with my wife over the weeks to follow. My family and I spend a fair amount of time on the Big Island of Hawaii and have a first hand understanding of the deep relationship that children have with their Tutu’s in Hawaii. I wanted to have Lisa Kekaula sing it not only because she is a fabulous talent, but also because she is part Hawaiian herself and, in fact, her niece and nephew (who live on Maui) are the kids singing backups at the end of the record.”

    The B-side, “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are,” is a decidedly more rocked-up number which was inspired by the book Where The Wild Things Are. “This track was originally written by my son Jamie,” Williamson revealed. “I liked it so much that I helped him massage the music and lyrics a little bit and think it came out great. It’s another fun track that should appeal to people of all ages, just like the book which inspired it.”

    Proceeds from this record will benefit Project Hawai’i, which helps homeless children in Hawaii. For more info on Project Hawai’i go to: http://www.helpthehomelesskeiki.org

    James Williamson & Lisa Kekaula’s “I Love My Tutu” / “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are” single will be available June 17th on 7″ vinyl in finer record stores… INCLUDING vinyl on Amazon and Digital on iTunes. Digital Pre-release can be purchased here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-love-my-tutu-feat.-lisa/id1117751364?ls=1&app=itunes

    This is the first of three singles that James Williamson will be releasing this year. More info on these two upcoming collaborations and release dates to be announced soon.

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    JAMES WILLIAMSON (photo: Pacific Dream Photography)

    FOR MORE INFO ON JAMES WILLIAMSON:
    http://straightjameswilliamson.com

    FOR MORE INFO ON LISA KEKAULA & THE BELLRAYS:
    https://www.facebook.com/IamLisaKekaula

    FOR MEDIA AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
    p: 262.903.7775
    e: tony@pavementpr.com
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    THE STOOGES’ GUITAR LEGEND JAMES WILLIAMSON’S NEW SOLO ALBUM “RE-LICKED” OUT OCTOBER 29, 2014!

    ALONG WITH THE LIVE TOURING VERSION OF THE STOOGES, JAMES IS JOINED ON “RE-LICKED” BY A NUMBER OF GREAT GUEST VOCALISTS RE-INTERPRETING LESSER-KNOWN STOOGES RARITIES

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    While on a break from touring this year, the members of the live touring version of The Stooges (James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & drummer Toby Dammit) got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74 as the follow-up to their quintessential album Raw Power. While a number of these tracks have found their way onto inferior-sounding bootlegs and unofficial releases over the years, they were never properly recorded since the band didn’t have a record deal at the time.

    Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of musicians and singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming solo album entitled Re-Licked.

    Re-Licked will feature many of these lesser-known Stooges rarities properly recorded and mixed for the first time. This 16-track collection includes songs as “I Gotta Right,” “Rubber Leg,” “She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills,” “Wild Love,” “Pinpoint Eyes” and many others, fronted by a wealth of talented vocalists such as Mark Lanegan, Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Dead Weather), The Orwell’s Mario Cuomo, Jello Biafra, The BellRays’ Lisa Kekaula, Ariel Pink, Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie, The Icarus Line’s Joe Cardamone, Carolyn Wonderland and others.

    The vinyl & CD versions of this album will also feature a deluxe package including an in-depth 24-page booklet with liner notes & photos, as well as a fascinating ‘making-of’ Re-Licked documentary on DVD, giving the viewer a fly-on-the-wall experience of being in the studio with all of these great musicians. The mp3 version of the album will also include this deluxe package in digital format.

    Re-Licked will be available worldwide Oct. 29, 2014 on CD, vinyl & digital formats worldwide via Leopard Lady Records.

    RE-LICKED TRACK LISTING

    01. Head On The Curve (w/ Jello Biafra)

    02. Open Up And Bleed (w/ Carolyn Wonderland)

    03. Scene Of The Crime (w/ Bobby Gillespie from
    Primal Scream)

    04. She Creatures Of The Hollywood Hills (w/ Ariel Pink)

    05. Til The End Of The Night (w/ Alison Mosshart from
    The Kills, Dead Weather)

    06. I Gotta Right (w/ Lisa Kekaula from The BellRays)

    07. Pinpoint Eyes (w/ Joe Cardamone from
    The Icarus Line)

    08. Wild Love (w/ Mark Lanegan & Alison Mosshart)

    09. Rubber Leg (w/ Ron Young from Little Caesar)

    10. I’m Sick Of You (w/ Mario Cuomo from The Orwells)
    Bonus Tracks:

    11. Gimme Some Skin (w/ Caroline Wonderland)

    12. C*ck In My Pocket (w/ Nicke Andersson from
    The Hellacopters)

    13. Heavy Liquid (w/ Lisa Kekaula)

    14. Wet My Bed (w/ The Richmond Sluts)

    15. C*ck In My Pocket (w/ Gary Floyd from The Dicks)

    16. Rubber Leg (w/ J.G. Thirlwell aka Clint Ruin, Foetus)

    “An avalanche of raw riffs… and Williamson playing white-knuckled leads like he absolutely refuses to let the Stooges’ music go gentle into that good night.” – PREMIER GUITAR
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    JAMES WILLIAMSON (photo: Heather Harris)

    FOR MORE INFO ON JAMES WILLIAMSON:
    http://straightjameswilliamson.com

    FOR MEDIA AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
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    CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A HI-RES PHOTO OF JAMES WILLIAMSON (PHOTO: TANYA ALEXIS) & “OPEN UP & BLEED” RSD SINGLE ART

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    While on a break from touring this year, the live touring version of The Stooges got together and recorded songs that were originally penned by Iggy Pop and James Williamson in 1973/74. These songs were never properly recorded since the band didn’t have a record deal at the time.

    James Williamson always wanted to revisit these songs and has done so with a powerhouse lineup of singers who don’t disappoint on his forthcoming album entitled Re-Licked. “Open Up & Bleed”/”Gimme Some Skin” is the first single from Re-Licked, which will be out later this year. The Stooges’ James Williamson, Steve Mackay, Mike Watt & touring drummer Toby Dammit are joined on both tracks by Texas blues singer & guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, who adds her own forceful and soul-drenching takes on these two rarely heard gems.

    Re-Licked will also feature other lesser-known Stooges tracks properly recorded and mixed for the first time. Songs such as “I Gotta Right,” “Rubber Legs,” “She Creatures of the Hollywood Hills,” “Wild Love” and others will be fronted by a wealth of talented vocalists such as Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Ariel Pink, Lisa Kekuala (The BellRays) and others to be announced soon.

    James Williamson & Carolyn Wonderland’s new limited vinyl single “Open Up & Bleed”/”Gimme Some Skin” will be available at independent record stores worldwide on Record Store Day, April 19th.

    FOR MORE INFO ON JAMES WILLIAMSON:
    http://straightjameswilliamson.com

    FOR MORE INFO ON CAROLYN WONDERLAND:
    https://www.facebook.com/wonderchicken

    FOR MEDIA AND INTERVIEW REQUESTS:
    Tony Bonyata
    Pavement PR
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    e: tony@pavementpr.com
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  • PRESS QUOTES:

    • “Unsurprisingly brilliant.” - NME
    • "'I Gotta Right,' the second single from Re-Licked. is a manic, guitar-blazing rocker featuring belter Lisa Kekaula of The Bellrays." - USA TODAY
    • “James Williamson’s aggressive guitar style may be the most influential in punk.” - NPR’s WORLD CAFE
    • "An avalanche of raw riffs… and Williamson playing white-knuckled leads like he absolutely refuses to let the Stooges’ music go gentle into that good night." - PREMIER GUITAR
    • "…hard-charging, fast-paced punk" - EXCLAIM!
    • 4 STARS! “A raft of top-notch guest vocalists (Lisa Kekaula, Bobby Gillespie, Ariel Pink, Mark Lanegan, Jello Biafra et al) bring the attitude while the band (featuring the remaining Stooges in parts) tear through what prove to be timeless tunes like the intervening years never happened. Inspiring.” – THE MUSIC.COM-AU
    • "...a karmic correction" - HARVEY KUBERNIK
    • “This completely fuckin’ smokes.” – DANGEROUS MINDS
    • “Re-Licked is a kicking itself out of the garage with an intent to seek and destroy all naysayers, and along for the ride are some very special guest stars.” – ARTROCKER
    • “gruff and propulsive” - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
    • “Properly recorded and no longer mired in sub-bootleg mire, the songs do indeed shine through.” - BUCKETFULL OF BRAINS
    • “Thankfully, there isn't a single note on Re-Licked that was phoned in. Every person involved in this momentous release clearly grasped the importance of the work being presented…. gearing up to be the Album of the Year.” – music critic JOEL GAUSTEN
    • “…the ‘Great Lost Stooges’ album of 1974.” – OUT MAGAZINE
    • “It goes without saying that the songs boast plenty of Williamson’s firebreathing guitar… he remains a riffmeister supreme. Re-Licked is as ball-busting a rock & roll record as any to come down the pike in 2014.” – BLURT MAGAZINE
    • “Re-Licked has enough energy, fine playing and (deep breath) convincing vocals to present as something unique in the canon of Stooge-inspired music. Get it.” – I-94 BAR
    • “Some of the tracks feel like they are straight off Raw Power, others have a tinge of Funhouse, and others remind me of the Josh Homme collaboration of the Desert Sessions.” – BLANK GOLD COAST
    • “This project isn't just a re-hashing of old material, in fact far from it. Williamson has spent over a year bringing the tracks to life and finding the right vocalist for each song with the absence of Pop.” - ABC12-TV
    • “James Williamson has delivered decades old songs that sound as vibrant as anything else I’ve heard in 2014. And he’s stacked his roster with an all star line up of singers who unify this album through their collective bad assedness.” – BORED & DANGEROUS
    • “These are some of the greatest rock ’n’ roll songs ever written…. as killer a rock ’n’ roll album as you’re going to hear in these days of increasingly diminished expectations.” - James Marshall / PLEASE KILL ME.com