With careers spanning over 40 years, Sly and the Family Stone have become undoubtedly one of the most influential, game-changing bands to have graced the world of music. Chart-topping singles such as “Dance to the Music,” “Everyday People” and “Hot Fun in the Summertime”, and groundbreaking albums such as Stand (1969) and There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971), are all arguably so innovative that they were decades, centuries, thousands of light-years ahead of their time.
The Family Stone are back with a 2011 worldwide tour. And not only are three of the original, founding members together, but they’ve added some new folks to their family unit. Founding members include Jerry Martini on Sax, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Cynthia Robinson on trumpet, and fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and R&B Pioneer Award recipient Greg Errico on drums.
In an interview published by SoulCulture.co.uk, The Family Stone talk about their legacy, their purpose and influence as a band, their relationship with Sly, Cynthia’s advice, Jimi Hendrix, their love for London, the future for The Family Stone, some Glastonbury Festival 2013 performance talk, and the possibility for a family reunion…
The Morton Report recently interviewed Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and asked him about collaborating with Sly Stone for the new album “I’m Back! Family & Friends.” Manzarek contributed to the classic “Dance To The Music” for the new album. When asked if he wanted to play on the album, Manzarek said, “Who wouldn’t, for God’s sake. Yeah I was very excited, of course. I’m a big fan of Sly and the Family Stone.” Read more at TheMortonReport.com.
Sly Stone’s new album, “I’m Back! Family & Friends” is now in stores! The album, which features collaborations with artists including Jeff Beck, Bootsy Collins, Ray Manzarek, Ann Wilson and more, has received a three-star review in Rolling Stone! The magazine wrote, “Of prime interest are three new songs – a brass-and-organ-driven take on the gospel standard “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” and two originals: the gutbucket funk of “Plain Jane” and “Get Away,” a gorgeous soul vamp with a refrain – “Keep singin’ that melody!” – that whets the appetite for a full-fledged Sly comeback. “
Bootsy Collins was honored to contribute to Sly Stone’s new album, TheMortonReport.com reports. I’m Back! Family and Friends is in stores August 16th and features Bootsy on “Hot Fun In the Summertime.” “It’s one of those kind of songs where, you know, you’re in your convertible and you’ve got the top down,” he said. “It’s perfect for me to be on. It’s one of my all-time favorites.”
The Morton Report has published an interview with drummer Carmine Appice, who talked about recording for Sly Stone’s new album, “I’m Back! Family & Friends,” which will be released on August 16th. “They gave me a couple of song choices. So we did ‘Stand!’ and it went great,” he said. “I actually had Sly’s voice singing in my ears. He wasn’t in the studio with me, just on the tape. They did a basic track with a basic drum machine or drummer, and then they actually gave out the track that way with Sly’s voice on it. So everybody was able to listen to Sly. I said, ‘That’s very cool. I like that.'”
Read more at TheMortonReport.com
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In an interview with UltimateClassicRock.com, Heart singer Ann Wilson said she “couldn’t have been more flattered” to be asked to record vocals for Sly Stone’s new album, “I’m Back! Family & Friends,” being released on August 16th. She said hearing Sly and the Family Stone records on the radio when she was a child “opened me up in this really amazing way to the funk. I mean, those were only the singles, so when I got to know the rest of the stuff, too, it was really an amazing sort of epiphany for me to hear his stuff. So, when I was asked to do this, I just thought, God, how cool and I went for it!” Wilson chose to sing “Everyday People” for the album.
Read more at UltimateClassicRock.com.
This year’s recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors won’t be announced until later this summer or early fall, but The Washington Post’s critics have offered their own opinions on the artists who should receive the honor. The newspaper suggests that Sly and the Family Stone should be included among this year’s honorees because: “There’s no band more deserving. Sly and the Family Stone’s multi-race, mixed-gender lineup epitomized the social idealism of 1960s America, and the group’s protest songs melted genres with a funky, euphoric electricity that has never been matched.” Read more at WashingtonPost.com.
- “Dance To The Music” with Ray Manzarek
- “Everyday People” with Ann Wilson
- “Family Affair”
- “Stand!” with Carmine Appice & Ernie Watts
- “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” with Johnny Winter
- “(I Want To Take You) Higher” with Jeff Beck
- “Hot Fun In The Summertime” with Bootsy Collins
- “Dance To The Music”
- “Plain Jane”
- “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”
- “Get Away”
The Star Tribune reports that Sly Stone is set to release his new album, “I’m Back! Family & Friends” on August 16th. The album will feature Sly redoing hits including “Everyday People” and “Family Affair,” with the help of Jeff Beck, Johnny Winter, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Bootsy Collins, the Doors’ Ray Manzarek and others. The 11-song album also will feature three previously unreleased tracks, including the traditional song “His Eye Is On The Sparrow,” the newspaper reports.
Read more at the Star Tribune.
The U.K.’s Observer newspaper has ranked Sly and the Family Stone’s album “Stand!” at number 15 in its series of 50 key events in the history of rock music. The newspaper wrote, “Sly Stone took the live excitement of the Stax Soul Revue, grafted on James Brown’s completely functional, rhythm-as-a pure-state funk, and mixed in the heightened airs of psychedelia. … No one else could have made it quite as tight and loose, as blessed and blithe spirited.”
Read more at Guardian.co.uk.
In an interview with the South Bend Tribune newspaper, blues guitarist Johnny Winter said he recently worked in the studio with Sly Stone, as a guest guitarist for a new version of “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” He said Sly “is doing the old stuff. It was fun. I enjoyed doing it. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it.” You can read more at SouthBendTribune.com.