The Bacon Brothers are readying the release of the first single off their forthcoming summer EP, Erato, due out July 8th. The first track, “In Memory (Of When I Cared)” to be released on April 8, 2022, was co-written with Desmond Child and Void Stryker.
Bound by blood and a mutual love of American roots music, The Bacon Brothers have spent the past quarter-century in a creative whirl, funneling their shared DNA into a genre-bending sound. They call that sound “Forosoco” — a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences, delivered by two songwriters who were born to collaborate — and it’s taken the siblings across the world, from shows in Japan to performances at American landmarks like Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
The Bacon Brothers turn a new page with their eleventh release, Erato, whose five songs showcase the duo at their diverse peak. It’s an EP of dynamic contrasts: quiet moments and big payoffs, organic instrumentation and electronic textures, self-penned songs and high-profile collaborations. For Michael and Kevin Bacon, it’s also the continuation of a story that began long ago in Philadelphia, where the two siblings were raised on a soundtrack of 1970s singer/songwriters, Philly soul singers, and classic rock bands.
“We’re still exploring the sound we began making 25 years ago; we’ve just gotten a lot better at it,” says Michael, whose success as an Emmy-winning composer mirrors his brother’s own accolades as an A-list Hollywood actor. “Music is a life’s work. It’s a universe of things yet to know. It’s exciting to be doing stuff we couldn’t have done 20 years ago — to know that we’ve come so far, yet still have so much left in the tank.”
“We’re a songwriting band, and the songs lead the way,” Kevin explains. “We’re not beholden to a specific sound. We just write the songs and let them point us in the right direction. That’s how we’ve done it since the very beginning.”
The general Bacon Brothers writing routine usually found the pair writing separately then singing their own compositions. So, bringing in a co-writer was a new experience and a welcome one at that. “In Memory (Of When I Cared)” finds the siblings teaming up with songwriting legend Desmond Child for a track that splits the difference between minor-key rock & roll and modern-day pop. “Desmond has a gift for writing magnetic songs that people get trapped inside of,” Michael says of Child, a Songwriters Hall of Fame icon whose songwriting credits include Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Aerosmith’s “Crazy,” and Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself For Loving You.” Working with a co-writer was a rare experience for the Bacons, whose previous 10 albums were almost exclusively written by Kevin and Michael. In Desmond Child, they found more than just a collaborator — they found validation in their strengths as prolific craftsmen, too.
April 5—-Ardmore, PA—-Ardmore Music Hall
April 6 & 8—-Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
April 11 & 12—-Alexandria, VA—-The Birchmere
April 14—-Plymouth, NH—-Flying Monkey
April 15—-Brownfield, ME—-Stone Mountain Arts Center
April 16—-Beverly, MA—-Cabot Theatre
June 24—-Rochester, NY—-Rochester Intl. Jazz Festival