Andre Williams on Kick Out the Jams This Sunday July 18

Andre Williams, genius of filthy greasy genius R&B (Bacon Fat, Jailbait, Twine Time, Shake a Tail Feather, many many many more) came to Sirius Satellite Radio last spring and we did an almost one hour interview. We covered the entirety of his career in general, his struggles with drugs and alcohol, pimping and gambling, in music and out of it. The occasion was the publication of Sweet, the novel that he wrote (based on a true story) while he was in rehab, which was published by the great folks at Norton Records, one of the most indispensable record lables, home to much of the finest in trash rock, madman rockabilly, and shithouse crazy R&B.

What makes the interview really special, I think, is Andre’s open emotionalism. He’s extremely pleased that I know his music (even if I make my perpetual conversational error of mixing up Nolan Strong and Nathaniel Mayer), and when he’s discussin the book and rehab, makes a very personal tribute to Miriam Linna of Norton, who’s standing right there. I expected many things, including a bit of rash talk (and got it, contributed to it even) but not such a touching moment.

Which shows what my expectations are worth. A safer standard: Jim Rotolo, my litmus test for how we’ve done, thinks this is great.

Ten to noon on The Loft. Be there or … well, compared to Andre you’ll probably still feel square. I do.

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