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Bootsy Collins celebrates his birthday and releases World Wide Funk in Music City

by Cass Teague

Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins

Funky Good Time celebrates the release of Bootsy Collins’ ‘World Wide Funk’ on Thursday, October 26th at The Basement East for the Album Release Party for Bootsy Collins new record World Wide Funk. This also happens to be Bootsy’s Birthday and expect some very special friends to pop by. The event, featuring DJs Bowls and Case Bloom, will be hosted by the one and only Bootsy Collins himself. Earlier in the day you can meet Bootsy and get an advance copy of his new CD or album (yes, vinyl!) signed, and get a picture with Bootsy, at Grimey’s Records on Eighth Avenue South.

The funk runs deep and rich on ‘World Wide Funk,’ Bootsy Collins’ first studio album since 2011’s ‘Tha Funk Capital of the World’. Populated with musical friends old and new, and recorded in his Cincinnati home’s Bootzilla Re-hab studio, ‘World Wide Funk’ marks both a reckoning and significant reboot, if you will. Blue-chip rappers like Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, DJ Quik, Dru Down, and Chuck D, along with guitar shedder Buckethead join a Bootsy-curated posse of fresh new artists on a record that embraces everything from the classic P-Funk sound Bootsy pioneered to the closest Collins has ever come to radio-active, boots on the ground friendly fire in a musical P-rated adventure. I am especially excited about one track on the cd “Bass-Rigged System”, where Bootsy lays down rib-shattering grooves with bass virtuosos Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke. ‘World Wide Funk’ will be released worldwide on Mascot Records on Friday, October 27.

Bootsy Collins’ influence on popular culture is inescapable. His SOUND and LOOK are literally stitched into the fabric of modern music, be it R&B, Funk, Rock, Hip-Hop or E.D.M. Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Flea, Dr. Dre, Rick James, Prince, Daft Punk, Primus, and Thundercat—to just name a few—are all Brother-Natures’ disciples. Today, a whole new generation of music fans have embraced Bootsy’s legacy via Childish Gambino’ platinum hit “Red Bone”, a loving homage to Collin’s 70’s smash “I’d Rather be with You.”

“Born a long, long time ago in a subterranean cavern full of shining dinosaurs deep below the Ohio River”, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bootsy Collins began his career playing in local Cincinnati bands with his older brother, legendary guitarist Phelp’s “Catfish” Collins. Catching the ear of music legend James Brown, the Collins’ brothers helped the Godfather of Soul form a new foundation of funk. The 1st Responders had arrived! After leaving Brown’s band, Bootsy burst out onto the scene.

“I was already tweaking on the edge and freaking out when I joined James, so it didn’t take much to tip me over and pour me out!” says Bootsy.

Hooking up with George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy was able to indulge his wild artistic fantasies. With Clinton playing the funky pied piper, Bootsy created his alter ego, Bootzilla, a space bass yielding superhero straight out of the pages of the comic books the young Collins read as a child. It was a match made in heaven and together, Clinton and Collins took the sound of black music into the stars — riding on their Mothership Connection.

Embarking on a successful solo career in the late 70’s, sporting his signature star sunglasses, Bootsy cemented the look and sound of a black rock star.

“A Rhinestone Rock Star Monster of a doll baby baba”, Bootsy Collins is one of music’s most sampled artists, allowing new generations to embrace the funk. And where some of his musical peers have resisted new musical art forms, or fallen to the wayside trying to keep up, Bootsy Collins has only thrived keeping Bootz on the Ground.

“The world is going to evolve with you or without you, so my mind was made up to evolve along with it,” Collins explains. It is with this spirit that Bootsy Collins returns with his super charged new album, “World Wide Funk.” It blends classic Bootsy with the sound of the now. Surrounded by a revolving door of classic hip-hop artists, Boots-rap-a-fella is joined by Snoop Dogg, DJ Quick, Chuck D, and Big Daddy Kane who are accompanied by guitar shredders Bucket Head, Justin Johnson and Eric Gales. Old school funk artists like Bernie Worrell also make an appearance, as well as a whole new slew of young artists. “World Wide Funk” promises “That this is the year of the funkateer!” And you can’t fake the funk…. “Yabba dabba doo, baby!”

The Album Release Party is Thursday, October 26 at 9:00 PM (Doors open at 8:00 PM) at The Basement East, 917 Woodland St., Nashville, TN 37206. Admission is only $15 Advance or at the door. I highly recommend that you get your ticket in advance, because this show will sell out. A few notes from the venue: “This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. No Backpacks allowed in the venue. The name on your ID must match the name on your ticket, and they do not accept tickets from 3rd party sites. Most shows are standing room only,” so be prepared to be on your feets. “Handicap accommodations can be arranged. ALL 18 AND OVER SHOWS ARE NO RE-ENTRY. If you leave the venue, you will not be allowed back in.”

Earlier that day, the Bootsy Collins Signing, Meet, & Greet will be hosted by Grimey’s New & Pre-loved Music on Thursday, October 26 from 5 PM – 7 PM at 1604 – 8th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Yabba-dabba-doozay, baba! Bootsy Collins, the world’s only ‘Rhinestone Rock Star Monster of a doll, baby baba!’ will be meeting fans and signing copies of his new album at Grimey’s on his birthday! ‘World Wide Funk’ is the new joint and it officially drops on Friday, October 27th. Pre-order the vinyl ($23.99 + tax) or CD ($14.99 + tax) at Grimey’s now to receive your wristband guaranteeing you an audience with Bootzilla when he appears at Grimey’s on his birthday, Thursday October 26th, from 5-7pm. They will have your records and CDs ready for you a day before release; and you’ll get them signed by the man hisownbadself! Bootsy will only be signing the new album and he will take a photo with fans. Preorders should be placed in person at Grimey’s. Depending on how many spaces are available, they may take orders over the phone.

Just for you hard-core Funkateers, here’s a complete track listing of the new record / CD:
1) World Wide Funk – Iggy Pop proclaims Bootsy’s prehistoric origins on the album’s opener, “World Wide Funk”, where veteran wordsmith Doug E. Fresh and guitar slayer, Buckethead, join Boots-rap-a fella’ on this funkified monster.

2) Bass-Rigged System –The theme to “Mighty Mouse” announces “Bass-Rigged System”, where Bootsy lays down rib-shattering grooves with bass virtuosos, Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke.

3) Pusherman – This funky track might be called “Pusherman”, but the ladies are the ones calling the shots! Joined by Oakland rapper, Dru Down, feminist collective Blvckseeds offer a feminist take on the theory of evolution that would make Nikki Giovani proud.

4) Thera-P – With a nod to the legendary music venue that helped birth the funk, Bootsy enlists the help of Tyshawn Colquitt, the first place winner of Amateur Night at the Apollo. On “Thera-P”, Brother-Nature simultaneously takes a look back at his P-Funk past, while nurturing an emerging voice of the future.

5) Hot Saucer – A face melting guitar solo opens this pane to finger licking foods. “Hot Saucer” features rap veteran Big Daddy Kane Musiq Soulchild, who share verses that will stick to “your body like cheese on grits!”

6) Heaven Yes – Bootsy takes a lead vocal on the soulful pop R&B of “Heaven Yes” a tale of healing through the power of music.

7) Ladies Nite –With stabbing synths and head-bopping bass lines, “Ladies Nite” is sure to get the party started as MC Eiht and Blvcseeds trade verses over a classic Bootsy groover.

8) Candy Coated Lover – Bootsy fills the hole in your soul on “Candy Coated Lover”, a joyful funk pop opus that’s “as sweet as sugar and as smooth as honey.”

9) Snow Bunny –Sporting an infectious schoolyard chant, “Snow Bunny” takes Bootsy’s classic P-Funk sound into a new era.

10) Hi-On-Heels – Electro funk at its best, “Hi-On-Heels” is destined to be a drop top classic. Co-written by Snoop Dogg, Boots rap a fella returns to the streets where “freaks break hearts of steel.”

11) A Salute to Bernie – Part P-Funk reunion and memoriam, “A Salute to Bernie” features the keyboard wizardry of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Bernie Worrell. Over otherworldly synthesizers, Bootsy recounts his friendship with the Wizard of Whoo, who Brother-Nature fondly remembers as “the key to the P-Funk.” May he rest in peace.

12) Boomer-Rang: The First Responder takes a stab at country with Nashville slideguitar hero, Justin Johnson on “Boomer-Rang”, creating a whole new genre, “Groove-Grass!”

13) Worth My While – Bootsy welcomes you to his “milky way” on sultry new single, “Worth My While.” Brother-Nature’s legendary space bass takes center stage, reminding us that there wouldn’t be a Childish Gambino without Bootzilla!

14) Come Back Bootsy – An old school barnburner, “Come Back Bootsy” features renowned blues guitarist Eric Gales, who peels off blistering licks anchored by Bootsy’s famous space bass.

15) Illusions – Featuring Gun n’ Roses’ Buckethead, “Illusions” ends “World Wide Funk” with a guest spot by Chuck D who warns “watch for congress/stopping progress”, proving that Bootsy still has his finger on the pulse of modern culture.

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