Andre Williams: I Wanna Go Back To Detroit City (Bloodshot Records)

The Motor City is smoulderin’…

Andre Williams I Wanna Go Back To Detroit City album artwork

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With Andre Williams fast approaching his 80th birthday, this latest release from the venerable veteran goes some way to proving that age is little more than a number when it comes to making music. Aided and abetted by a number of Detroit luminaries including Dan Kroha (The Gories) on guitar and drummer David Shettler, the album also features contributions from Cat Power and The Dirty Three’s Jim White.

Covering a fine mix of styles ranging from the title track’s psychedelic funk to the country blues and gallows humour of Mississippi Sue and the groove of What Now?, Williams’ sense of fun is palpable, even in the indignation of Detroit (I’m So Glad I Stayed). Motor City is lucky to have him.

Julian Marszalek is the former Reviews Editor of The Blues Magazine. He has written about music for Music365, Yahoo! Music, The Quietus, The Guardian, NME and Shindig! among many others. As the Deputy Online News Editor at Xfm he revealed exclusively that Nick Cave’s second novel was on the way. During his two-decade career, he’s interviewed the likes of Keith Richards, Jimmy Page and Ozzy Osbourne, and has been ranted at by John Lydon. He’s also in the select group of music journalists to have actually got on with Lou Reed. Marszalek taught music journalism at Middlesex University and co-ran the genre-fluid Stow Festival in Walthamstow for six years.