I first heard about The Roots living in NYC in 1995. I picked up their first major label album Do You Want More?!!!??! and couldn’t stop listening to it. I completely wore out “You Got Me” from their third album, Things Fall Apart. Their latest album, How I Got Over, was just released in June.
I pretend to be a drummer on occasion and had always admired ?uestlove (aka Ahmir Thompson), drummer for The Roots, but developed a serious man crush after seeing him at a live show during SXSW in 2006 for Before the Music Dies. I didn’t know about his bandleading skills until that performance, something that would become much more evident when The Roots began their stint as the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s takeover of Late Night from Conan O’Brien (the only redeeming aspect of that change, in my opinion).
?uestlove also does guest DJ stints displaying his encyclopedic knowledge of music and will do one tonight immediately following the Austin City Limits taping at Red 7 at 9pm. It’s $8 in advance (try End of An Ear records) and $10 at the door and probably will sell out.
Tonight’s Austin City Limits taping will be with John Legend. Their collaboration, Wake Up, will be released on September 21st. I caught one song at a Central Park performance on Good Morning America a couple of weeks ago. The collaboration is inspired by the presidential election campaign of 2008 and is a mix of covers and originals. VH1 has a bunch of behind the scenes videos promoting the album. I’ll post a review of the taping tomorrow.
Here are the air dates for Season 36 of Austin City Limits which airs locally on KLRU on Saturday nights at 7pm:
October 2, 2010 Jimmy Cliff
October 9, 2010 Spoon
October 16, 2010 Patty Griffin & Friends
October 23, 2010 Alejandro Escovedo / Trombone Shorty
October 30, 2010 Robert Earl Keen / Hayes Carll
November 6, 2010 Steve Martin / Sarah Jarosz
November 13, 2010 Rosanne Cash / Brandi Carlile
November 20, 2010 John Legend & The Roots