Cincinnati Funk Icon Bootsy Collins to Drop New Album, 'The Power of the One'

Bootsy is celebrating his October album release — and birthday — with a livestreamed and aptly titled "Bootsy Collins Album Release Galactic Birthday Bash"

click to enlarge It's Bootsy, baby - Photo: Nick Presniakov
Photo: Nick Presniakov
It's Bootsy, baby

The ever funky Bootsy Collins has announced he's dropping a new album in October.

The Power of the One is out Oct. 23 on Bootzilla Records/Sweetwater Studios.

“Music is always a soother, a healer, and that’s how I want to use this record,” Bootsy says. 

“The Power of the One is what pulls us through. Everyone has 'The One' inside of them. You never know who is using you for guidance, so always be pure and never fake the funk. Everybody’s got a light. Everybody needs to shine. It’s there, we just have to trust and use the guidance that is within us, and know that The One knows your program. It was written inside your heart before you made that mad dash racing to be the first one to the egg! You are perfect in the eyes of The One." 

The album — started at Sweetwater Studios and finished during the pandemic in Bootsy's own Boot-Cave Studios — features multiple guests on a variety of tracks:

  • Christian McBride, also a James Brown bandmember, plays on “Funkship Area-51";
  • Snoop Dogg does vocals on “Jam On," with Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on lead guitar;
  • Blues guitarist Christone "Kingfish" Ingram plays on “Creepin’”; 
  • Cincinnati's Emmaline sings on "the Latin song" called "Lips Turn Blue”;  
  • Dr. Cornel West, Victor Wooten, Béla Fleck, Steve Jordan, EmiSunshine, Rod Castro, The Williams Singers and Az Yet make appearances on “Stargate”;
  • Branford Marsalis plays on “Club Funkateers” and Collins’ own arrangement of Sly and the Family Stone’s “WantMe2Stay”;
  • and Larry Graham plays bass and American Idol's Uché sings on “WantMe2Stay."

Bootsy will be doing a livestream 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET Oct. 23 called the "Bootsy Collins Album Release Galactic Birthday Bash." As the name suggests, the party is for Bootsy's birthday and the album release (the line-up has not yet been announced); $10 tickets can be purchased at thebootcave.com.

Born Oct. 26, 1951 and approaching his 69th birthday, Bootsy says, “I don’t ever want to grow up and lose that kid inside of me. That’s the guy who really keeps me going. I’m always experiencing and learning new things.”  

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