After 20 years, The Bacon Brothers, the band led by Michael and Kevin Bacon, is clearly not just something the younger does for a vacation from acting. According to Kevin, he's simply twice blessed for doing two things he loves.
“People think that at this point I must be so sick of acting, but nothing could be further from the truth,” the “Footloose” star says from his home in Litchfield, CT. “I still get a tremendous charge from it and hopefully I am getting better and better at it, and keep exploring new worlds.”
Surprisingly, it is Michael, who is based in New York City, who admits touring makes for a nice change of scene. “It’s a very different kind of life,” he says. “In New York, I’m always so busy all the time with movie and TV scoring, and teaching, and composing.”
Kevin might be the better known of the two, but Michael had quite the debut when his four-movement “Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra" aired at The Schimmel Center in Manhattan last March.
“It’s classical, but in the sense of twentieth century classical,” Michael explains of his departure from the Bacon Brothers’ rootsy rock. “I’ve been a cellist all my life, but it took a long time to get this piece out.”
Meanwhile, Kevin has a new TV series set to air via Amazon: “I Love Dick,” a relationship story is based on Chris Kraus' much-touted 1997 novel, and “Patriot’s Day,” Mark Wahlberg's movie based on the Boston Marathon bombing.
Touring is when the Philly natives find time to work out new songs: “Once we’re on the road, they start to come out. We have four or five new ones now,” explains Michael. The first hint of a follow-up to their 2014 album “36 cents” is the new single “Driver.”
“That’s one of mine,” declares Kevin. “It’s a complicated story, but I drew a picture for Hilda,” he says referring to his sister, “and the memories kept popping out about driving around with her one summer. Most of the songs we write are in the personal realm."
So how do the brothers explain one titled “Hookers and Blow,” which opens “36 cents”?
“The song started as a joke: we live boring lives really and people ask what did you do this weekend, and I’ll quip, ‘Oh, the usual — hookers and blow,’” says Kevin. “I’ve spent enough time in Hollywood and seen people fall to addictions. Not just actors, but family and friends, too. In the end the song didn’t turn out to be a funny one.”
The Bacon Brothers perform at The Cabot in Beverly, MA Jul 14; the City Winery in New York, Jul 18 & 19; and at Ocean City Music Pier, NJ, Aug 10.