Singer Bernard Fowler has been around for close to 40 years. In addition to fronting his own bands Sirrius and Nicklebag, he’s been the frontman for Tackhead and performed on an unbelievable number of records, many of them as a member of Bill Laswell‘s company of musicians. Since 1989, he’s also been a backup singer for the Rolling Stones, which is where his new album comes from. Inside Out is a collection of Stones songs, radically re-interpreted in a Gil Scott-Heron/Last Poets spoken-word style; it’s one of the most fascinating projects I’ve heard all year, and really proves that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are kind of underrated as lyricists.
In this interview, we talk about his work with Bill Laswell and Adrian Sherwood, his solo career, his time with the Rolling Stones, and much, much more. Very few people have had a career as far-ranging as Bernard Fowler, or worked with as many people as he has, so I hope you’ll enjoy this episode. I very much enjoyed talking to him.
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Music heard in this episode:
Bernard Fowler, “Undercover of the Night” (Inside Out)
Bernard Fowler, “Sister Morphine” (Inside Out)