9/19/2009 - Mayer Hawthorne Dj Set
Stones Throw recording artist Mayer Hawthorne grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, just outside of Detroit, and vividly remembers, as a child, driving with his father and tuning the car radio in to the rich soul and jazz history the region provided. Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit, claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland Jr.The retro tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf by mutual friend Noelle Scaggs of the Rebirth, even his current boss was skeptical. He showed me two songs and I didnt understand what I was listening to, Wolf recalls. I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of I couldnt believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments.On Saturday September 19th, 2009 Mayer Hawthorne will be dropping by CD WORLD to sign some autographs and spin some of his favorite tunes on vinyl. He 'll be performing later that night at the WOW Hall in Eugene. His debut album ' A Strange Arrangement' is available now at a low sale price!