The Bacon Brothers Share the Secret to a Long Marriage on 'Play!': Premiere

 Jeff Fasano
Bacon Brothers

The Bacon Brothers are ready to "Play!" in front of their upcoming Shaky Ground Tour, with a new single premiering exclusively below.

The funky, uptempo track was written by Kevin Bacon and follows the sibling duo's self-titled 2018 album. And its message not only hits close to home for the actor-musician -- it comes from home. "I'm always doing some kind of press, it seems like, and so often this question of my marriage comes up and how long we've been married; 'How do you do it?'" says Bacon, who’s been married to actress Kyra Sedgwick since 1988. "You hear a lot of people say, 'Well, y'know, marriage is work.' And I thought to myself, 'Well, maybe...' For us it's really more about play. So that's really where the song came from, just kind of an answer to, 'Well, how come you guys are still married? You must really work at it.' Not, it's more like we play."

As for what "Play!" sounds like, Bacon cites the influence of Nile Rodgers and Chic, including Rodgers' collaboration with Daft Punk on "Get Lucky," as well as Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk." "Funk music was a really big influence on me, whether or not it's made its way into our music a lot," Bacon explains. "'Go My Way' was definitely in this pocket, maybe some others. I love listening to funk. I like those kinds of records, so that's the way I heard ('Play!'), a kind of guitar-driven funk sound."

The Bacon Brothers' video for "Play," meanwhile, will feature footage submitted by fans and others -- including some of Michael Bacon's music students at Lehman College -- playing in various ways. It also incorporates film speed techniques the duo experimented with on the video for "Boys in Bars" from its 1997 debut album.

"Play!" is the first of seven new songs the Bacons have submitted to their manager, according to Michael. "So we're three-quarters of the way to a new CD, if CDs even exist anymore," he says. "We kind of live and die by the songs and the songwriting. We've had times where we've been in a drought for a couple of years, but they seem to be coming now. I'm just hoping (management) likes the songs and we can figure out what the next step is. The lovely thing about our management is they look at us and say, 'OK, you guys write the songs, get your band out there and play and we'll take care of all the rest of the stuff.'"

Kevin Bacon notes "every time I write a song, I think it's the last one -- 'Well, that was it. That was a lot of fun.'" But he says the ability to not worry about having an LP's worth of tunes may actually make it easier for him and his brother to be more prolific. "One thing now is we're more open to co-writes, which is very, very huge," he says. "Country's always had that vibe, but in rock and pop you basically wrote your own tunes. We're just starting to dabble in working with others." That includes Desmond Child during a recent session in early June. "It was certainly a completely different method of songwriting than I've ever done," Michael says. "It was really kind of eye-opening and refreshing to sit down with someone who's had so much success and see what their process is."

The Bacons remain busy in their day jobs, of course. Kevin's new TV show, City On a Hill, recently began running on Showtime, while You Should Have Left, a suspense thriller based on the novel by Daniel Kehlmann, is awaiting a release date. Michael, meanwhile, recently scored the short Master Maggie, which was shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and adds that "there's always stuff I'm doing. Right now I'm not really busy, but I have some warhorses and chestnut clients that keep things going on in the background."

The Bacon Brothers' Shaky Ground Tour dates include:

July 13---Millville, NJ---Levoy Theatre
July 14---Dewey Beach, DE---Bottle & Cork
July 18---Hopewell, VA---The Beacon Theatre
July 19-21---Alexandria, VA---The Birchmere
July 23---Durham, NC---Carolina Theatre
July 25---Charleston, SC--Charleston Music Hall
July 27--Peachtree City, GA---Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre
July 28---Ocala, FL---Reilly Arts Center
August 3---Las Vegas, NV---Red Rock Casino Resort Spa
August 4---Phoenix, AZ---Musical Instrument Museum
August 5---Solana Beach, CA---Belly Up Tavern
Aug 7---San Juan Capistrano, CA---The Coach House
Aug 8---Agoura Hills, CA---The Canyon
Aug 9-10---Napa, CA---Blue Note Napa
Aug 17---Kent, OH---The Kent Stage
Aug 18---Lexington, MI---Lexington Village Theatre
Aug 19-20---Arlington Heights, IL---Metropolis Performing Arts Center
Aug 21---Minneapolis, MN---Dakota
Aug 23---Riverside, IA---Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Aug 24--Fort Wayne, IND---ClydeTheatre
Aug 25---Pittsburgh, PA---Jergel's Rhythm Grille
Sep 19-20---New York, NY---Sony Hall
Sep 21---Ridgefield, CT---Ridgefield Playhouse
Oct 3-4--Franklin, TN--The Franklin Theatre
Oct 5--Frankfort, KY--The Grand Theatre
Oct 11--Fort Worth, TX--Billy Bob's Texas
Oct 12--Lubbock, TX--Cactus Theatre


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