At the start of the month, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Bobby Womack for a couple of hours, at Gilles’ Brownswood Studios as the two recorded a Christmas special co-host for BBC 6Music.
I wasn’t too aware of the specifics of Bobby’s history, but it soon became clear he’s lived an incredible life. A genuinely lovely and wise guy, with a real talent for story telling, and of course, an incredible voice.
This week, Gilles Peterson is joined by soul legend, Bobby Womack and his guitar! The two hung out for 2 hours earlier this month, discussing Bobby’s amazing life and career, with a few impromptu covers and jams from Bobby thrown in for good measure.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to fit everything into the show, which airs Saturday 29th December 3-6pm, so here’s a clip you won’t hear anywhere else, with Bobby performing a quick cover of ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’, and discussing Bill Withers’ low profile in recent years.
Bobby first emerged as part of The Valentinos in the early 1960s, before pursuing a solo career that has spanned over five decades. Most recently, he worked with Richard Russell and Damon Albarn on his critically acclaimed comeback album, The Bravest Man In The World. The two discuss Bobby’s career and influences, unearthing a few unexpected musical gems along the way.