Photograph courtesy of Music Allies
Got a minute? The Bacon Brothers—actor Kevin and his brother Michael—open up about their band's fifth studio album, their popularity in New Jersey, and autographing a prosthetic leg.
Q: How do you find the time to record New Year's Day with Kevin's busy acting career?
Michael: We did it in pieces, in all of the band's home studios. Kevin did stuff in his place, we did the vocals at my place, and the drummer has a setup in his basement. We were never in the same room together, except for background vocals.
Kevin: It's always a juggling act. I'm flying around all over the place. If it was just acting, it would be easier, but there's so much in between. I'm developing material to direct, and my wife [Kyra Sedgwick] is on a show in L.A. You can't complain about it too much. It's the life I chose, and there's a lot I get out of it.
Q: You've been making music since you were teenagers. What did you do before forming the band?
Kevin: We had a big family—grew up in Philadelphia. Our parents were extremely into the creative arts. If you came home and brought an instrument, or a painting that you'd made, or put on a show or did a dance, that was way more important than making money, getting good grades, or any of the things that normal families value. When I was a kid, my brother was already off on a music career. I looked up to him and thought I'd love to do that, but he was already doing it. So when I was 13, I started taking an acting class. Later we'd try to write songs for my movies—they were all rejected.
Q: Where are your most popular gigs?
Michael: New Jersey. There's something about that state that just kind of clicked. We've never figured out why. Also Southern California, below L.A. [Laughs] Not as well in our hometown of Philadelphia.
Q: What's your fan base like?
Kevin: It's a lot of women. Usually when you go to the concerts, you have some people who are just curiosity-seekers who want to see someone in movies. But in certain pockets of the country, people actually know the songs. That's a great feeling. We signed a woman's artificial leg once. She was a really sweet lady. She was scheduled to have her leg removed, and she put the operation off so she could come to the show. Next time we were in town, she came back and asked us to sign her new limb.
Q: That's dedication.
Kevin: [Laughs] Hey, she wanted us to, so we did it. Ryan Wenzel
The Bacon Brothers perform "Go My Way" at Lincoln Square