February 13, 2021

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Bootsy Collins

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  • Bootsy Collins, “Stargate”
  • Bootsy Collins, “The Power Of The One” (from Bootsy’s archive)
  • James Brown, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine
  • Funkadelic, “Philmore”
  • Bootsy Collins, “Crushin On U” (from Bootsy’s archive)

How’s your day going? I hope you’re having a good one so far, but if you’re not… that may be about to change. Because today we are joined by the one and only Bootsy Collins.

The funk legend’s latest album is called The Power of the One. That title comes from a simple but powerful musical trick he learned from James Brown — a trick he then introduced to George Clinton. Collins also explains what “the One” is all about, and has stories galore to share: From buying his first guitar (thanks to his childhood newspaper route), to his time playing with Brown and later Clinton in Parliament/Funkadelic, to how he continues to “stay funky.”

Collins also sent us some tracks from his archives that you’ll hear. But we start off with “Stargate” from his new album. a song that features a bevy of special guests: Victor Wooten, Bela Fleck, EmiSunshine and Dr. Cornell West.