Monday, December 29, 2014
Melismatics "The Future is History" now available
This digital-only collection of previously unreleased tracks and rarities spans the band's career of over a decade. From Ryan's original teenage demos to songs recorded in between albums that slipped through the cracks, this compilation is a MUST for any Melismatics Fanatic. 12 stellar tracks! Available now on iTunes.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Melismatics digital single "Celebrate Your Heartbeat" released Nov 18!
Watch for the digital release of the new Melismatics single "Celebrate Your Heartbeat" on Nov 18 via iTunes and all other online digital stores. This catchy single is the follow-up to The last Pravda release "Rising Tide" and continues in the Melismatics' traditional high energy and melodic style.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Pravda 30th Anniversary DJ party at Delilah's Sun Aug 31 in Chicago
Celebrate 30 years of Pravda Records Sun Aug 31 at Delilah's Bar in Chicago. Pravda Head Honcho Kenn Goodman will be spinning records along with VP Sheila Sachs. There will be SWAG as well! Free Cds, records, and T-shirts. This is a free event. Delilah's is located at 2771 N Lincoln Ave in Chicago. 9PM.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Pravda at Pitchfork
Come visit the Pravda Pop Up Record Store booth at Pitchfork July 18-19-20 in Chicago. We'll have new shirts, Lps, Cds and more! Come say Hi!
Friday, May 23, 2014
New Duncan Imperials reunite for 25th anniversary gigs!
The New Duncan Imperials will celebrate 25 years of mayhem with 2 shows in July. On Fri July 25th, the band will perform their debut Pravda cd, "Hanky Panky Parley Voo!" in it's entirety at Fitzgeralds nightclub in Berwyn IL. Tickets are available now through ticketweb.com. On Sat July 26th, the band will perform an outdoor concert at RIBCO in Rock Island IL. This will be a concert covering the entire catalog of New Duncan Imperials classics. Don't miss these shows!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Lab Partners release "Seven Seas" on April 22
In conjunction with Record Store Day, The Lab Partners will release "Seven Seas", their second release on Pravda Records. It will be available on limited edition colored 2 vinyl set, cd, and is available now on iTunes. It is a beautiful record from these space-rock veterans from Dayton, OH.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Melismatics US tour dates!
10/24/13 Indianapolis, IN The Melody Inn
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Andre Williams andthe Goldstars European Tour Dates!
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Melismatics "Rising Tide" available now!
Rising Tide by The Melismatics is available worldwide.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
New Melismatics record hits the street Oct 1
Watch for more details for the new Melismatics record "Rising Tide" on Pravda Records Oct 1, 2013. Meanwhile the band continues to tour relentlessly!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Pravda Artists at SXSW 2013
Catch The Melismatics and The Diplomats of Solid Sound at SXSW in Austin TX this week!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
New Duncan Imperials Reunite Nov 23-24
The New Duncan Imperials will reun ite for 2 shows Nov 23 and 24 to play all the classics! Fri Nov 23 will be at Gabes Oasis in Iowa City and Sat Nov 24 will be at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn IL. End your Thanksgiving weekend with these nights of trashy rock!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Pravda at Pitchfork
Stop by our booth at the Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend July 13-14-15 in Chicago. We will be selling CDs, records, t-shirts, and singles. CHEAP!!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Fetch releases 2nd single June 19!
Chicagoans Fetch release their second single in their series of Pravda releases June 19. The limited edition green vinyl includes the songs "Don't Tell Me" b/w "The Game" and will be available also on iTunes shortly. The band celebrates with a CD release show Wed June 20 at Martyrs in Chicago along with Pravda faves- The Melismatics.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Andre Williams and the Goldstars announce World Tour 2012
To celebrate Andre's 75th birthday and the release of "Nightclub" on Pravda Records and "Hoods and Shades" on Bloodshot Records, Andre and the Goldstars are hitting the road to prove that Andre is still the coolest man on earth. Please watch for them in these fine cities across the world.
Thurs Mar 22 Madison WI- High Noon Saloon
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Pravda Artists at SXSW 2012
Pravda Recording artists The Melismatics and The Diplomats of Solid Sound will be performing at SXSW in Austin.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Fetch Record Release party Thursday Feb 23rd in Chicago!
Fetch celebrates the release of their shiny new Pravda vinyl single with a live gig at Pancho's, 2200 N California Thurs Feb 23rd at 10 pm. The limited edition colored vinyl of Time Being b/w Sidewalk Tree will be available at the show. Pick it up while they last!
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
New Melismatics Video -Divided Devotions from Mania!
Monday, February 6, 2012
7" vinyl coming from Fetch!
Pravda returns to 7" vinyl releases with a limited edition release by Chicago's Fetch. The new single "Time Being" b/w "Sidewalk Tree" hits the streets Tues Feb 14. This hot pink/red vinyl makes a lovely Valentines gift. Ordering info coming soon!
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Melismatics new release Mania! out Jan 10, 2012 on Pravda
Pravda is thrilled to welcome the Melismatics to our roster in 2012. Hailing from Minneapolis, the Melismatics are a hard touring, infectious, and addictive band that you have to see live. Watch for them to tour worldwide in support of this release. Stay tuned!
Monday, October 10, 2011
New Duncan Imperials to play final shows Oct 14-15
After 21 years the New Duncan Imperials will play their final shows Oct 14 at Beat Kitchen in Chicago and Oct 15 at Rascals in Moline IL.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
NDI - Drinking Songs
Do you like to drink? Is this a stupid question? If you answered 'yes' to both, please check out "Drinking Songs" by The New Duncan Imperials on iTunes for $5.99! We put together 12 classic NDI drinking songs for your overindulgence. This is a special digital only release...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The following classic Pravda Records titles are on sale now @ iTunes for $5.99:
V/A - "This Is Our Music: A Pravda Compilation Vol. 2"
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Civil Tones new album "City Stoopin'"
Cool soul-soaked R&B instrumental grooves straight outta St. Louis, Missouri...
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Andre Williams w/The Goldstars in EUROPE May 2011
ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE GOLDSTARS -- Dirty Old Man Euro Tour 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Hanky Panky Parley Voo! ON SALE!!
The album that put The New Duncan Imperials on the map & inadvertently started a silly string revolution - 'Hanky Panky Parley Voo!' is on sale now @ iTunes for $5.99! They'll be making a rare Chicago appearance next Thursday, April 21st @ Redline Tap (7000 N Glenwood Ave)...
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
ON SALE NOW!
The Ruiners' bombastic 10 song slab "Happy Birthday Bitch" is on sale now at iTunes for $7.99! Pick it up today!!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Happy New Year from Pravda Records! To show our appreciation for a stellar 2010, we'd like to offer you a FREE download link of our "V/A - Pravda Records: The First 25 Years" sampler.
This sampler contains (25) tracks by (25) different Pravda Records artists spanning our entire history. Here is the FREE download link. Cheers!!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
'What Goes Around Comes Around' -- PRESS
Mr. Suave's Mod Mod World - One of 2010's best!
Jersey Beat - scroll down a bit
Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album here!!
Friday, October 8, 2010
'What Goes Around Comes Around' OUT NOW!
"What Goes Around Comes Around" by Diplomats Of Solid Sound can be ordered here:
Digital Downloads can be ordered at:
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
More reviews of 'Happy Birthday Bitch' by The Ruiners
Detroit Free Press - FEATURE!
Sound Opinions - Buried Treasures episode w/The Ruiners
Podcasters With Attitude interview with Rick Ruiner
Fast Film - review by legendary punk/rock photographer Heather Harris!
Monday, September 20, 2010
New Diplomats Of Solid Sound album coming soon!
Pravda Records (in association w/Record Kicks - Italy) proudly presents the fifth full-length by Iowa City Ambassadors of groove The Diplomats Of Solid Sound titled "What Goes Around Comes Around", entirely mixed and edited by Lack Of Afro (Freestyle) and inspired by the sounds of the best 60s style soul and funk. Having already cut 4 full-length albums, "Instrumental Action Soul" (Prescription Records - 2001), "Let´s Cool One"(Estrus Records - 2003) and "Destination Get Down!" (Estrus Records - 2005) & self-titled “Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes” (Pravda Records/Record Kicks 2008) the band is just getting warmed up. “What Goes Around Comes Around” is chocked full of irresistible funk and soul bombs ready to melt your heart or make you shake it on the dance-floor, strongly confirming their standing in the contemporary funk and soul scene.
Release date is 10.12.10 but you can pre-order it now HERE.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Ruiners OUT NOW!!!
"Happy Birthday Bitch" by The Ruiners is OUT NOW!!! You can order the CD at:
Also ask you local record store!
Digital Downloads can be purchased at:
And many other digital outlets!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The hype is building!
Check out the advanced reviews of "Happy Birthday Bitch" by The Ruiners (release date is 08.24.10):
Vocalo.org review by Jim Derogatis
Jersey Beat (click & scroll down a bit)
Monday, July 19, 2010
The Ruiners "Happy Birthday Bitch" COMING 08.24.10!!
Friday, July 2, 2010
More great press reviews of "Moonlight Music"!
Space Rock Reviews by Ian Abrahams
Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album here!!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Pravda Records signs The Ruiners!
Pravda Records would like to announce the signing of thee most dangerous band in Detroit, Michigan…maybe the World?? - THE RUINERS! They’re a wild and fantastic beast; pure white lightning & sexy self-destruction. Club bannings, beatings, court enforced restraining orders, jail terms, cat fights, pregnancies, bankruptcies, heart attacks, overdoses, emergency room visits, fire, lost passports, occasional nudity and a Christmas day death threat have all been part of The Ruiners 10 year ride.
August 2010 Pravda Records be unleashing the new album “Happy Birthday Bitch!” which is destine to be thee greatest party record of all time, with a lot of fuzzed out sounds, primitive drums, plenty of sex appeal and greasy bar room grit - that is what The Ruiners do best…
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Moonlight Music PRESS
Press reviews of "Moonlight Music" by Lab Partners. Check them out:
Hey, don't forget to pick up the new album!!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Lab Partners - Moonlight Music OUT NOW!
You can purchase Moonlight Music directly from our webiste by visiting: Pravda Records
Also purchase it online at:
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Moonlight Music coming soon!
We are proud to announce the upcoming release of "Moonlight Music" by Dayton, OH's Lab Partners on Tuesday, March 16th 2010. On this, their third full-length album they continue to craft such immaculately perfect dream pop with more power, clarity and confidence than ever before. Now after 10+ years of writing, recording & touring, Lab Partners find themselves at the forefront of their peers, having carved out their own niche of what some music lovers & critics call space rock, dream pop, indie rock & shoegazer.
Here are some upcoming "Moonlight Music" tour dates:
March 13th 2010 @ Southgate House, Newport, KY
Friday, January 15, 2010
Help us celebrate!
Lots happening for our 25th Anniversary celebration. Please help us celebrate! Here is a rundown:
Friday, January 15th 2010 - 88.7 WLUW FM, Razor & Di Show will be interviewing founder Kenn Goodman and will be featuring our music from 4:30 - 5:30 pm (CST). You can stream the broadcast live HERE.
Sunday, January 17th 2010 - Pravda Records Nite @ Delilah's (2771 N. Lincoln Ave) in Chicago. DJs Kenn & Matt (plus a surprise DJ) will be spinning Pravda music all night long. We'll also have lots of free give-a-ways and drink specials. Starts @ 8:30 pm. Requests are welcome!
Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 93.1 WXRT FM, The Eclectic Company w/Jon Langford will be dedicating the entire 2 hour broadcast to Pravda Records (plus interview w/Kenn Goodman). Show is from 10:00 pm - 12:00 am (CST) and you can stream the broadcast live HERE.
Wednesday, January 20th 2010 - Pravda 25th article in Time Out Chicago. Top live show!
Friday, January 22nd 2010 - Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot calling our 25th Anniversary show 'Top Weekend Show'.
Friday, January 22nd 2010 - Feature article in Chicago Sun-Times music section. Music critic Jim Derogatis sat down with founder Kenn Goodman and talked about all things Pravda Records.
Friday, January 22nd 2010 - Our 25th Anniversary special concert at the Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace, at Elston). Starring three Pravda Records stalwarts, The Service, The Slugs and Boom Hank. Advance tickets on sale now and can be purchased HERE.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Pravda to celebrate 25th Anniversary @ Abbey Pub in Chicago
Chicago, IL – Influential independent Chicago record label Pravda Records is proud to announce a celebration of its 25th Anniversary with a special concert at The Abbey Pub (3420 W. Grace, at Elston). Starring three Pravda Records stalwarts, The Service, The Slugs and Boom Hank, the concert takes place Friday, January 22, with advance tickets on sale now.
In addition to celebrating a quarter of a century of acclaimed releases by such other notable acts as Wake Ooloo, The New Duncan Imperials, The Farmers, Cheer Accident, The Sleepers, The Goldstars, Andre Williams, Glenn Mercer, Tiny Tim, Big Daddy Sun, The Young Fresh Fellows, Civil Tones, Susan Voelz and many more, this show marks the first time in more than a decade that these three bands have appeared together on the same bill.
The Service was Pravda’s flagship band, and Pravda Records grew out of a desire for the band (formed in DeKalb, IL in the early ‘80s) to release their own material. They honed their melodic, punk-infused roots rock over the course of five studio LPs and incessant, nationwide touring. Recently revitalized, they’ve been stepping back into the spotlight and performing with their trademark fury and skill, and now enjoy the enviable position of being able to choose from a wealth of stellar material to build their set lists. Word has it they’re even testing new material.
The Slugs’ return is certainly one of the most curious of the evening, not to mention one of the most hotly anticipated among the band’s still large and loyal following. Throughout its 20-plus-year history, the group was known just as much for its fiery, wildly spontaneous performances and soaring pop as it was for its storied inter-group tensions. The band’s performances have been scarce at best since the 2000 release of their acclaimed third album, “Junior”, a driving collection of urgent, well-crafted Midwestern pop/rock, and with no plans for further shows following this one, Slugs fans are encouraged not to miss this event.
Boom Hank may be the most enigmatic of the three bands, having followed the searing, melodic, defiantly raw roots rock of their Pravda debut “Nuisance” with the skewed, murky post rock of the Brian Deck produced “Ishly Ghost Fly Your I & Y”. That Boom Hank can so gleefully thumb their nose at musical convention while remaining so accessible is a tribute to their dexterity as musicians as well as the quality of their material.
Pravda Records continues to release new material, and is in the process of making its large back catalog of vinyl-only releases available digitally for the first time ever. Recent years have seen the company (formed by The Service’s keyboardist Kenn Goodman, a Skokie native) increasing its song licensing efforts and finding great global success with television, commercial and movie placements for its artists. This show pays a long overdue tribute to Goodman’s vision, Pravda’s high caliber stable of talent, and a sensibility that, while rooted in the do-it-yourself-and-do-it-on-vinyl heyday when the seeds of indie rock were being planted, continues an unchallenged relevance in this day of the digital download. Long Live Pravda!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Just in time for the Holidays, a classic Pravda Records release is now available digitally for the first time! You can now download:
Thirteen Nightmares "Shitride" (1989) - iTunes link.
A loud, fascinating collision of guitars and socially aware lyrics. The only release by this Lincoln, Nebraska band whose members made up the trio Mercy Rule. "Shitride" was way ahead of it's time, sounding even more relevant today than it's original release in 1989.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
More classic Pravda vinyl now available digitally!
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, for the first time we're making MORE classic Pravda Records releases available for download on iTunes (and many other digital outlets). You can now download:
Keep an eye out for EVEN MORE classic Pravda Records releases available digitally soon!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Classic Pravda vinyl now available digitally!
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, for the first time we're making classic Pravda Records releases available for download on iTunes (and many other digital outlets)! You can now downloads:
Keep an eye out for MORE classic Pravda Records releases available digitally soon!
Also, check out these other new Pravda digital only releases:
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
TV Loves Pravda Music in September
Here are some recent Pravda Records & Pravda Music artist placed on TV & Film in September:
*Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes "Come In My Kitchen" & "Budget Fro" on Entourage - HBO
*Crispy Bess "Skipper Eats a Mammich" and "Gee, Mr Peebles" on Katie Morgan's Sex Quiz - HBO
*The Goldstars "It's All About You" on national radio ad campaign for the Travel Channel's - Man v. Food
*New Duncan Imperials "Date with Cha Cha" on House Of Jazmin - MTV
*The Krinkles "So Many Girls" on House Of Jazmin - MTV
*The Melismatics "Going For The Kill" on Jockeys - Animal Planet
*Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes "Hurt Me So (Lack of Afro Rmx)" on upcoming movie "American Virgin" starring Rob Schneider
*Death Ships "Knocks Over Time" & "Summetrical Lines" on The T.O. Show - VH1
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
NDI 20th Anniversary Tour
It's hard to believe, but New Duncan Imperials sprung to life in Chicago 20 years ago as they startled the club scene with its overpowering live show and reckless disregard for boundaries, confronting unsuspecting crowds with a blizzard of gloriously heavy riffage and free-association lyrics that ran the course from the Brady Bunch to Friedrich Nietzsche. And after countless CD/LP/cassette/8-track releases, several grueling tours, hundreds of confetti cannons blasts, miles of silly string spray & mountains of “free shit” handed out to fans, NDI keeps on rolling along with a grin.
All these years Iowa & Illinois have always held a special place in the boy’s hearts, so it’s only fitting they kick off this special 20th Anniversary Tour with shows @ The Mill in Iowa City, IA on Friday, August 21st & Rascals in Moline, IL on Saturday, August 22nd. Also to mark this historic achievement, Pravda Records will be releasing a special 20th anniversary edition of their first album “Hanky Panky Parley Voo!” in August. This CD will contain the classic album re-mastered with rare bonus material.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The Service Re-Surface
In the Chicago rock scene of the 1980's there were few bands like The Service. An adventurous, full-speed-ahead, deeply American rock band, The Service never achieved the fame -- or notoriety -- of fellow midwesterners The Replacements or Husker Du. But like those bands, they define a time and a state of mind that reflected the liberating effects of the punk and new wave revolutions. The Service roamed the land in the days when a band could, without warning, break into a half-baked country cover; break up laughing in the middle of a "serious" moment; and then break your heart with a song that somehow summed up everything you were going through in your own life. They played with abandon and good humor, and they left a legacy of recorded material and vivid memories.
Now they are back! This is not some one-off reunion, but something much more. I don't mean to be weird, but this ragged American rock n' roll band STILL has something to prove. Please catch them at Otto's in Dekalb, IL on August 23rd 2009. The Service still have 'it' and are eagar to deliver...
Please visit The Service MySpace site for updates & more information.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Black Smokers - PRESS
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Black Smokers invade US & join Pravda Records!
The Black Smokers are passionate about the blues tradition but hate to follow all the rules. From Alessandria, Italy, this downhome-psycho-rock-blues duo doesn’t hide their deep love for Delta Blues artists such as Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson & Blind Lemon Jefferson. More recent influences include RL Burnside, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash & AC/DC. In March 2009 we’ll be releasing their new album titled “Used” and you’ll hear guitarist Marcello “Blues” Milanese & drummer Ivano “Little Lung” Zanotti’s strong desire to keep things simple, loose and in the moment. After releasing several albums and touring extensively in Europe, they took the US by storm in 2008. Along the way, Black Smokers raised eyebrows and laid their foundation. Now armed with a brand new album, look for a triumphant return in early March (specific tour dates coming soon). Please visit Black Smokers Myspace site for updates & more information.
Monday, November 24, 2008
End Of Phase One - press
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
End Of Phase One is here!
Well hallelujah it's finally here! The first album by The New Duncan Imperials "End Of Phase One" in eight years and it was well worth the wait. You can pick up the CD online here:
Also ask for it at your local record shop!
Here's where you can download it:
Thursday, July 31, 2008
It's hard to believe it now, but before 1989 no band had ever combined the explosive elements of white trash culture, Dada art and Chuck Berry. There was a gaping hole in the fabric of popular entertainment and the New Duncan Imperials sewed it up. Springing to life in Chicago almost 20 years ago, the band startled the club scene with its overpowering live show and reckless disregard for boundaries, confronting unsuspecting crowds with a blizzard of gloriously heavy riffage and free-association lyrics that ran the course from the Brady Bunch to Friedrich Nietzsche.
On Tuesday, October 7th Pravda Records will proudly release the first new album by The New Duncan Imperials in nearly eight years titled "End Of Phase One". Bristling with the kind of straight-ahead-yet-twisted songs that characterize their best work, this album reveals a band that is tough, vital, and still poking rock in the ribs.
To get a sneak preview, check out the NDI myspace site
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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Thursday, June 19, 2008
Comeback Special reviews!
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Pravda artists on TV
The Sleepers track "Dirty Cop" off the new CD "Comeback Special" was just used on the season finale of the hit CW show "Reaper". "Reaper" season one also featured music by Pravda artists: The Civil Tones, The Goldstars & The Diplomats Of Solid Sound. Click here for more details.
The first season of TV Land's ”High School Reunion” used The Goldstars tracks: "It's All About You", "She's Late", "Purple Girlfriend", "DMV" & “Angry Eyes” off their latest CD “Purple Girlfriend”. You can also hear “Fire” off "Purple Girlfriend" on episode #2 of Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club season 2”.
The Civil Tones track “Road Rage” off the CD “Soul Bucket” can be heard on MTV’s "The Paper".
The Service song "Mine" is currently being used in a national TV/Radio/Internet ad campaign for KFC. This exclusive The Service song can be heard on our new Pravda compilation "Download, Dig It Or Die".
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Looking for ringtones & wallpaper from Pravda artist such as: Andre Williams, New Duncan Imperials and The Goldstars? If so, please text 'pravda' to 32852 or visit:
Lots of cool ringtones available, check it out! More coming soon...
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Welcome DOSS featuring The Diplomettes!
Diplomats Of Solid Sound website.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Andre Williams to play Spaceland in LA then off to Europe
ANDRE WILLIAMS & THE FLASH EXPRESS will be @ SPACELAND in LOS ANGELES, CA on Wednesday, February 13th 2008. Then the boys are off to Europe for three weeks. Click here for the complete tour schedule...
Thursday, January 24, 2008
The Sleepers CD release party news
MAJOR CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Sleepers CD release party for the upcoming Pravda Records release of "Comeback Special" (release date - 2/26/08) will be Saturday, March 8th @ Double Door in Chicago. More surprises in store, so stay tuned!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
2008: The Year Of The Dre
Chicago, IL – 2007 was certainly an up & down year for the 72 year old “Black Godfather” Andre Williams. The year started with a successful tour across the US & Europe, fuel by the late 2006 release of “Aphrodisiac” (Pravda) w/The Diplomats Of Solid Sound. But by mid-2007 Andre was evicted from his senior housing building in Joliet, IL for a minor drug possession. This conviction lead to a short jail term, something Andre experienced for the first time in his life. Then because of an ongoing battle with alcohol abuse & not visiting his doctor on a regular basis, Mr. Williams collapsed and was quickly rushed to the hospital. He had a seizure and his body was basically shutting down due to the diagnosis of pneumonia, alcohol poisoning and heart problems. But Andre cleaned up, resumed taking his medication & ended 2007 on a positive note & for the first time in a long time, friends said Andre talked about new album projects & performing live. Dre seemed determined & focused about his career more than ever.
This determination & focus lead to "Agile, Mobile & Hostile: A Year With Andre Williams", a documentary film by Tricia Todd & Eric Matthies (Ayamye, Making ‘The Matrix’) set for release early this year. Mr. Williams has also recently recorded a new album with The New Orleans Hellhounds set for release on Bloodshot Records this spring. He also hooked up with Chicago garage rockers The Goldstars for a successful stop in Spain, a release of a 7” single (It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock N’ Roll) b/w Fight For Your Right”) on Spanish Munster Records & live dates across the Midwest. They will once again team up and perform Thursday, February 7th @ The Hideout in Chicago. So look out Chicago & rest of the World, Andre Williams is determined to make 2008 his best year yet.
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