Sly Stone Returns for Funkadelic, Soul Clap Collab – Rolling Stone

Funkadelic and Boston production duo Soul Clap enjoy a casual Corvette cruise and confront the horrors of unmitigated oil consumption in the surreal live-action/claymation clip for “In Da Kar.”

Recorded during the pair’s 2013 sessions — and featuring a rare appearance from Sly Stone on keys — “In Da Kar” boasts a slick, smooth, understated groove while George Clinton’s voice crackly voice roughens up the edges. It’s an undeniable driving song, and the video fittingly opens with the Soul Clap guys, decked out in flamboyant Seventies-style outfits, pulling up to a gas station in slow motion to refill the tank of their black Corvette.

Read more at Rolling Stone.

Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” Covered on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” – Pitchfork


Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” was covered on the inaugural episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” by Mavis Staples and the show’s house band. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, members of Beirut, Buddy Guy, Ben Folds, Aloe Blacc, Derek Trucks, and others were alongside Staples during the cover performance.

Read more and check out the video at Pitchfork.

Sly Stone Makes Surprise Appearance On Stage With Family Stone

Sly Stone at Count Basie Theatre August 23, 2015

“Oh my god, it’s Sly!”

That’s what one audience member exclaimed Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank when music icon Sly Stone made an ultra-rare appearance on a concert stage, with no less than the Family Stone, which features several original members of Sly and the Family Stone.

Stone popped up on stage to play keyboards on the band’s hit, “If You Want Me to Stay.”

“It was quite a surprise, a pleasant surprise and it was cool,” said Family Stone member Greg Errico after the show. “I couldn’t see people’s faces in the audience but everybody told me there was a lot of crying going on — it was emotional.”

Read more at the Asbury Park Press.

Photo credit: Count Basie Theatre

Sly & The Family Stone Featured In White House Spotify Playlist

White House Spotify playlist

The White House joined Spotify today, creating daytime and evening playlists featuring some of President Obama’s favorite summer songs. On the daytime playlist — Sly & The Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime.” Enjoy the full “Day” playlist, featuring Sly & The Family Stone, below!

The President’s Summer Playlist: Day

  1. Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – The Temptations
  2. Live It Up – Isley Brothers
  3. Memories Live – Talib Kweli & Hi Tek
  4. Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
  5. So Much Trouble in the World – Bob Marley
  6. Paradise – Coldplay
  7. Tengo Un Trato (Remix) – Mala Rodriguez
  8. Wang Dang Doodle – Howlin Wolf
  9. Another Star – Stevie Wonder
  10. Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
  11. Boozophilia – Low Cut Connie
  12. Wherever Is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile
  13. Good Day – Nappy Roots
  14. Green Light – John Legend
  15. Gimme Shelter – Rolling Stones
  16. Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
  17. Down Down the Deep River – Okkervil River
  18. Pusher Love Girl – Justin Timberlake
  19. Shake It Out – Florence + The Machine
  20. La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Sonora Carruseles

Sly & The Family Stone ‘Live At The Fillmore East’ Reviews In The News


The Sly and the Family Stone: Live at the Fillmore East — October 4th & 5th, 1968 box set has been receiving great reviews in the press since its release last month.

“One doozy of a box… pure groove… vintage audiophiles will just about bow down before the quality of these tapes.” – The Boston Globe

“A portrait of a large funk and soul band on fire.” – Los Angeles Times

“A long belated affirmation of the Family Stone’s ceremonious soul charge.” – Lexington Herald Leader

“The first thing you hear is pure energy: the nuclear reaction of musical power that Sly and his Family Stone generated onstage.” – Stereophile

“These discs are a showcase of [Sly’s] genius.” – The Root

Sly & The Family Stone: Still All The Way Live – Ebony Interview

Sly Stone & Cynthia Robinson

Back in 1967, when funky trumpeter Cynthia Robinson joined forces with musical visionary Sly Stone, most “girls” in band units wore pretty dresses and harmonized in the background. “I never thought for one second I’d be able to play with a real band,” Robinson recalls via telephone from her home in the Bay Area. “When I was in high school, I went through a lot of bad treatment and was called a lot of names by boys, because I wanted to play. Sly was different.”

Forty-seven later, Cynthia Robinson, who still tours the world playing with the Family Stone, remembers her back in the day life on the road with the musicians she calls, the greatest band in the world.”

Read more at Ebony.

Sly & The Family Stone ‘Live At The Fillmore East’ Out Now!


In the fall of 1968, Sly and the Family Stone was a confident band worried about its future. Pressured by Epic Records earlier that year to record “Dance to the Music,” a commercial second album, the band pushed back in September with “Life,” which was truer to its freewheeling roots.

To promote the album, Sly and the Family Stone were booked into New York’s Fillmore East on Oct. 4-5. … The band was eager to show Epic that its feel-good, jam-session treatments of gospel-tinged funk-rock originals could whip up any audience. Judging by Sly & The Family Stone – Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968 (Sony Legacy), a four-CD set due July 17, they succeeded.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

Premiere: ‘M’Lady’ From Sly & The Family Stone ‘Live At The Fillmore East’ – Rolling Stone

Sly Stone

“We were at the top of our game then,” Greg Errico, drummer of Sly & The Family Stone says of the group’s 1968 stand at New York’s infamous Fillmore East. “The band was just killing it. There were moments that made my hair stand up, where that stage lifted off like a 747 and flew.”

… The entire four concert run – two shows each night in October 1968 – will be released on July 17th as Sly & The Family Stone – Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th 1968, showcasing a band both fully formed and on the cusp of greatness. Exclusively at Rolling Stone, you can listen to the group’s intense and grooving rendition of “M’Lady,” from the October 5th early show.

Sly & The Family Stone ‘Hot Fun In The Summertime’

Listen to Sly & The Family Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime” off Higher! on Spotify.

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