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The Bacon Brothers – Kevin and Michael – Zoomed into The Preston & Steve Show to discuss their latest project, “Philly Thing”. The track is a musical benefit for Philadelphia’s Rock to the Future and Kevin’s SixDegrees.org charities.  

Rock to the Future supports positive youth development and economic empowerment through free, student-driven music programs for Philadelphian students. Those involved receive free instruments, paid skill development, internship opportunities, and more. SixDegrees.org is dedicated to creating dialogue and raising awareness around causes that our communities care most about. They enable people to become celebrities for their own causes by donating to or raising money for charities. 

Loaded with the spirit, culture, and lingo of Philadelphia, the new song opened up a lot of opportunities for Preston & Steve to talk all things Philly with the Bacon Brothers. Kevin and Michael described how their upbringing in Philadelphia played a major part in the making of the song, with about twenty to thirty local musicians being featured in it. One such musician is a child from Rock to the Future, who contributed a rap. 

Kevin informed us that any and all Philly references in “Philly Thing” – including jawn, mummers, and The Geator – came to him naturally in the songwriting process. The overall goal of the song was to capture the spirit of the city as much as possible. 

Michael recalled his time as a student in the city’s public school system, where he and his peers were given chances to play and learn instruments for free.  While they did not listen to the same music as him, it helped create a unique mix of music in his life.  

The next generation of of Bacon kids are involved in the music industry as well. Travis, Kevin’s son, is a musician, producer, engineer, and newly-cemented film composer, following in his uncle’s footsteps. He has produced several Bacon Brothers songs, but he does not like being on stage with them. Kevin’s daughter, Sosie, is much more willing to share the stage with her family, and she loves playing music and singing with Kevin.  

Our very own Nick McIlwain remembered seeing Michael perform in 1984 at a camp when he was nine-years-old, which brought back some fond memories for Michael. He still plays songs for young children at schools and camps. 

With the Bacon Brothers having surpassed the quarter-century landmark as a band, it only makes sense that they come full circle and return to their roots with “Philly Thing.” Watch the entire interview:


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