Patti Smith and her band Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan and Jay Dee Daugherty
Chicago born Smith, moved around during her childhood from town to town and state to state before finally heading to New York in the late 60's to find a new life. And that she did. She seemed to be at the right place at the right time with the right people very early on, including a romantic relationship with Photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, who shot most of her early album covers including the now iconic 1975 classic, "Horses." Lived and learned life at the Hotel Chelsea and became regulars at Max's Kansas City and of course, CBGB's. These early influences certainly help shape Patti to the "Grandmother of Punk" she has become.
Flash forward almost 40 years (2013) and Patti Smith is still going strong. Her latest and 11th album release, "Banga," is a poetic mix of blues, rock and punk. Recorded at the legendary, Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the title track, "Banga" and single release, "April Fool," stands out as well as proving crowd favorites live.
"Banga," is a huge collaboration album with contributions from not only her band mates Lenny Kaye, Tony Shanahan and Jay Dee Daugherty, but even her own children Jackson and Jesse. Other notables, from a list of over 20, include Tom Verlaine of, "Television" and Johnny Depp on drums and guitars on the title track, "Banga," This album is deep, thought provoking and just plain rockin! The live performance really captures this raw emotion of melodies and throws it in your face.
Story and Biography by James Currie 2013.