MUSIC NEWS - Elvis Costello’s musical path has led him to creative collaborations with the likes of Burt Bacharach, Allen Toussaint, and now The Roots. Wise Up Ghost, the much anticipated CD by Elvis Costello and The Roots, will be released on Blue Note Records on Tuesday, September 17th. On the same day, at 12 noon, NYC's WFUV (90.7 FM/wfuv.org) will broadcast a sold out concert by Elvis and The Roots performing together, recorded on 9/16 at Brooklyn Bowl.
The collaboration came together after one of Elvis’s music appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots, hip-hop's most admired live act, are the house band. Roots drummer and producer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, who has an equally voracious musical appetite, broached the idea of working together, and the result became Wise Up Ghost.
WFUV Program Director Rita Houston said of the upcoming broadcast, “Elvis is really the quintessential FUV artist, and we’ve always admired how he fearlessly explores different genres. The Roots, with their amazingly versatile musicianship, are a perfect match for him. Music discovery is at the heart of what we do, so we’re especially excited to share the fruits of this new project with our listeners.”