Earlier this year, guitarist James Williamson, best known for his work in the Stooges, launched a 7-inch single series with a different female singer for each release with the proceeds going to charity. The first single featured Lisa Kekaula and benefited Project Hawaii, which helps homeless children in Hawaii. The second release was with Petra Haden which benefited the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund.
For his third and final single of the year, the iconic guitarist enlisted a little known singer/songwriter named Maia from Berklee College of Music in Boston. This single will be benefitting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum, in which Williamson will be donating his famed Gibson “Leopard Lady” Les Paul guitar. The iconic guitar has been used on every record Williamson has played on, including the Stooges ‘Raw Power.’ In addition, Williamson is donating his Gibson acoustic guitar, in which the guitarist wrote most of the music for ‘Raw Power.’
Musically, this installment of the single series kicks off with the ballsy punk rocker “Sickkk” led by Williamson’s tone rich guitar riffs and a heavy rock drum beat, which is a fine juxtaposition to Maia’s syrupy sweet vocals. But when she hits the chorus “Your ego makes me sick” repeated, this new girl has a lot of sass and attitude to put you in your place. Flipping the wax over, the rock continues with the more pop friendly track “I Made A Mistake.” Like its A-side counterpart, this song has a wonderful break down mid-song before kicking back into gear to let it all hang out.
We all know the talents of James Williamson and I applaud his efforts to bring in relatively unknown female singers to add their vocal talents to his musical creations. Hopefully, James Williamson will continue this series in 2017 and eventually put all the songs on one collection.