This is James Williamson’s third and last single of the year. This time the guitar legend has teamed up with a talented 19 year-old singer/songwriter named Maia, who is currently attending Berklee College of Music in Boston for vocal music and composition.
Williamson’s previous efforts this year included a collaboration with Petra Haden on “Blues Jumped The Rabbit” and “Last Kind Words” to benefit the Tazzy Animal Rescue Fund and a collaboration with Lisa Kekaula on “I Love My Tutu” and “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are” to benefit Project Hawai’i which helps homeless children in Hawaii.
This third single will be the last record on which Williamson’s iconic “Leopard Lady” guitar will be played. This guitar has been used on every record Williamson has made – from his first album with The Stooges, Raw Power, to the present. He is donating both the Leopard Lady Les Paul Custom, as well as his Gibson B25N acoustic guitar to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Museum for posterity. The latter acoustic is the guitar James wrote most of the music to Raw Power on and wrote and played on Kill City, which he recorded with Iggy Pop back in 1975.
Williamson says of his young collaborator, “I first came into contact with Maia through my engineer in Berkeley, Jason Carmer. He played me something she had written and sang and I was instantly intrigued. I had him ask her to come down to the studio the next day (Maia is from San Francisco) and I was blown away by her enthusiasm, talent and the nuance of her vocals. We decided that day to write and record these songs together and this is the result of that effort. We hope you like them as much as we do.”
James Williamson and Maia’s “Sickkk” / “I Made A Mistake” single will be available November 11th on 7-inch vinyl and digital formats. The donation of Williamson’s historical guitars will benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum .