Ten Minutes with Kevin & Michael Bacon
Actor Kevin Bacon and composer brother Michael discuss The Bacon Brothers, childhood and living in Sharon, CT.
Kevin and Michael Bacon play gritty rock best described by their first album title, Forosoco, a blend of folk, rock, soul, and country influences. Kevin, who lives in Sharon, is best known for his acting roles in Footloose, Mystic River, and Apollo 13, has appeared in 80 films and has a Golden Globe win along with several Emmy and Screen Actor’s Guild nominations. Older brother Michael is an Emmy-winning composer. They performed at the Ridgefield Playhouse on July 15, 2016.
You guys are going to be all over the country this summer. Do you love that?
Michael: We’re just happy they invite us to play. We love getting out in front of people and seeing the country.
What do you like to do in strange cities on the day of a show?
Michael: Eat breakfast, hit the gym, then sound check. Not much down time. We do get to see neat places. We were in Hot Springs recently. We’d never go there if we weren’t playing there. But usually we are in a Motel 6 by the highway, so all we see is the concert hall.
Do you do any charity work?
Kevin: We do drop-ins at local charities. Sometimes we will find a way to have the Bacon Brothers drop in when we are in a town.
Do you spend time together when not on the road?
Michael: Yeah, we’re family. We have a big celebration on Thanksgiving. Wednesday night at Kevin’s. We call it Night Before. Kevin: We used to watch the parade balloons being blown up, but the kids are grown, so that seems silly now.
How did you end up in Sharon?
Kevin: In 1983, I was dating a girl whose brother rented a house in Kent. We went to visit her brother. As a goof, we said, “Let’s get a broker.” I had no interest. We ended up buying a house. And I still have it.
When you return from the road, is Sharon where you go?
Sometimes we will all go there and stay—the whole band.
Ever play any gigs here?
Yeah. We love to. Infinity Hall. TriArts in Sharon.
I still hear references to Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. Are you amazed that game still has legs?
I am amazed. It doesn’t seem to go away. It has very little to do with me and all about connectivity. Now social media plays that role—connecting people. Facebook really keeps it alive.
What inspired you as musicians?
Kevin: Our parents were unbelievable music fans, but were both horrible singers. When our dad would sing us lullabies, we would pretend to fall asleep so he’d stop. Mom had an out-of-body strange voice that came from this beautiful lady. Our dad was an architect. We lived in a mid-century house. He designed a speaker system that went throughout the house. It was the most beautiful sounding thing you can imagine. We lived around the corner from Philadelphia Orchestra, so we were exposed to a lot of different music.
What else inspired you?
Michael: Well, the British invasion was a wakeup call for American kids. It was holding up a mirror of our music. The Rolling Stones were playing old blues from my past.
You have four sisters. Do they go to your shows?
Kevin: Yes, they are our biggest fans.