Hugo Race (founding member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds) and Michelangelo Russo are no strangers to either Hooker or the blues. Hailed as a supreme influence on the music of their band Hugo Race & The True Spirit, Race and Russo’s reimagining of Hooker is simultaneously blues and ambient, a homage to one of the greats of rock and roll prehistory. Recorded in a single, continuous day and night live session at the Berlin studio of Einsturzende Neubauten engineer Boris Wilsdorf, this is an epic album of sonic sorcery suspended in time and place on the 100th anniversary of Hooker’s birth.
Hugo Race is a prolific and visionary performer. A founding member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds and the seminal Australian 80s cult band The Wreckery, Hugo has released over 20 albums and collaborated with artists from Sao Paolo to Rome, Berlin, London, Tucson, Brussels, Warsaw, Mali, Africa and beyond. Born in Melbourne, Hugo has spent most of the last 25 years living in Italy, France, Germany, UK and the USA.