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Along With His Brother, Actor Kevin Bacon Steps Off The Screen To Promote A Different Kind Of Part

Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX
The Bacon Brothers are on tour with their seventh studio record.

From Texas Standard.

Actor and musician Kevin Bacon is busy touring the Lone Star State with his brother Michael. The two are promoting their self-titled album “The Bacon Brothers,” their seventh studio record. Many Hollywood stars juggle various side projects with their careers, but Kevin Bacon insists his fraternal musical endeavor is serious business. He says it’s typically a challenge for actors to be taken seriously as musicians.

“I think it’s a lot more accepted for musicians to act than it is for actors to play music,” he says. “I also think that there’s very, very little precedent historically of anybody being truly successful at it. But we’ve never really shied away from that.”

For Kevin’s brother Michael, however, music is a full time gig. He scores films and television shows, serves as an associate professor of music at the City University of New York, and recently completed a cello concerto.

“Everything I do is music,” Michael says. “I’m not interested in anything else.”

Each brother acknowledges that the other has been an inspiring and motivating presence in their respective lives. “Michael is older than me,” Kevin says. “He’s nine years older than me, so my first exposure to music was through him.”

The Bacon Brothers, apart from touring the state at the moment, have had ties to Texas over the years. Kevin starred in the Amazon series “I Love Dick,” which was set and shot in Marfa, while Michael follows UT football. They also have family members in the Dallas area.

Their tour takes them through New Braunfels, Houston, Greenville, Dallas, and Oklahoma City.

Written by Josue Moreno.

Leah Scarpelli joined Texas Standard in September 2015 from NPR’s Morning Edition, where she spent seven years as a producer, director and occasional reporter of music and arts pieces. As Texas Standard director, Leah is responsible for the overall practical and creative interpretation of each day’s program: choosing segue music, managing the prep of show content, and providing explicit directions for the host and technical director during the live broadcast. She graduated from Ithaca College in New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television and Radio. She enjoys riding her Triumph motorcycle and getting out for hikes in the Texas countryside. Her late grandfather was from Yoakum.
David entered radio journalism thanks to a love of storytelling, an obsession with news, and a desire to keep his hair long and play in rock bands. An inveterate political junkie with a passion for pop culture and the romance of radio, David has reported from bases in Washington, London, Los Angeles, and Boston for Monitor Radio and for NPR, and has anchored in-depth public radio documentaries from India, Brazil, and points across the United States and Europe. He is, perhaps, known most widely for his work as host of public radio's Marketplace. Fulfilling a lifelong dream of moving to Texas full-time in 2005, Brown joined the staff of KUT, launching the award-winning cultural journalism unit "Texas Music Matters."
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