If you’re heading to Gillette Stadium to see the Rolling Stones in July, you’ll see backing vocalist and percussionist Bernard Fowler. Take a minute and listen to his takes on some classic Stones tunes.
The story goes like this: Fowler was riffing on a song during soundcheck back in 2015 and, instead of singing the lyrics, he took a poetic, spoken-word approach. Mick Jagger liked what he heard and encouraged Fowler to hit the recording studio. Back in April, the musician and lyricist finally released Inside Out.
“It’s Rolling Stones songs deconstructed,” says Bernard, explaining the title of and approach to Inside Out. “I just took these songs and turned them inside-out.”
In choosing songs for the album, Fowler focused not on hits but on songs that dealt with social justice, drug addiction, and other issues that resonate with him and that capture the zeitgeist of America in 2019. What he ended up with is an album of some of the Rolling Stones’ most lyrically compelling songs, performed in a way they’ve never been heard before. Take a listen below, and don’t forget to join us before the Stones show on July 7.