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Keith Richards Featured On Lou Reed Tribute LP

In celebration of Lou Reed‘s enduring influence, Keith Richards joins a list of luminary artists featured on a forthcoming full length.

The legendary musician was honored by several of his friends – including Keith, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Afghan Whigs, Bobby Rush, Maxim Ludwig and Angel Olsen, Mary Gauthier, and Automatic – who came together to create ‘The Power Of The Heart: A Tribute To Lou Reed’.

Featured on the track ‘I’m Waiting for the Man’, which that was released on Saturday (3.02,) Richards believes that the late musician was a hugely influential figure, stating “To me, Lou stood out. The real deal!” “[He was] important to American music and to all music! I miss him and his dog.”

Sharing his own fond memories of Reed, record producer Bill Bentley said “There are many moments when Lou Reed’s soul still rushes through me like a warm wind on a motionless day.” “It might be a certain chord I hear, a word spoken with his distinct New York accent, or even just a glancing memory of the way he smiled when he was happy followed by a restrained cackle which assured all was right in Reed’s world … His spirit is there, undiminished with a worldly peaceful wisdom he had never quit seeking.”

Featured on the song ‘Coney Island Babyy,” Mary Gauthier was heavily influenced and inspired by Lou’s music for many years, and shared “Lou Reed’s music was vital to young people like me who felt stranded in the middle of nowhere.” “A rough urban song poet of astounding vulnerability and brutal honesty, he saw – and described – the world as it was. Pure emotion. Pure reality, immense compassion.” “I love talk-singers. That was Lou – his words were raw and real. But there was always melody. And always a (heart) beat. It would be impossible to count the small town dreamers like me who followed his voice to find their own.”

In October of 2013, Lou Reed passed away at the the age of 71 from liver disease.

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Author: Saul Goode

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