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D/B Recommended: Mayer Hawthorne / New Video & Tour Dates / Live in Berlin 20.05.2010 @ Festsaal Kreuzberg

And he became more and more famous. After one secret and one totally sold out concert Mr. Mayer Hawthorn – Stones Throw’s soul singer with the hip-hop background is back in Berlin – this time in a larger venue.

[audio:06 i wish it would rain.mp3]Most of the best music ever made came out of Detroit,” claims the singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who counts Isaac Hayes, Leroy Hutson, Mike Terry, and Barry White among his influences, but draws the most inspiration from the music of Smokey Robinson, Curtis Mayfield, and the legendary songwriting and production trio of Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland Jr. Here is his brand new Video:

Mayer Hawthorne / I Wish It Would Rain
Director: Henry DeMaio / Director of Photography: James Hammond / Animation: James Reitano / Camera Assistant: Sabina Padilla

Hawthorne has produced and played instruments for much of his life, but never intended to become a singer. He isn’t formally trained, and never sang in the church choir or in any of the bands he was in before founding the County (formerly the County Commissioners). But here he is, new school soul sensation, who has taken the Motown assembly-line production model and eliminated nearly every element but himself and a few hired hands. “I think Mayer is the only artist in the history of the label that I’ve signed after hearing only two songs,” says Peanut Butter Wolf. “Sometimes, you just know it’s the right thing to do.”

Tour Dates Europa

5/5: Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
5/7: Mulhouse, FR Le Noumatrouf
5/8: Nantes, FR Olympic
5/10: Lille, FR L’Aeronef Club
5/11: Paris, FR Trabendo
5/12: Lyon, FR Les Nuits Sonres Festival (Stage 3)
5/13: Marseille, FR Espace Julien
5/14: Madrid, ES Heineken Arena
5/16: Bilbao, ES Kafe Antzokia
5/18: Zurich, CH Abart
5/19: Munich, DE Crux
5/20: Berlin, DE Festsaal Kreuzberg
5/21: Vienna, at Porgy & Bess
5/22: Anwerp, BE Petrol
5/23: Münster, DE Skaters Place
5/25: London, UK ULU
5/26: Glasgow, UK King Tut’s
5/27: Manchester, UK Ruby Lounge
5/28: Leeds, UK Hifi Club TICKETS
5/29: Birmingham, UK o2 Academy 2

Mayer Hawthorne LIVE
Thursday / 20.05.2010
Festsaal Kreuzberg / Skalitzerstr. 130 / 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg