The highly anticipated new blues album from pop culture icon William Shatner, simply titled ‘The Blues’, has finally arrived! The project has been drawing a great deal of media attention and buzz thanks to the release of two singles, ‘Let’s Work Together’ a collaboration with ‘60s rock legends Canned Heat and a very special pairing with guitar god Ritchie Blackmore on ‘The Thrill Is Gone’. But now fans can finally dig into the full treasure trove of blues classics interpreted by Mr. Shatner alongside special guests from across the pantheon of blues, rock and country stars including Sonny Landreth, Brad Paisley, Pat Travers, Tyler Bryant and more!
In 1969, songwriter and recording artist Wilbert Harrison released ‘Let’s Work Together’ amidst unprecedented social strife and racial tensions in America. The song was a clarion call to “every boy, girl, woman and man” to join the burgeoning social movements that promoted peace, justice and equality and a declaration that “Together we will stand, divided we’ll fall.”
The following year, Southern California hippie blues band Canned Heat released their own version of the song, which became a major hit and amplified Harrison’s call to action and unity. Now, that same band has teamed up with famed actor and musical interpretationist William Shatner for a much-needed revival of the spirit of unity found in this song.
Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. That’s what it felt like yesterday when William Shatner, best known among his many roles as Captain Kirk, in the Original Series of Star Trek – came to the aid of Jedward, whose verified Twitter account @planetjedward, which they’d had since 2009, has been suspended since mid October.