Brought to you by FUNKNSTUFF.NET and hosted by Scott Goldfine — musicologist and author of “Everything Is on the One: The First Guide of Funk” ― “TRUTH IN RHYTHM” is the interview show that gets DEEP into the pocket with contemporary music’s foremost masters of the groove. Featured in this episode (Part 1 of 3): Keyboardist Morris Hayes, a central member of Prince’s camp and New Power Generation band for most of 20 years between 1992-2012.
Besides contributing amazing keyboard parts in both studio and stage, Hayes was associated with Prince during several pivotal periods and events. They include Prince’s high-profile feud with Warner Brothers where he changed his name to a symbol and wrote Slave on his face; opening up Glam Slam nightclubs; his marriage, loss of child and separation from NPG member Mayte Garcia; his change in faith and renouncement of profanity; and experimentations with music clubs, and album releases and distribution. Musically, the period included LPs such as Come, the Gold Experience, Emancipation, Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, The Rainbow Children, 3121, Lotusflower and MPLSound, Planet Earth and 20Ten under Prince’s name and Exodus and New Power Soul under New Power Generation.
In this comprehensive series he discusses everything imaginable from his Arkansas roots to living in a house across the street from Prince in Minnesota; to creating, recording, performing and socializing with one of the greatest musicians of all time; to recounting many unforgettable experiences with his enigmatic, ingenious and forever cherished boss.
Recorded July 2017