Genuinely sweet and unexpected when a renowned punk rocker comes out with a gem like this one. The Stooges’ James Williamson joined forces with The Bellrays’ Lisa Kekaula for “I Love My Tutu.” The song combines world beats and reggae. Tutu is a Hawaiian word for grandmother and this song celebrates the relationship between grandmothers and grand-children. The B-side “Never Far From Where The Wild Things Are” was inspired by the children’s classic book Where the Wild Things Are. Proceeds benefit homeless children in Hawaii via Project Hawai’i. The 7″ single will be released on vinyl on June 17, 2016. Pre-order here.
Of the single, James Williamson said: “I wrote ‘Tutu’ one day while playing ukulele for my own granddaughter and finished the lyrics with my wife over the weeks to follow. My family and I spend a fair amount of time on the Big Island of Hawaii and have a first hand understanding of the deep relationship that children have with their Tutu’s in Hawaii. I wanted to have Lisa Kekaula sing it not only because she is a fabulous talent, but also because she is part Hawaiian herself and, in fact, her niece and nephew (who live on Maui) are the kids singing backups at the end of the record.”
Williamson plans to release more singles this year.