Felicia was born <^> slept in a crib with a toy guitar <^> Taught herself to play <^> went to college <^> cool gigs happened <^> toured the world a buncha times <^> played on some records <^>became late-night TV's WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS RECRUIT <^> wrote some songs<^> formed a band <^> from the womb of downtown underground, B!TCHSLAPP became FELICIA COLLINS & THE LIFE <^> to be continued…
Songwriting Legend Valerie Simpson Debuts New Song with Letterman Band’s Felicia Collins
Code blue Sept 1 2015 Sugar Bar
If you don’t know this already, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar on West 72nd St. is the place to hear great live music.
Last night, superstar guitarist Felicia Collins of Paul Shaffer’s Letterman band fame played a blistering set of blues numbers, some she wrote, and one new one– a collaboration with Valerie Simpson. You know Val and late husband Nik Ashford wrote all the great Motown hits like “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as well as “Solid (as a Rock)” and so many more!
Turns out Felicia cannot only play the guitar but she can saing, as Rufus Thomas would say. She and Val debuted “Code Blue,” the first real song Simpson has attempted since her collaborator and life partner/husband Nik passed away two years ago.
Read the full article by Roger Friedman