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Richard Russell: “Damon Albarn and I were booked to go back into the studio with Bobby Womack later this year”

Richard Russell: “Damon Albarn and I were booked to go back into the studio with Bobby Womack later this year”

Producer and XL head Richard Russell pays tribute to the late Bobby Womack in the new issue of Uncut, out now – also featuring a classic interview with Womack from the archives.

Russell reveals that he and Damon Albarn, who together produced Womack’s last album, 2012’s The Bravest Man In The Universe, were scheduled to return to the studio with the singer later this year.

“We were booked to go into the studio with him towards the end of this year,” Russell tells Uncut, “and we talked about recording more spirituals along the lines of ‘Deep River’ and ‘Jubilee’, which I’m very sad to not be doing now.

“All Bobby’s ideas were just spot-on. He was a genius. He knew himself, so he knew what was good.”

The new issue of Uncut is out now.

Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here.

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