Legendary bassist and funk innovator Bootsy Collins linked up with the contemporary funk explorers of Lettuce on a new track, “Keep That Funk Alive”. The collaboration, out today, appears on Lettuce’s forthcoming eighth studio LP, Unify, due out on June 3rd via Round Hill Records.

Secure in his own standing in the pantheon of funk greats, much of Bootsy’s creative output in recent years has served to champion newer acts carrying flame the helped light with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and more half a century ago. His last solo album, 2020’s The Power of the One, Collins mostly acted as master of ceremonies, allowing the spotlight to fall on a talented ensemble of guests like Branford Marsalis, Snoop Dogg, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Victor Wooten, Christian McBrideChristone “KINGFISH” Ingram, and more. Over the last year, his extraterrestrial musical stylings have captured the public consciousness once again by way of Silk Sonic, the Grammy-sweeping retro-soul project from Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars. In addition to naming the band, Bootsy was featured throughout An Evening with Silk Sonic as the album’s “host.”

Lettuce—comprised of Adam Deitch (drums), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff (guitar), Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes (bass), Nigel Hall (keyboards/vocals), and Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom (trumpet)—has grown into a force to be reckoned with in the modern funk scene, commanding ever-more renown with each far-reaching album and globetrotting tour. While the new track marks the band’s first official collaboration with Collins, their paths have always seemed destined to cross eventually—and the result of that summit is worth the wait.

On “Keep That Funk Alive”, the old school meets the new wave in thrilling fashion. The track’s stank-faced, envelope filtered bassline establishes a direct connection to the Mothership as Bootsy sprinkles lyrical stardust and cosmic charisma over the groove like only he can.

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Even before connecting with Bootsy directly, the Lettuce crew approached “Keep That Funk Alive” with Collins as a guiding light. As Deitch explains, the concept for the track was inspired by a Bootsy Collins Instagram post he happened to see during the dog days of the pandemic. “Linking up organically with one of the inventors of funk music, eternally iconic bassist and vocalist Bootsy Collins, still feels like a dream,” says Deitch of the collab. “Bootsy wants to keep the Funk alive…and we wholeheartedly agree with that statement. Major props to Bootzilla for believing in us!”

Stream or download “Keep That Funk Alive” by Lettuce featuring Bootsy Collins on the platform of your choice here or listen to the track via the player below. Pre-save or pre-order Unify ahead of its June 3rd release here. Pre-order vinyl and Unify centric merch bundles here.

Lettuce ft. Bootsy Collins – “Keep That Funk Alive”


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Lettuce has a busy schedule of upcoming tour dates on the books in support of the new album. Click below for a full list of dates and head here for ticketing info.

Lettuce 2022 Unify Tour Dates

May 26-29 – Martinsville, VA – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival
June 16-19 – Hummingbird Ranch, CO – Sonic Bloom Festival
June 19 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 23-26 – Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
June 24-25 – Swanzey, NH – Northlands Music & Arts Festival
June 30-July 3 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
Aug. 11 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre
Aug. 12 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights
Aug. 13 – Richmond, VA – Jam Packed Craft Beer & Music Festival
Aug. 26 – Martha’s Vineyard, MA – Beach Road Weekend Festival
Sept. 20 – London, UK – Scala
Sept. 21 – Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix
Sept. 23 – Paris, France – Billard L’alhambra
Sept. 24 – Rouen, France – Le 106 club
Sept. 26 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
Sept. 27 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Bird
Sept. 28 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Noord
Sept. 29 – Leuven, Belgium – Het Depot
Sept. 30 – Berlin, Germany – Gretchen
Oct. 2 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
Oct. 3 – Oslo, Norway – Cosmopolite Scene
Oct. 4 – Jahanneshov, Sweden – Slaktkyrkan
Oct. 5 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Jazzklubben Nefertiti
Oct. 7 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
Oct. 8 – Brno, Czechia – Groove Brno
Oct. 9 – Vienna, Austria – Club Porgy & Bess
Oct. 11 – Bern, Switzerland – Bierhübeli
Oct. 12 – Pisa, Italy – Lumiere
Oct. 13 – Rome, Italy – Monk Club
Oct. 14 – Milano, Italy – Santeria Toscana 31
Oct. 15 – Rovereto, Italy – Auditorium Melotti
Oct. 17 – Stuttgart, Germany – Im Wizemann
Oct. 18 – Mulhouse, France – Noumatrouff
Oct. 20 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala La Nau
Oct. 21 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Caracol
Oct. 22 – Cenon, France – Le Rocher de Palmer

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Among the highlights of the band’s upcoming tour schedule is the return of beloved St. Augustine, FL destination event Fool’s Paradise on June 4th and 5th. Lettuce will perform at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on both days of the event alongside appearances by Umphrey’s McGeeAndy Frasco & The U.N., Isaiah SharkeyJennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino, and Flamingosis. For tickets and more information, head here.