Okayplayer co-presented Carnegie Hall’s Tribute to the Music of Bill Withers and their Okayplayer TV was afforded the exclusive opportunity to bring cameras to the show’s rehearsals where they were able to chat with performing artists and the ever-charming Mr. Withers himself.
Performers at the event and featured in the behind-the-scenes video include Anthony Hamilton, Valerie Simpson, Aloe Blacc, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Keb’ Mo’, Michael McDonald, Steve Jordan, Willie Weeks, Greg Phillinganes, and NOLA legend Dr. John.
And then there’s Bill Withers right at the heart of it all, being his unapologetically honest self. “I’ve never had a problem being what I was at that time,” he explains. “When I was a sailor, I was a sailor. When I was a musician, I was a musician. Now I’m a senior citizen.”
Check out the day with Bill Withers and friends below: