Andre1_lg SoundCheck has always been totally gone for Andre Williams. The way-out R&B overlord has been active since the '50s, when he waxed such soulful slabs of dementia as "Jail Bait," "Bacon Fat" and "The Greasy Chicken."

He recorded for the legendary Fortune and Motown labels in Detroit, wrote hits for Stevie Wonder, the Five Du-Tones and Alvin Cash, worked with the P-Funk Nation and produced Ike Turner. Like Turner, he was sidelined for a time by drug problems, but he became a cult figure in the '90s with a series of sleazy, get-down albums for indie rock labels. ("Silky": filthy and highly recommended.)

It seems like Andre is everywhere at the moment. In May, the 73-year-old singer released "That's All I Need," a new album for Chicago's Bloodshot Records; cut with members of such Motor City indie rock acts as the Dirtbombs, the Witches, the Sights and Electric Six, it's one of his strongest and most personal works ever. (It's also the first album he cut in sobriety.)

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