Double Your Pleasure with Mayer Hawthorne & the County

October 13th, 2010

Some people use the method to figure out their porn name, but Andrew Mayer Cohen, raised on Hawthorne Road, added his middle name to that of the street he grew up on to become the soul singer Mayer Hawthorne. He’s most influenced by Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson and the legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team, but Hawthorne is much more than a singer and writer. In fact, he’s also a producer, arranger, audio engineer and a DJ, plus he plays a variety of instruments and has even been known to rap. His soul music began as a goof, but the tunes were no joke and eventually led him to Stones Throw Records. And you can get next week started with some soul when Mayer Hawthorne & the County (above, doing “Easy Lovin’” at Bonnaroo ) play The Bowery Ballroom on Sunday and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday.