Kevin (above left) is a well-known actor and Michael a respected film and TV composer, but together they’re the Bacon Brothers.
The pair has been making music together for most of their lives, and are currently at work on a new album that will combine their love of folk, rock, soul, and country. On the phone from New York, Michael (the elder by nine years) and Kevin were playfully combative when discussing five songs they wish they had written — two apiece and one shared.
“To me a song has got to be judged on just the song, not the performance or the production,” says Michael. “Well, I don’t agree with Michael about the production,” says Kevin with a laugh.
The Bacon Brothers play the Wilbur Theatre on Friday and are donating the profits to the One Fund. (And yes, we asked Kevin about the finale of “The Following,” and his lips were sealed.)
1. “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Pete Seeger “It’s the kind of song you can sing a cappella or play on a ukulele or a piano and you wouldn’t have to be a good instrumentalist or singer to do it. It’s to me, the perfect song,” says Michael.
2. “Whole Lotta Love,” Led Zeppelin “It burns me up,” says Kevin. “It’s sexy and it’s got that crazy breakdown and [Robert Plant] sings it like a maniac.”
3. “Somewhere,” from “West Side Story” “It’s the ultimate story of love and hope and dreams,” says Michael.
4. “The Tracks of My Tears,” Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “There’s just something about songs that are tragic that have a happy groove that I find really interesting,” says Kevin.
5. “Just Like a Woman,” Bob Dylan “That song is perfect,” says Kevin. “We shared our lists and agreed on that one,” says Michael with a laugh.
The Bacon Brothers play the Wilbur Theatre Friday at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25-$49. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com