We have added our 2013 recording by Micheal Cook to our Bandcamp page for listening and downloading. Variously titled “Mercurial” or “the Micheal Cook Sessions” the album has been posted with the “Mid-West Coast Blues” artwork by former band mate Matt Popovich-Judge (bass, guitar). Judge also designed our cat head logo, carved into a lino-block that he stamped out prints from.
The lineup back then was Scott Warren on vox/guitar/percussion, Chris Van Hoven on harmonica, Matt Popovich-Judge on bass (guitar in live shows), and Sarah Popvich-Judge on percussion. Jewly Warren also played percussion in the live shows.Mark Van Hoven played bass in live shows While many of these songs have made it onto “Jealous is Poison” in 2017, it is an interesting recording in that we were a much more stripped down band in 2013,…. our percussion on the album in 2013 was limited to a shallow plywood box holding a handful of antique silverware and a cajon. Both were simply 4/4 beats to emulate the” bottles and cans rattling on the porch” sound we were trying to harness with our front porch blues. Sarah Popovich-Judge was simply tagging along at the recording session when we drafted her into our band as percussionist. She literally had no band experience…. but we told her “sit on that box and count to 4…. when Scott plays, you play;when Scott stops, you stop”
We did a dry run of a verse and chorus thru each song, then hit record. Every track was captured in one or two takes. We ended up doing 3 or 4 sessions, since about half way through Mike discovered a better recording set up to fit our sound, and wanted to get everything we had recorded in the new arrangement.
The end result was a success; Raw and imperfect. Honest and simple. Dirty and beautiful.
Info from Mulligan’s event page:
(21+) FREE SHOW
Music Starts @ 10pm
Black Cat Bone –
Black Cat Bone utilizes bottleneck guitar, harmonica, and drums to deliver their nihilistic version of the american music experience. Delivering songs about god, the devil, and the lost and lonely souls in between.
Restrepo BLUES –
Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, this former rock performer cut his teeth in a variety of establishments and festivals during the most prolific era of the Colombian Blues scene. However, a lifetime of Rock & Roll frontmanship would lead to a more intimate relationship with the roots of American music and culture. From mundane to boisterous to outright risqué, Camilo’s soloist repertoire ranges from classic Robert Johnson takes, to the more obscure predecessors of the genre, while stopping to salute folk masters such as Dave van Ronk.
A Nomadic couple on the road since 03/16. Performing Indie Rock with Spanish Rhythms.
Barrel Bones –
Blues rock band based in Grand Rapids, MI.
Black Cat Bone returns to Mulligan’s Pub for the 616 Showcase, on the fortuitous date of 6/16. Devilyn Carver put together this show featuring a pretty wide range of talent.
From the event description:
Music Starts 6pm (21+)
As a founding member of The Almighty Foot Clan, WuZee has gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining performers in West Michigan. Though he draws massive influence from hip hop titans such as MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, WuZee’s upbeat style and choice samples never fail to draw a crowd. A nimble lyricist in his own right, WuZee continues to collaborate with many hip hop groups and performers from around the country.
Brother Adams –
The unique combination of acoustic and electric instrumentation brings the idea of folk-rock to a new, almost experimental level in Holland-bred Brother Adams. The raw, Modest Mouse-esque rock ‘n’ roll vocals add even more urgency to the trio’s sound, urging the audience to scream the lyrics right along. That being said, a Brother Adams live performance is one not to be missed: These guys love to pull the audience into the expressive passion they pour out on every stage they step onto.
Black Cat Bone –
Black Cat Bone is a roots music collective exploring the depths of neo-primitive blues and dirty folk. Inspired by the Lomax recordings of early 20th century sharecroppers and prisoners of the rural southern states.
Black Cat Bone utilizes bottleneck guitar, harmonica, and drums to deliver their nihilistic version of the american music experience. Delivering songs about god, the devil, and the lost and lonely souls in between, Black Cat Bone serves up the type of stuff you can play while drinkin’ on the front porch with your friends and family… simple, raw, honest.
Maggie May –
Ukulele player. Folk punker. Cat whisperer.
Black Cat Bone returns to the Tip Top Deluxe on June 2 to open for Bloodshot Bill. Chuck Whiting will also be performing (woo! woo!) at the coolest little music shack in town. We will be debuting our new drummer Eric, who has played in some kick ass bands like Buffalo Witch
Black Cat Bone just landed a sweet gig with the legendary Freight Train Rabbit Killer out of Kansas City, Missouri. The show is at Mulligan’s Pub in Eastown, the only neighborhood in Grand Rapids skanky enough to host such musical filth as this event promises to be.
If you havent checked out FRTK yet, their bio describes the band in an interesting manner:
“The band Freight Train Rabbit Killer is made up of Kris Bruders (Freight Train) and Mark Smeltzer (Rabbit Killer) Freight Train Rabbit Killer is a duet. Described as a heavy doom blues American Roots opera – a shaman of the hills and a vigilante bent on justice. We have been performing at home (Kansas City MO) and on the road for about 3 years. Our live shows have been described as being intense. a freaking fantastic musical journey. Creepy and honest. It’s storytelling through music. Doom blues. Screaming electric guitars. All accompanied by suits and masks.”