Justin Howl (Chicago, Illinois) is coming to Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday October 20, 2018.
He will be playing at Rocky’s Bar & Grill with Black Cat Bone opening the show. This is his 2nd show in Grand Rapids on that weekend. His first show will be at Mulligan’s Pub with Freight Train Rabbit Killer (Kansas City, MO), Grand Rapids musician Dead Eye Zack
Justin Howl is an accomplished singer and acoustic guitarist well versed in blues and deep american roots styles. He tours the US, bringing his own unique style of roots music to the people , building up a sizeable fanbase in his wake as goes
The Fabulous Timmy Van has gone and done it again! He put together a show with some of his favorite local bands and asked us to help out. Timmy Van is like the Frank Sinatra of Grand Rapids… when he tells you to do something for the scene, you fuckin’ do it!
We finally got our act together and released both albums for distribution on Spotify, iTunes, Pandora, Amazon, and Spotify and a whole boatload of other sites.
We are on most of those sites under the moniker “Black Cat Bone 616”, using the Grand Rapids area code to separate us from the other artists out there using the name Black Cat Bone. There’s at least one in every country…. The oldest seems to be from the 70’s in Canada, the current big deal is out of the UK… but the best Black Cat Bone is from the heart of the Rust Belt…. dirty ol’ Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA!
“Mid-West Coast Blues” from 2013, and “Jealous Is Poison” from 2017 have already available on our site, as well as Bandcamp, Soundcloud, and Reverbnation for some time, but we felt that it was important to broaden our horizons. You can download music for free or at a name-your-own-price on those sites.
Stay tuned for a new release recorded with Vance Powell due out in the fall of 2018.
Returning to the States after a 3 month UK/Euro tour the past two summers playing festivals (including Glastonbury, etc…) and many shows, they immediately hit the road for fall & winter to promote their 4th US release, “Drive Til U Die” recorded partially in their vintage Bambi Airstream and partially in studios with renowned engineers/producers. (Vance Powell, Mitch Easter & Jim Diamond)
For their 3rd release, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames”, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders/Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. They recorded live & mixed 12 original songs in just one week.
The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.
They recorded their 2nd album, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream”, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour.
Their first release, “Year of the Golden Pig” is a bare bones acoustic album recorded in a cabin on a cove on an island off the rocky coast of Maine. It captures the stark barren winter with haunting melodies and yearning lyrics.
Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”
Catch this duo as they burn down the highway and tear up your town like a Wichita twister.