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.
We’ve picked up a last minute slot opening up at the Tip Top Deluxe on Sunday Aug 5th for the Barroom Billies.
The Barroom Billies bio states “The Barroom Billies are a make your foot go crazy stompin’ band that leaves you sweaty and restless. We combine rock, roots and honkytonk to offer you an all-original, rowdy and rambunctious show. Come join the fun, we promise you’ll want to come back!”
All tht AND they hail from Colombus Missouri, a town that holds its’ own in the American music scene. This will be an awesome show!
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.
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