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Sunday Funday Matinee Show @ The Tip Top Deluxe

We’ve picked up a last minute slot opening up at the Tip Top Deluxe on Sunday  Aug 5th for the Barroom Billies.

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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!

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2013 demo added to BandCamp


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 showsJudge Cat Skull 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.

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Black Cat Bone with Freight Train Rabbit Killer December 8th

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.”