D.I.Y. recording of 3rd album in progress

Way back in 2002 I was freshly divorced, sitting at my kitchen table with a piece of shit guitar that could barely stay in tune. I figured out that i could drop tune it to open G and make some sweet sounds that made me reconsider throwing that guitar in the trash. So I bought a broken Tascam 4 track tape recorder and repaired it. I bought a microphone and a brass slide bottle. I bought some cheap beer. I put it all together and recorded a low-fi demo of the results. It was primitive, and crude. It was perfect!

16 years later, I find myself at another proverbial crossroads. So I go back to the beginning and break out the digital recorder, a microphone, and some beer. 3 Sessions in and I have 7 tracks that I feel have some promise to them. Simple and primitive and pure. Another session or two and I will mix it all down quickly and upload to Spotify, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. The goal is to be ready for the airwaves in the summer of 2019.

Stay tuned for details….

Scott/Black Cat Bone

Ernie Clark & the Magnificent Bastards, Black CAt Bone, the Hellbound Drifters 2 shows

Ernie Clark & The Magnificent Bastards asked us to do a pair of shows with them and The Hellbound Drifters this spring…. and since we particularly like LOUD and TWANGY guitars, funky ass bass lines, and hard liquor flowing as fast as the mighty Grand River, we couldn’t resist!

The first date is 4/27/2019 at WHITE’s BAR in Saginaw. White’s is where anybody and everybody worth a damn plays in that neck of the woods. The second date is 5/04/2019 at MULLIGAN’s PUB in Grand Rapids. Mullie’s is THE premiere dive bar to catch a wide variety of heavy rock, punk, indie, and roots music in Grand Rapids, MI.

Nov 17 2018 with Ernie Clark & the Magnificent Bastards

We return to the stage with another show with our good friends Ernie Clark & the Magnificent Bastards. They put together a cool bill for Quinn & Tuite’s Irish Pub on November 17, 2018.

We really dig the bad ass rock n roll vibe these of Ernie Clark & The Magnificent Bastards.

Its classic old school American rock distilled to its bare elements, with a smooth-as-cheap-whisky country finish. The perfect music to drive to…. or fix your broke ass truck to….  as the case may be.

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Black Cat Bone on Spotify

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!

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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.

 

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!

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.