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.
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.
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 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!
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.