2018 was a rough year for us. We ran through 3 different drummers. Each one learned just enough material to get us through the next few gigs, which at the moment was what we needed. While we were struggling to keep up with our shows, we never really got back into our songwriting mindset.
Now that we have finally found a long-term match in our most recent band member, Federico Jones, we are starting to focus on writing new material again. We are planning on recording in the next few weeks. We’ve been focused on writing songs in Open D tuning and probably have enough material to record. Below are 2 videos from our last practice session featuring a few of those songs. They’re still a little rough around the edges, but we’ll get that worked out soon enough
Local Rigs is a bad ass project that focuses on local musicians and the gear that they utilize in making their music.
Recently they had Scott come out and do an episode, which is shot at River City Studios in Grand Rapids, MI. Scott took 4 guitars and his trusty Marshal amp and spent an afternoon talking shop with the crew
Heartache in my Songs, written Jan 3, 2019 on a Washburn HB15TS and a Marshall amp. Open D chord riff with minimal slide bottle work. Recorded on a shitty camera phone for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Video Archives (Not really. They can go fuck themselves)
We ran into Farmer John who helps out with a lot of the shows at the Tip Top Deluxe. Farmer John is also the founder of the Cowpie Music Festival in Alaska, Michigan. They host some of the best live music to be found around yonder parts and are something you should check out.
He asked us to do a short interview, which he then posted on his Facebook account. Farmer John also captured our first song in the set in a separate video.
Eric Engblade is a fabulous singer/songwriter from the Grand Rapids MI area. Known for his insightful lyrics, topnotch banjo plucking, and furious guitar rhythms. I first met Eric in 2009 at an Earth Day Festival in West Michigan that I was helping produce. We have shared a bill three other times after that, and I have seen him perform on a few other occasions around the Grand Rapids area. I have always been appreciative of his abilities and style. He is definitely one of the more capable, and accomplished musicians in this town. Also, he is probably one of the most genuinely decent human beings I have ever met.
So when he asked me to guest on his semi- impromptu Sunday Songwriter series on Facebook Live, I jumped at the chance immediately. We discussed the mechanics of resonator guitars, my favorite open tunings for slide bottle guitar, and how we approached our different songwriting styles. We touched upon the origins of the black cat bone in voodoo/hoodoo magic, and discussed the infamous deal that Robert Johnson conducted at the crossroads many years ago. We also played a few songs and were visited by his baby daughter Naomi, who was not so impressed with our racket as we had hoped. Below is the video for your enjoyment
Our self-produced mini-documentary has now been posted to our youtube page. The video is approximately 5 minutes, and features Scott Warren (vocalist/guitarist) discussing various topics about Black Cat Bone. Recent material from practice sessions in February and March 2017 is in the video as well.