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.
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 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 roots of Black Cat Bone started in Greenville MI of all places… making strange songs in the basement with Josh Lillie as a trio called House of the Morning Star. we played music we thought of as “dirty folk”. Raw. Simple. Honest.
Whatever happenend, happened for a reason. or no reason at all. whatever. gimme another pbr and retune that geetar son! we got another song to record.
nowadays Josh still plays live. we turned into a band that I am proud to share with some rather strange and wonderful individuals. we have good friends that believe in us. we got kind folks that tolerate my bullshit.
and now we are going back to Greenville for a homecoming show. sharing a stage with our old friend Josh. We’re bringing a new friend, Mike, who has been helping us out on drums. the band might be a little different now, but we’re still making music in that same mindset. Raw. Simple. Honest.
Flyover Podcast is an indie project focused on music and interviews with bands from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Flyover Podcast is constantly on the lookout for new, interesting music to feature on the podcast series, which according to sources, operates out of a huge network of caves hidden deep in the remote wilderness of Wisconsin.
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.