1st new song of 2019

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)

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.

 

Hymn For Her w/Black Cat Bone at Tip Top Deluxe 9/19/2018

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Black Cat Bone is back at the Tip Top Deluxe with an opening slot for HYMN FOR HER!!!

Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described in such ways as, “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”, “Opening up Pandoras box and out jumps two hillbillies with electronics that blow your mind.”

Stay tuned for a new release recorded with Vance Powell due out in the fall of 2018.

Returning to the States after a 3 month UK/Euro tour the past two summers playing festivals (including Glastonbury, etc…) and many shows, they immediately hit the road for fall & winter to promote their 4th US release, “Drive Til U Die” recorded partially in their vintage Bambi Airstream and partially in studios with renowned engineers/producers. (Vance Powell, Mitch Easter & Jim Diamond)

For their 3rd release, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames”, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders/Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. They recorded live & mixed 12 original songs in just one week.
The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.

They recorded their 2nd album, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream”, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour.

Their first release, “Year of the Golden Pig” is a bare bones acoustic album recorded in a cabin on a cove on an island off the rocky coast of Maine. It captures the stark barren winter with haunting melodies and yearning lyrics.

Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”

Catch this duo as they burn down the highway and tear up your town like a Wichita twister.

 

616 Showcase June 16 2018

Black Cat Bone returns to Mulligan’s Pub for the 616 Showcase, on the fortuitous date of 6/16. Devilyn Carver put together this show featuring a pretty wide range of talent.

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From the event description:

FREE SHOW
6.16.2018
Music Starts 6pm (21+)
mulliganspubgr.com

Wuzee –
As a founding member of The Almighty Foot Clan, WuZee has gained a reputation as one of the most entertaining performers in West Michigan. Though he draws massive influence from hip hop titans such as MF Doom and Wu-Tang Clan, WuZee’s upbeat style and choice samples never fail to draw a crowd. A nimble lyricist in his own right, WuZee continues to collaborate with many hip hop groups and performers from around the country.
https://www.facebook.com/wuzeedagod/
https://almightyfootclan.bandcamp.com/

Brother Adams –
The unique combination of acoustic and electric instrumentation brings the idea of folk-rock to a new, almost experimental level in Holland-bred Brother Adams. The raw, Modest Mouse-esque rock ‘n’ roll vocals add even more urgency to the trio’s sound, urging the audience to scream the lyrics right along. That being said, a Brother Adams live performance is one not to be missed: These guys love to pull the audience into the expressive passion they pour out on every stage they step onto.
https://www.facebook.com/BrotherAdams/

Black Cat Bone –
Black Cat Bone is a roots music collective exploring the depths of neo-primitive blues and dirty folk. Inspired by the Lomax recordings of early 20th century sharecroppers and prisoners of the rural southern states.
Black Cat Bone utilizes bottleneck guitar, harmonica, and drums to deliver their nihilistic version of the american music experience. Delivering songs about god, the devil, and the lost and lonely souls in between, Black Cat Bone serves up the type of stuff you can play while drinkin’ on the front porch with your friends and family… simple, raw, honest.
https://www.facebook.com/BlackCatBoneGrandRapids/
https://www.reverbnation.com/BlackCatBoneBlues

Maggie May –
Ukulele player. Folk punker. Cat whisperer.
https://www.facebook.com/maggiemay347/

2nd show 2018

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.

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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.