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
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!
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
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.