April Calendar, Final Shows & A Heavy Hearted Announcement From K.K.

A Heavy Hearted Announcement from K.K. -

It is expensive to live in the S.F. Bay Area, but I've had good fortune and can afford it here.  Never minded paying my "dues” to live in such a uniquely beautiful place.

Lost health coverage a while back, been paying $2,200/mo. for COBRA since then, runs out this Summer.  Direct replacement of my lost Anthem/Blue Shield which COBRA covers would be $5,000/mo.  $2,800 is the lowest price for comparable coverage in CA, offered by “non-profit” Kaiser Permanente.  Note that "non-profit" Kaiser’s CEO’s take was nearly $5M/yr. recently - and he isn’t close to the most highly rewarded in his field.  A guy could live on a spare $2,800-$5,000/mo., or even part of that, quite nicely - anywhere.  No relief in sight, quite to the contrary …

So, with a heavy heart, I am informing any and all in my orbit that I will be relocating to Savannah, GA in May, already bought a house there.  One of my favorite cities in the world, would seem to be a good fit.  I only hope that I am not putting a bandaid on a broken leg as Medical and Pharma Industries; faceless, unchecked, publicly traded money-making machines continue to predate, leaving ordinary people and entire families in financial ruin.

For absolute clarity:  I love my life here.  I am being pushed out by an insatiable, out-of-control healthcare system.  If we had a system comparable to the rest of the Developed World, this would not be happening.  End of story.

Leaving with just enough time and financial strength to, at the very least, exercise free will and choose my location.  Trying to be in a position to have a fighting chance as I stare down the barrel of a potentially devastating late period of life.  No idea what to expect in Savannah but will move forward with my head held high and shoulders square.

The Bonedrivers, as have been known, will not exist after one whopper of a run.  Our final shows will be those in April.

I’d like to thank Jim Nelson, who has become a true brother to me over the years, the good natured, talented and loyal Thom Stokes, long-time stalwart and buddy Gary Hobish and every single person who has worked with, supported or advocated for me - even those who provided a good foil to push up against, lol!

Don’t know of anyone who has done more of that what they truly love over the course of their life or had more fun than I’ve had.  Not a happy camper at this moment but won’t succumb to the pity pot; this Universe has consistently gone out of its way for me and, for that, I am supremely grateful.  Could be happening at this very moment ...

Still wish I could kick out few more tunes for you, but have always accepted that nothing can be static, not the way this world works.

In my life, I’ve loved you all!



The Bonedrivers will still live on Facebook!

**2019 Calendar**

Advance dates are subject to change. Please check regularly.

    April - Final Shows

    Fri. April 5th - The Iron Gate - 11360 El Camino Real, Belmont, CA (650) 592-7893
    Sat. April 6th - Pistol Pete's - 140 Harrison Ave., Auburn, CA (530) 885-5093
    Sat. April 13th - Rellik Tavern - 726 First St, Benicia, CA, (707) 746-1137
    Fri. April 19th - Main St. Brewery - 830 Main St., Pleasanton, CA (925) 462-8218
    Sat. April 20th - The Cat’s Tavern - 17533 Santa Cruz Hwy., Los Gatos, CA (408) 354-4020

    Here are a few recent live videos we leave for you - hope you like ‘em!:
    Should I Stay or Should I Go?(The Clash)
    Pretty Woman (Roy Orbison)

    All Bonedrivers recordings are available at Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes, Pandora and all your favorite digital outlets.

    All Bonedrivers CDs, including our current "Greasefire!!" are on Amazon.com. If you have the CD (and we sure hope you do!) and would like to post a review, click right here to post a review.

    "Greasefire!!" and all Bonedrivers CDs are available at all shows!
    Here's a link if you can't wait and/or would prefer to purchase online from us directly.
    For our International Friends and folks who would prefer to purchase from a reputable dealer "Greasefire!!" is now in stock with our Distributor City Hall Records.
    Here's a link for a quick listen to the new CD

    Don't forget to request any tune you'd like to hear from "Greasefire!!, "Mobile" or "Roadhouse Manifesto" at
    your powerful, local station below. Just click and let 'er fly - here ya' go - thanks!

    The Bone 107.7 FM - San Francisco, CA
    KRSH - Santa Rosa, CA
    KVMR - Nevada City, CA
    KPOO - San Francisco, CA (
    Best little station in the world, featuring the great Johnny Brooklyn!)
    KFOG - San Francisco, CA
    KPIG - Freedom/Salinas/Monterey, CA

Rolling Stone Online
"Roadhouse Manifesto"++
5 of 5 Stars

"There's just 3 words for this album. It Kicks Ass. Keith Karloff's method of trying the songs out live before even working them onto the CD truly makes a record without a sleeper on it. Even the pre mastered discs enjoyed airplay on 91.3 KSVY in Sonoma long before the CD got it's 'official' release. The 'Old School' tone and format of the songs make it familiar the first time you listen to it.
If you don't like 'Live to Ride' then you've never liked straight forward rock. There's no gimmicks on this disc, Just straight forward Blues based rock and roll. Can't wait till they come back to Sonoma to see what Keith and Co. have up their sleeves."

James Marshall Berry Sonoma Valley Music Scene 91.3 KSVY FM www.KSVY.org - Rolling Stone Online

Excerpts from two new "Mobile" reviews from the legendary BluesBlast Magazine (IL) and Northern Florida's own "Gainesville 365"

Gainesville 365 (FL)

The Bonedrivers "Mobile" (BlueBlack Records) BB 4444

In “Mobile,” Karloff gets his feet wet enough in Delta sound to make a believable anthem.  There’s not a shred of copycatting in any of the ten songs.  Things are kept simple for the most part, and this makes the CD a real gem.  As I listened to it, I pondered why it worked when it could easily have failed and I came up with a combination of two factors:  Simplicity and originality.  Karloff has authored a straight-up set of good old bar boogie minus the melancholy of inauthentic place and time.

The best of these tunes are “It’s a Beautiful Thing” and “Honky Tonk Prayer,” which Karloff has also cut for radio.  The first is a love song to, of all things, domestication of the male animal, and the second is one of the best “Southern” songs I’ve heard in decades.  Karloff doesn’t seem to be someone who overwrites and then has to mercilessly edit.  Music and lyric are in perfect balance and that is, I think, one of the hallmarks of the Southern rock genre in general or to all forms of song.

The other seven songs, including the Delta-stomper “Gimme Lightning,” are a roadmap, ranging from Memphis to the Carolinas and the deep bayou.  This might not be clear to the Northern ear and that’s fine, too. Bonedrivers are not a cover outfit and achieve success on their own merits and with some very hard work.  The biggest compliment I can pay them and their new album is that it is my earnest belief that they could slide right into some of our more discerning venues and fit right in.

S. Mars 2/10/11
Full Review

Bluesblast Magazine (IL)

The Bonedrivers "Mobile" (BlueBlack Records) BB 4444

Have I got a band for you if you’re partial to Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad, southern rock, BTO or the crunchier reaches of the Led Zeppelin catalog. Throw in a dash of The Outlaws and stir vigorously. Thick power chords, thumping jungle-drums, manic slide guitar excursions and even harmony vocals are here for the taking. Front man-guitarist-singer Keith Karloff leads his merry troupe thru power-rock accented by funk and the requisite positive “dude commander vibe”. Karloff stretches out his guitar prowess here in fine form and the lead vocals show more depth with each repeated listening.
Blues-rock paradise awaits you compliments of this San Francisco boogie band!

Greg “Bluesdog” Szalony 2/17/11
Full Review

All Bonedrivers tracks available at your favorite download sites right now. Here are some links for digital purchase and/or to pick up a hard copy via mail order if you are more comfortable transacting with the Big Kahuna Co.'s than with little ol' BB Records directly:

CD Universe
Condensed Listing of Online CD Outlets

(for our friends in Europe):
CD Market

Live Lance Monthly review from Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco supporting The Yardbirds:

Red Devil Lounge, San Francisco
April 1, 2007

"Then came The Bonedrivers, a power trio so electrifying they could light a room of candles. Dripping with self-assurance, they covered all bases, from the blues to funk to standard rock and roll. Try to imagine ZZ Top battling it out with Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and George Thorogood and The Destroyers, and that should clue you in on where The Bonedrivers are at. The band delivered boogie rhythms by the score, the drumming was explosive, the vocals were pleasingly gritty and the guitar and bass work sizzled and slinked with thrilling sensations ... By the time The Yardbirds appeared, the crowd was already dangerously on fire."

Beverly Patterson, Lance Monthly, May 2007


All CD tracks are now available for download for you Earbud Folks right here:

Yahoo Music
Audio Lunchbox


A special note to our International Friends:
Roadhouse Manifesto
is now available for download worldwide at:

HMV (Japan)
Omskrock (Russia)
Helitroop (Finland)
Beslist (Netherlands)
Megastore (Sweden)
Audio3 (Czech Rep.)
Destra (Australia)
Fotolog (Brazil

* Please feel free to make your Bonedrivers listening requests to the following stations - they're already spinning "Roadhouse Manifesto" and some have just added our disc to their steady rotation!

KRSH - Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma, CA
Monterey, CA
Cupertino, CA
Sacramento, CA
Tahoe City, CA/Reno, NV
Stanford University Radio
San Jose State University Radio
San Francisco, CA
Berkeley, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Los Altos Hills, CA
UC Berkeley Radio
Santa Cruz, CA
University of Nevada at Reno
- Quincy, CA
- Stockton/Modesto, CA
- Sutter/Marysville/Yuba City, CA
- Sacramento State University Radio
- Fairbanks, Alaska
- Sacramento, CA