A slammin month this April. Well visit nearly every area we visit and also feature a really nice Special Event: Keith Karloff Live Acoustic Performance and Interview on KPIG in the Santa Cruz Area (info below).
Looking forward to hanging with those fearless Cruzans (they fear neither stormy surf, sharks nor peace) and the hard partying Mountain People. Featured Mountain Dancers this month are Jan, Willie and Ellie.
We also visit our friends in the East Bay The Alameda County Crew (hi Irma!) at the comfy confines of Main St. Brewery in Pleasanton and we even drop in on our Country Cousins over in the Butte Lands of Marysville these are tall folk! Featured Butte dancers are Katie and Kim.
See you soon!!
Heres a LIVE VIDEO of the title track from our current CD Greasefire!! captured at Crow's Nest, Santa Cruz. Click here!
Greasefire!!" is now on Amazon.com. If you have the CD (and we sure hope you do!) and would like to post a review, we might let you sit-in with, or even front the band depending on how good it is ..
And ... Please dont forget to shoot a song request up to D.J. Lejf Jaeger at 107.7FM The Bone. Hes been spinning Gimme Lightning and Its a Beautiful Thing from our last CD Mobile. Maybe hit him up for Greasefire!! and/or "Let's Do It!" from the brand new one this time around! Lejf can be reached here or via e-mail here!
Why not "Say Hey" to The BONEDRIVERS on Facebook!
We have "Greasefire!!" sound files up for a quick listen. Click right here to check it out!
All "Greasefire!!" tracks are now available at your favorite Domestic and Internatioal! web outlets. Go get 'em!
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. Theres 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 Its 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 Ive heard in decades. Karloff doesnt 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 thats 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
Bluesblast Magazine (IL)
The Bonedrivers "Mobile" (BlueBlack Records) BB 4444
Have I got a band for you if youre 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
Rolling Stone Online
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
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:
A special note to our International Friends:
Roadhouse Manifesto is now available for download worldwide at:
Audio3 (Czech Rep.)
* 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
KSVY - Sonoma, CA
KPIG - Monterey, CA
KKUP - Cupertino, CA
KXJZ - Sacramento, CA
KKTO - Tahoe City, CA/Reno, NV
KZSU - Stanford University Radio
KSJS - San Jose State University Radio
KPOO - San Francisco, CA
KPFA - Berkeley, CA
KCRW - Santa Barbara, CA
KFJC - Los Altos Hills, CA
KALX - UC Berkeley Radio
KUSP - Santa Cruz, CA
KUNR - University of Nevada at Reno
KQNC - Quincy, CA
KUOP - Stockton/Modesto, CA
KXJS - Sutter/Marysville/Yuba City, CA
KSSU - Sacramento State University Radio
KIAK - Fairbanks, Alaska
www.hotmix106.com - Sacramento, CA