Tracking went great for our upcoming CD this week, a very auspicious start. Plenty more work to do on it, but we look to be on schedule for a September 2013 release. Regular progress updates to come, very exciting.
On the live show front, a great May on the books including two Biggies Hot Harvest Nights (The San Carlos Fair) and The Purple Place in scenic El Dorado Hills.
We begin the month at R-Place in Livermore. This venue has a great layout, prime location, perfect dance floor and great sight lines highly recommended East Bay venue, plus we have good friends out that way now too. Then we play an outdoor-all ages event Hot Harvest Nights (The San Carlos Fair) and visit with our Peninsula friends. Local produce in abundance, so pick up some healthy, happy food to chomp while enjoying the band in a rippin concert setting. Next we drive up to the The Purple Place in scenic Folsom, a terrific venue for live music. Comfy, good dance floor, good sightlines plus you might consider bringing your rig to fish in Folsom Lake before the show or on Sunday if youd like to stay over. Then we head out to visit with our great buddies The Mountain People at #1 Broadway in toney Los Gatos - the best Thursday night series in the South Bay! Featured Mountain Dancers are, again, our faves Larry, Tammy & Mary. Next we mosey on over to the ultra authentic roadhouse Grumpys in Olivehurst (Yuba City Area). Wear your ten gallon hats to this one locals wear eleven gallon hats as everything is a little bigger out that way. After that, we again crunch into the comfy, cozy confines of Murphys Law in Sunnyvale, hosted by Uber MC Derek G. Always a great night! We wrap up the month at Cats Tavern in Los Gatos. Great house PA system, great food, a rippin concert setting and this is the true Land of The Mountain People
Thanks so much for your continued support.
(AKA Los Tres Pedos Potentes)
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
The current CD "Mobile" (BlueBlack Records BB 4444), named after the City of Mobile, Alabama is available for order right now on The Bonedrivers website. Domestic and International distribution are handled by City Hall Records, San Rafael, CA and the new disc is now available in any/all brick and morter stores i.e. Borders, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Amoeba, Dimples, Rasputin, etc.
All 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:
Condensed Listing of Online CD Outlets
(for our friends in Europe):
To hear samples of the new tunes, simply click here or here
"Mobile" is available at all Live Shows too!
We greatly appreciate your continued friendship and support!
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
Say Hey to the BONEDRIVERS on MySpace.com.
Did you know: Keith Karloff is quite a bit taller than Peter OMalley but always gives Peter the high side of stages to keep the band looking more balanced!
Stay tuned to www.blueblack.com for Bonedrivers updates.
Kick it over and motor on down!
Keith Karloff, Peter O'Malley & Jim Nelson