Say Hey! - Happy Friggin New Year!
Man, we had a nice 2014, feeling the effects of the general upswing, new venues sprouting up like mushrooms, people out in force to have a good time. Hoping that 2015 builds on, and perhaps, exceeds that!
A bustling start for the honky tonkin BDs as well travel through nearly our entire play area, from the Shores of NorCal in Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay to the Sierra Foothills town of Auburn, to the East Bays toney, yet down-to-Earth Pleasanton and even up to the North Bay in happenin Santa Rosa with stops in-between to connect the dots.
Stoked to see our Cruzan Brothers and Sisters, particularly during the winter, at their absolute height of potency, the ever bitchin S.F. Peninsula Midnight Movers AKA Ken, Lora, Shirley, Pat, Nadine and maybe even a Brenda P. sighting! The O-est of Gs The San Jose Boogie Contingent featuring Renee, Steve, Robin, Julie, Karen, Jack, et al. Also our Country Cousins out in them thar Foothills, Katy, Kim and maybe even Krista. And ... The Mountain People!! Yeah, Jan, baby!!
We look forward to your good company!
Video/Slide Show of The Month: The Gone Jackals (K.K.'s previous band) sing the crushing saga that is Rag Doll (Gaudio-Crewe) from the debut CD Out & About with The Gone Jackals. Thought old GJ folks would like this one and current BD folks will see that weve been revving up these killer tunes for a long time around here! Mushy personal notes in the more tab beneath the vid:
See you soon!!
Thanks so much for your continued support.
(AKA Las Nalgas Magnificas)
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:
All Bonedrivers music 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