Looming large, we return to again headline NAPA CITY NIGHTS in a full-blown concert setting at Veteran’s Memorial Park Amphitheatre in Dowtown Napa. This is one magnificent outdoor show, smack on the banks of the Napa River. Monster stage, PA, lights and an all-ages shebang to boot. Not to be missed! Can’t overlook BLACKSMITH SQUARE in Livermore, another outdoor-all ages show in Downtown Livermore which we’ve been enjoying greatly for several seasons now. Gazebos, Tap 25 Craft Beer, great East Bay crowd. A treat, all around!
We swing through SEVERINO'S in scenic Aptos (Santa Cruz Metro) to visit with our great buds, The Cruzans, drop in to the cozy, always jumping MURPHY’S LAW in good old Sunnyvale (San Jose Metro), then load up our woodies and head on over to the happening HALF MOON BAY BREWING CO. in good lookin' Old Princeton (HMB Metro). We also trek out to visit our country cousins at THE CLUB CAR in Downtown Auburn. Club Car is a spiffy, attractive and well run venue right on Auburn's main strip. This is a return date, a great new room for the band out that way. Would love to see our Foothills and Valley Folk out there!
Can’t wait to visit with all our great, great NorCal friends.
See you soon!
Keith, Thom & Jim
AKA The Bonedrivers
(Los Conductores Del Hueso)
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Video of the Month: “Love Lines” Live! A nice bouncy, dance track, lyric inspired by the great “Love Potion #9” (Leiber-Stoller) from our “Greasefire!!” CD.
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
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:
Condensed Listing of Online CD Outlets
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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
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Kick it over and motor on down!
Keith Karloff, Thomas Stokes & Jim Nelson