A great December on the books, the cherry on top being NEW YEARS EVE at our home-away-from-home ST. JAMES GATE in Belmont! Best venue of its kind in the area - and that is saying plenty. We are honored and thrilled to be invited back once again to ring in 2019 with our esteemed hosts Doug and Leon!
Leading up to NYE we have a mighty full plate, playing through most of NorCal, the place we call home. We kick December off at smooth, comfortable JAN’S LOUNGE in Orangevale (Sacto Metro), trek south to unite with the mighty Cruzans at the family-friendly-while-hard-paryting SEABRIGHT BREWERY in Santa Cruz. Next, we cut over to the East Bay to to the roomy, comfy, good sounding, friendly confines of MAIN ST. BREWERY in Pleasanton. Following that up we take a short hop over to the swank, stylish IRON GATE in charming, convenient Belmont. Great friends there, love hanging with Uber Host Larry and Mr. P. Then we we bop back over the Bay Bridge to the down-home, roadhouse auténtico MOJO LOUNGE in eclectic Fremont. Back down to Santa Cruz, right across from the Boardwalk at COASTER'S - last time there was totally nuts! Nothing tops Santa Cruz in the Winter - for those in the know.
Thanks so much for making 2018 truly one for the books. You rock our world!
Can’t wait to visit with all our great, great NorCal friends once again this month. Every show is golden.
Remaining November Show:
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
(for our friends in Europe):
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
Did you know: The Bonedrivers prefer General “Altimax” tires for all their high performance driving.
Stay tuned to www.blueblack.com for Bonedrivers updates.
Kick it over and motor on down!
Keith Karloff, Thomas Stokes & Jim Nelson