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Black Bone Cat: Kick Ass Classic Rock and then some.

by rj

When I saw the name “Black Bone Cat” on Pete’s Cafe’s band list this month it didn’t strike a bell. I thought I’d best look into it though. Pete books his bands based on his years of experience, and buddy, he’s got the knack. Pete has a great talent for booking great talent. Turns out I feel like a fool for not knowing who the hell this band is already. They aren’t new, they aren’t young, but damn sure rock. The once awesome CJSS donated a couple members to Black Bone Cat and the current line up features Rick Kern (vocals-guitar), Brian Coleman (lead guitar), Les Sharp (drums) and Dave Wade (bass). It’s a fine line up too (with the addition of the female singer the band also plays under the name Grooveyard).

Black Bone Cat has over a decade of experience under their guitar straps. Their no stranger to great classic rock either. Take their Zeppelin cover “Moby Dick”. Not only does Brian kick ass with searing Jimmy Page riffs but drummer Les Sharp simply melts the stage with his awesome drum solo. Hand slappin the first third, then morphing into a double bass, triple time, stage shakin’ finale that’s simply, as good as it gets.
You can see the video on their website (blackbonecat.com), while you’re there check out the band’s cover of Tesla (Love Song) bassist Dave Wade blasts out incredibly strong vocals on this tune, energy and enthusiasm run high here. Same deal on the Black Bone Cat’s “War Pigs” cover. Sabbath is seldom covered, and certainly not covered enough. BBC has that same Sabbath groove as the original and I really dug this tune, even though it has been over played. Rick Kern and Brian Coleman really shine on this one.

There are also vids for Hotel California, Scorpians, Judas Priest, Rush and even Ratt. I never here Ratt! BBC’s version is heavier than the original (Van Halen-ish too) and I dug that. The band digs into more modern WEBN rock too. They have vids for Nickleback and Theory of a Deadman to prove it. The real proof is in the pudding right? Whatever that means. What I mean is the live show is where it’s at. Check out the show at any of these fine venues: 2nd - Rick’s Tavern (Grooveyard), 9th - Charlie’s Throttle Stop, 15th - Pete’s Cafe, 16th - Pirates Den II, 22nd - Hollywood Casino (Grooveyard) 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m and the 29 & 30 - The Knotty Pine.
BBC, sorry it took so long to “discover” you guys. Thanks goes to Pete. Eastsiders! Pete’s Cafe is the only place anywhere near the eastside you’ll find this band.... for now anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

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