Hailing from Austin, Texas, live music capitol of the world. Black Bone Child is a creation like no other. In a world of music hybrids, members Donny James and Kenneth M. are offering a new incite into the world of blending the old with the new.
Between an exciting fresh take on slide guitar and driving distorted bass lines, this energetic and rhythmically based rock is sure to keep the dance floors packed and listeners hanging on every note.
In the spring of 2008, in association with White Door Entertainment, BBC has self-produced their debut album at White Door Studios in Austin, TX. The result is a product that showcases not only BBC's songwriting and playing abilities, but also their talents from the other side of the microphone as engineers and producers and even their eye for graphic design. Black Bone Child is a perfect example of a growing niche of completely self-produced do it yourself" musicians, paving the way through an industry clustered with ancient business models.
Black Bone Child's debut CD displays a variety of styles making it impossible to pigeon-hole the group.
My influences are quite a diverse group. I tend to enjoy more aggressive and/or somber songs. I enjoy the extremes, Marilyn Manson to Dave Brubeck. I enjoy all sorts of types of music and try to think of it in terms of song to song rather than genre to genre. A good song is a good song. What makes a good song? One that moves you. I enjoy listening to everything that moves me. My most recently acquired influences would be Tom Waits and Scott H. Biram.
Black Bone Child is a total departure from the influences that started them out as musicians.
The last project Donny and I were in was heavily influenced by NIN and Tool, but I feel like those influences have worked their way out of us. Artists that make me want to write today would have to include PJ Harvey, Tom Waits and BRMC. More roots based alternative music, than hard rock. I do listen to a lot of different music but those artists would make it to my 'Desert Island Discs' list.
Both radio and press have been fervently picking up on the new disc by Black Bone Child - here's what they are saying:
Black Bone Child, flat out rocks! Killer guitars, big beat, V-8 American rock 'n' roll...
Bryan Beck - 107.1 KGSR - Austin, TX
It's that grip-it-and-rip-it rock & roll, full-throttled and hollow-body-distorted, power riffs ripping the straight and narrow track laid out by this Austin duo.
Chase Hoffberger - The Austin Chronicle
Black Bone Child is an exciting new group and one of my favorite discoveries of the summer. A little Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, a little Black Keys, a little blues, and still distinctive, dynamic, and original. I think the entire album is outstanding but love Time Pass Me By" and Light Up The Sky." They are in featured rotation on Cabo Wabo Radio and we look forward to whatever they come up with in the future.
Shadoe Stevens - CaboWaboRadio.net - Los Angeles, CA
What these jaunting rockers signify mostly is the melding of classic blues-based rock 'n' roll in the vein of Muddy Waters and the like, with the modern groove-oriented (and perhaps a direct descendant of original rock) radio-friendly rock ala Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. The guys know how to hit the grooves with confidence and the upmost attention to ear catching bass rhythms. You'll come for the catchiness and stay for the deep nature of these bluesy, ballsy numbers.
This hard charging rock and roll album will keep your feet clapping, your air guitar cranking. If you have a chance to check this band out, you won't be disappointed. Black Bone Child has a bright future.
For me personally, Black Bone Child represents getting out of the thought process of music and more into the feel of it," Donny expounds. When you think about it too much your true emotions don't come through, that is why our live set has been so successful. The music and artwork are meant to grab people and make them want to move."
With all the hoopla that has followed the release of Black Bone Child eponymous debut CD, Donny and Kenneth are preparing to tour in support of the release. The duo has added members to the live ensemble. Jason King plays guitar along with me in the band," says Donny. What a great artist! He is really in tune to what we are doing and you can tell that he loves playing his instrument. All around just a great addition to the band. Steve Hudson plays drums, Having Steve come out and sit down made for an easy choice for the 4th member. He has a way of locking up with Kenneth that makes the rhythm section undeniable. The live act would not be the same without him."
The Tour Dates are as followed:
May 21 Austin TX - Beauty Bar 10pm
May 24 San Antonio TX - Jiggers 10pm
May 27 El Paso TX - Zeppelins Underground 11pm
May 28 Phoenix AZ - TBA (not confirmed)
May 29 San Diego CA - Brick By Brick 10pm
May 30 San Diego CA - TBA (not confirmed)
May 31 Santa Monica CA - Dakota Live Music Lounge 10pm
June 1 Flagstaff/Las Vegas - TBA
June 2 Albuquerque/Santa Fe NM - TBA (not confirmed)
June 3 Lubbock TX - The Blue Light Live 8pm
June 4 Fort Worth TX - The Aardvark 10pm
June 5 Denton TX - Andy's Basement 8pm
June 6 Dallas TX - TBA (not confirmed)
June 11 San Antonio TX - Sam's Burger Joint 10pm
In the meantime, while preparing for the upcoming tour and promoting the band's debut CD, Black Bone Child are writing new material for their next release, which is slated for next year.