Ten Foot Polecats are a three piece band from the Boston/Worcester Massachusetts area but their influence is drawn from deep roots of the North Mississippi Hill Country. They have constructed a very definite sound that sets them apart from other artists as they bring a very aggressive attitude and approach to their brand of blues and roots. Due to this, they have made quite an impression on the national and local music scenes as they are currently one of the few blues based bands booked across the country in the rock, punk, and psychobilly circuits along with the various blues and roots circles.
Ten Foot Polecats are:
Jay Scheffler (vocals/harp)
Jim Chilson (guitar)
Dave Darling (drums)
They have toured the Eastern & Central United States in 2009 and 2010, along with some spot appearances in the Western United States in 2008. Along the way have shared the stage with such nationally known acts as T-Model Ford, Kenny Brown, Scott Biram, Kent Burnside and The New Generation, Bob Margolin, Black Diamond Heavies, Left Lane Cruiser, Cedell Davis, The Scissormen, Robert Cage, Elmo Williams, The Goddamn Gallows, Sasquatch & The Sickabillys, The Koffin Kats, Billy Jo Shaver, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, Larry and His Flask, Smokestack and The Foothill Fury, Pork Chop Willie, Big Jon Short, and more.
On March 23rd 2010, Ten Foot Polecats first full length CD "I Get Blamed For Everything I Do" was released on Hillgrass Bluebilly Records out of Austin, Texas. Known as a record label that is at the forefront of the raw & primal roots revolution movement, Hillgrass Bluebilly, and Ten Foot Polecats seem like a perfect match as they have forgone the current sterile music market and are now delivering the new sound of the old ways and putting the hunger back into the listening experience that has been missing from today’s popular music. Hillgrass Bluebilly promotes the rebirth of passion, conviction & instrumentation, an equality of sound and skill that isn't trying to sell you anything, and just bringing truth in music as it goes back to its roots. Have been involved with such artists as Scott H. Biram, Bob Log III, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, Left Lane Cruiser, Possessed by Paul James, William Elliott Whitmore, Soda, Tom VandenAvond, C.W. Stoneking, Boomswagglers, and now Ten Foot Polecats. This past year Hillgrass Bluebilly’s double tribute compilation CD “Hiram and Huddie” was nominated for an Independent Music Award as it showcased some of today’s finest primal and raw roots revolution rebels as they paid tribute to the great Hank Williams & Leadbelly. Their artists have also been involved in film, television & radio. Such outlets have included Slowboat Films “The Folksinger”, song appearances in the movie, “The Waitress”, on television series such as “My Name is Earl” & “The Bounty Hunter”, as well as live appearances on various television shows.