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Bone-A-Fied

by Boogie Bone

The music on “Bone-A-Fied” is all original and quite engaging. It drives straight to your nerve endings, bringing on an excited sweat, compelling you to shake and dance.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
BOOGIE BONE’S SECOND RELEASE BONE-A-FIED GRABS YOU BY THE EARS
AND WON’T LET GO!

Some blues purists may be put off by the diversity of material from this powerhouse quintet emerging
from Portland, Oregon, but it doesn’t seem to bother them or their fans The Boneheads in the least.
Boogie Bone explodes on this disc as they have on the fertile blues scene in Portland. Mild mannered,
and good natured, until they reach full flash mode and all hell breaks loose. Most of the time using a
blues base to explore other genres, but not afraid to knock down any walls that stand in their path.

Their sophomore album begins traditionally enough with an old school slide guitar groove and dirty
harp accompaniment that sound like it might have been laid down on the porch swing in front of a
shack in Mississippi. But be prepared for a mule kick when the Avenging Angel enters in full battle
array. Big and loud and demanding to be heard. Bone-A-Fied covers a wide range of blues influenced
music. From the Zeppelinesque Avenging Angel to the neo-swing Boogie Bone Boogie. Other cuts like
the New Orleans stylised Make it Easy, teary ballad Don’t Mean A Thing, and traditional blues rocker
Where’s My Lady , keep the vibe and movin’ and grovin’ as the disc progresses.

“We were raised on the blues music of our parents, Magic Sam, Paul Butterfield, Howlin’ Wolf,
but that gave way to the bands of our generation that took it to the next level” explains Boogie Bone
singer Jake Johnson. “For us it was the bands like Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, and later Stevie Ray Vaughn
that struck us. Bands with attitude, that weren’t afraid to step on a few toes, that’s who really opened
our eyes to what the blues meant to us” added guitarist Steven Dee Williams.

Boogie Bone is comprised of lifelong musicians that have played almost every genre of music in
their careers. They came together as old friends returning to their roots and playing the music that
moved them regardless of commercial potential. It is this approach that has endeared them to their fans,
and fuelled the engine of creativity. The material is written by Williams and Johnson, with
multiintrumentalistand Oregon Music Hall of Fame member (Shock) Steve Snyder, drummer Todd
Stevens,and bassist Henry Gavladon filling in the grooves.


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Greg Johnson

Bone-A-Fied
It has been said, “The blues had a baby and they named it rock & roll.” But sometimes, that child does not stray too far from its mother’s bosom. That is where Boogie Bone is quite at home. Blues with an edge. Riding on the brink of rock & roll. With guitar riffs that burn. A solid rhythm section that drives directly from the pocket and keeps everything directly focused and on pace. Vocals that tear at one’s soul and can soar in a manner that cannot be ignored. Then there’s this other guy, who fills all the extra necessary needs that without the band just wouldn’t be the same. It’s that extra piece that brings everything home, blending with a power surge that makes the band unique.

For their sophomore effort, Boogie Bone took their time, making certain that everything was just right. That lengthy wait between their debut and this second disc, “Bone-A-Fied,” was more than well worth it. As fantastic as that first record was, this one takes it to another level. Kind of like Spinal Tap’s “eleven” volume amps, you just know it’s one better. Songwriting, performance and group comradery; it’s the full package!

Boogie Bone can easily trace its roots to blues shouters and high energy rockers. Guitarist Steven Dee Williams tears into monstrous riffs a la the likes of Johnny Winter, Gary Moore or Roy Buchanan, providing a starting point and pulse that plays throughout each number. Definitely the focal point of their live performances. Williams is a no prisoners taken musician easily at home burning down the house on a Stratocaster or delivering Delta-fueled licks on his steel-bodied guitar (“Angel Preamble”). You just know that Jake Johnson listened closely to vocalists like Paul Rodgers or Robert Plant, because he has that same ability to reach those ranges only few others can match seemingly with no effort. Drummer Todd “Spud” Stevens and bassist Henry Gavaldon are certainly unsung heroes of this band, but without either of them everything would fall flat. There is a second-sense between a band and its rhythm section and with really good ones everything is like clock-work. That’s the synergy that this pair provide. And what could possibly be said about Steve Snyder? Is there anything that this guy cannot play? Switching between saxophone, harmonica, flute and keyboards, he is like a one-man dream team that would make any act he’s with on a level one step above everybody else.

The music on “Bone-A-Fied” is all original and quite engaging. It drives straight to your nerve endings, bringing on an excited sweat, compelling you to shake and dance. Don’t try to stop that urge, it’ll only make you that much more restless. It’s aimed at eliciting such a reaction. Boogie Bone wants to rattle your bones. And it all comes home to that fine line between blues and rock. But they may be the first to admit they’re guilty of playing rock & roll, as stated in the song “Blues Police.” But make no mistake. It may kick you in the butt, but it’s all the blues. That much you can take to the bank! Yes sir!!

JD

Bone-A-Fied
The Spice of Life

Variety is what this wonderful new CD from Portland, Oregon based Boogie Bone is all about. Although generally classified in the blues genre, their second CD encompasses great new original material that ventures outside the restrictions of straight blues to embrace swing ("Boogie Bone Boogie" and "I Don't Know"), progressive rock ("Hold It Down") and even a Carl Perkins-ish sound on "My Way Home".

Their first album, the self titled "Boogie Bone", had ten original compositions and was a surprise over achiever that developed a strong following of fans. It was a surprise only in that the production of the full length CD was an afterthought. "Bone-A-Fied" is a much more deliberate effort. Unlike "Boogie Bone", in "Bone-A-Fied" the band was able to take full advantage of super talented Oregon Music Hall of Fame sax man Steve Snyder. Snyder didn't join the band until they were about midway through the recording of their first album.

It's not just the addition of their "one man horn section" that allows "Bone-A-Fied" to avoid the dreaded sophomore curse, but the continuing creativity of song writing duo Steven Dee Williams and Jake Johnson. They completely obliterate the curse with songs that feature smart lyrics, infectiously catchy melodies and tight interaction of all the band members. In fact, like their first CD, "Bone-A-Fied" doesn't have a bad song on it, but even more so, if that makes any sense!

It's difficult pick a favorite tune out of the thirteen. But there are some that stand out. The blues ballad "Don't Mean A Thing" grabs you by the heart and doesn't let go. That's an impression reinforced by Williams' long sustained guitar note at its end. "Make It Easy" is brilliantly inventive taking the listener on a trip into what could be a speakeasy while invoking old New Orleans jazz. And there are the two swing songs that force people off their behinds and onto the dance floor.

All throughout the recording Boogie Bone pays homage to their influences and heroes. There's the unavoidable comparison with Jethro Tull because of Snyder's flute in "Long Goodbye" and especially "Hold It Down", Carl Perkins as already mentioned in "My Way Home" and then there's "Gotcha Baby", a stunning tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. In fact it's probably a song that SRV would have written himself if he hadn't stepped into that helicopter so long ago. Williams does it justice with a gutsy adaptation of Stevie Ray-like licks, which makes you want to pull out "Texas Flood" for another listen.

Yet somehow this intriguing collection of varied music doesn't end up disjointed, but actually it all fits together seamlessly with each song complimenting the next. And unlike many other albums that lack variety - that actually don't dare to ruffle a few feathers - Bone-A-Fied ends up being an addiction. And I'm afraid there's no cure. I'm still playing it over and over again, and may never get tired of it!

This CD easily rates five stars!

Vicente 'Harmonica' Zúmel Radio PICA 96'6 FM.

'La Hora del Blues
All this band musicians have the real feeling and original twist. Besides, they are mature enough to have reached a place among the best ones of Oregon blues circles. Own attractive songs, done with an extreme good taste and an amazing beat, quite close to their Portland colleagues, The Strange Tones, they share a very similar musical conception with. Boogie Bone give a cool innovative air to the garage rock blues they play, with an original contemporary daring own style. Thirteen excellent own songs by guitar player Steven Dee Williams and Jason R. Pope, who has also done the album design. The other band musicians are Howlin’ Jake Johnson on vocals, Todd Spud Stevens on drums, and Henry Gavaldon on bass. Horn arrangements come from Steve Snyder who plays all saxs, harmonica, flute and keyboards. An attractive album, done with great care that will surprise you more than you can at first sight imagine. VERY GOOD.

Greg Johnson

Bone-A-Fied!
It has been said, “the blues had a baby and they named it rock & roll.” But sometimes, that child
does not stray too far from it’s mother bosom. That is where Boogie Bone is quite at home. Blues
with an edge. Riding on the brink of rock & roll. With guitar riffs that burn. A solid rhythm section
that drives directly from the pocket and keeps everything directly focused and on pace. Vocals that
tear at one’s soul in a manner that cannot be ignored. Then there’s this other guy, who fills all the
extra necessary needs that without the band just wouldn’t be the same. It’s that extra piece that
brings everything home, blending with a power surge that makes the band unique.
For their sophomore effort, Boogie Bone took their time, making certain that everything was just
right. That lengthy wait between their debut and this second disc “Bone-A-Fied” was more than
well worth it. As fantastic as that first record was, this one takes it to another level. Kind of like
Spinal Tap’s “eleven” volume amps, you just know it’s one better. Songwriting, performance, and
group camaraderie; it’’s the full package.
Boogie Bone can easily trace its roots to blues shouters and high energy rockers. Guitarist Steven
Dee Williams tears into monstrous riffs a la the likes of Johnny Winter, Gary Moore, and Roy
Buchanan, providing a starting point and pulse that plays throughout each number. Definitely the
focal point of their live performances. Williams is a no prisoners taken musician easily at home
burning down the house on a Stratocaster or delivering Delta-fueled licks on his steel-bodied guitar
(“Angel Preamble”). You know that Jake Johnson listened closely to vocalists like Paul Rogers or
Robert Plant, because he has that same ability to reach those ranges only few others can match
seemingly with no effort. Drummer Todd “Spud” Stevens and bassist Henry Gavaldon are the
unsung heroes of this band, but without either of them everything would fall flat. There is a
second-sense between a band and its rhythm section and with the really good ones everything is
like clock-work. That’s the synergy that this pair provide. And what could possibly be said about
Steve Snyder? Is there anything this guy cannot play? Switching between saxophone, harmonica,
flute, and keyboards, he is like a one-man dream team that would make any act he’s with on a level
one step above everybody else.
The music on “Bone-A-Fied” is all original and quite engaging. It drives straight to your nerve
ending, bringing an excited sweat, compelling you to shake and dance. Don’t try to stop that urge,
it’ll only make you that much more restless. It’s aimed at eliciting such a reaction. Boogie Bone
wants to rattle your bones. And it all comes home to that fine line between blues and rock. But they
may be the first to admit they’re guilty of playing rock & roll, as stated in the song “Blues Police.”
But make no mistake. It may kick you in the butt, but it’s all the blues. That much you can take to
the bank! Yes Sir!