San Francisco based singer/guitarist Bone Cootes has released three full length self released albums. His latest came in 2013, a 12 track collection entitled Blow Out The Curses available at BoneCootes.com and via CDBaby.com/BoneCootes. His first effort was the bluesy bangin' & twangin' Son of Dave, which featured videos for the track Clown Fight. This was followed a few years later in the new millennium by the moody and evocative Mock Piehole, which emerged after a period of heavy local gigging.
Cootes generally records in an analog mode & lyrically mines the whiskey soaked gutters of the dark side of rock & roll/cabaret life. Creating a sonic circus like atmosphere, Cootes spurts out blasts of bluesy bluster that teeter somewhere between psychotic and serendipitously seedy. Cootes has a vocal delivery reminiscent of fellow carnival barkers & alley way travelers like Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Captain Beefheart. Fellow San Francisco based musician Tom Heyman has said of Cootes : "Cootes sings his offbeat story/songs in a gravelly rasp of a voice, usually inhabiting the character of a sad-sack loser lamenting the bad luck that dogs him. The songs are lyrically vivid, and draw musically from Country Blues, Cool Jazz, folk and rock, arriving at a skewed, off-kilter musical language of their own. Fans of Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman and Warren Zevon will find much to like about Cootes."
Bone Cootes has appeared on compilations such as "San Francisco Song Cycle Vol. 1", and collaborated with a variety of artists including a Swiss production of the music of Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill under the direction of noted conductor Urs Leonhardt Steiner. Most popular as a fixture on Mission District bar jukeboxes, Bone takes his music into SF watering holes where he's utilized a cast of rotating Bay Area band members including noted pub rocker & keyboardist Austin DeLone (Commander Cody,Nick Lowe), Joe Kyle ( now of The Waybacks) and noted knob twiddler Kevin Ink (Kelley Stoltz). On Blow Out The Curses collaborators adding color include noted saxman Ralph Carney, echo harmonics aficionado Jamin Barton, ex-Ryan Adams keyboardist & current Pandora music analyst Danny Eisenberg on Hammond B-3 and Jeffrey Luck Lucas on Cello. As a composer, Cootes has occasionally collaborated with fellow San Francisco based songwriters like Pete Simonelli of the Enablers, Chuck Prophet, and Klipshutz. Recently he's been playing live with local SF songsmiths like Jesse DeNatale, Greg Dale and past members of quasi legendary Bay Area bands like Buck Naked and The Bare Bottom Boys, and Tales of Terror.
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