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...
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, 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)
“Black Bone Child rocked. I was passing by Friends and heard them. 2 hours later I was blown away. The dirtiest, sexiest rock ever. They jumped all over the stage and had me dancing like a crazy woman. Please play "Make Me Bleed". That is my favorite song. I bought the cd and already know all the words.”
Blog Critics - Album Review by Blog Critics Press ReviewsBlog Critics - Album Reivew [- Hide]Mike LewittDonny James and Kenneth Hailing last 8 years of collaboration have yielded their first CD release, self titled Black Bone Child. This...
eMusic - Album Review by eMusic.com This debut album by Black Bone Child is unexpectedly polished. The basics of pure, raw blues are presented with loads of talent and sophistication. I can't wait for their next effort, in which I...
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Donny James and Kenneth Hailing last 8 years of collaboration have yielded their first CD release, self titled Black Bone Child. This hard charging rock and roll album will keep your feet clapping your air guitar cranking. Being a big blues fan myself, I love the way they pull in the harmonica and create that bluesy kind of rock and roll sound.
Black Bone Child hails from Austin Texas. Donny and Ken found their way to each other through a mutual friend. After four songs they realized they had the chemistry to create the sound they have both been looking for.
“Watch it Burn” is one their personal favorites on the album. The cool thing about this song is that much of it was written by email between these two artists. “Kenneth and I wrote that through emails before he moved out to Austin with me. I remember sending him the riff and some vocal ideas and he sent me a finished song,” said Donny James.
One of the refreshing things about this group is their desire to play live. With the tens of thousands of artists on the web and the major labels controlling what we hear on the radio, it is difficult to find the Black Bone Childs of the world. What separates the men from the boys is the live performances.
“I feel very proud being on stage with those three other guys because I know we are delivering everything Donny and I set out to do,” added Kenneth.
If you have a chance to check this band out, you won’t be disappointed. Black Bone Child has a bright future. Please support them.
eMusic - Album Review by eMusic.com This debut album by Black Bone Child is unexpectedly polished. The basics of pure, raw blues are presented with loads of talent and sophistication. I can't wait for their next effort, in which I hope their lyrics are allowed to be more fully developed.
Indie Showcase - Album Review by Shashona Goodman Indieshowcase 'Black Bone Child' has got to be the best surprize for us here at Indie Showcase and awesomeradio.net this year!! This band is not only a must see , but also a must have !! The vocals are brilliant on this new CD. This band will have your toes boppin and up on the dance floor in no time flat! 'Time Pass Me By' is my personal favorite, but, there isn't one track better than the one before it on this album.
This band will rock you into another zone!! And this is one zone I want to be in! Guitars, drums/ percussion, bass, all are fantastic. And who knew the slide guitar could do that?! Man... The guys have it all!! Well done on this CD!!!
Black Bone Child rocks my world!! Check them out for yourself today! www.myspace.com/blackbonechild
Music Emissions - Album Review by Kevin Seller Music Emissions “Bubbling up from the southern reaches of Austin, Texas come Black Bone Child, a young collaboration of well-seasoned local musicians. First good thing to say about the band is that they're not trying to fit into any specific niche, that much is clear just from reading into their influences and sampling a track or two. But when you dig into their self-titled debut, you find that their main influence is quite contradictory to some of the old-timey southern blues gears they switch to throughout. Mostly, though, utilizing the D-I-Y attitude, vocal nuances (whichever of the two in this duo do the singing sounds almost EXACTLY like him) and production flair of Trent Reznor is a worthwhile endeavor. BBC keep it fresh enough to avoid any calls of dullness on their part.
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. Songs early on have more in common with their roots, most notable being"Time Pass Me By" and twangy "Watch it Burn", which sounds like George Thouroughood possessed with the spirit of Rob Zombie. Later on, tracks like "Fill Me Up" and "You're Gonna See" scream of the sort of industrial-pop making acts like Black Light Burns and NiN intensely relevant. The cross-stitching of influences is seamless and, by all apparent factors, something that comes together nicely as the sounds connect throughout time, from one generation to the next.
All sorts of props to these two relative unknown guys and their Black Bone Child project. For at least one album's worth of songs, a listener can at once be treated to head-bobbing grooves, passionate vocals, sharp guitar and a musical history lesson to boot. You'll come for the catchiness and stay for the deep nature of these bluesy, ballsy numbers. The only thing it's really missing is that "it" factor, and I think that might be more a matter of how close they play it by ear in regards to their influences and their songwriting. But this record oozes not only solid music, but a real promise for a future head-turning release.”