The term "Americana" is thrown around a lot in music. CUTE BOOTS use such a word on themselves because they believe their band should consist of a collection of songs and stories that reflect their real-life experiences as young, working American musicians.
Born from the eclectic indie scene in Atlanta, GA, Cute Boots' piano-driven brand of "city-folk" is influenced by singer/songwriters like Paul Simon or James Taylor and energetic collaborative bands such as The Band, or Jackson Browne.
Otis's (songwriter/pianist) affinity for melodic harmony makes for compelling live performances, often consisting of the band singing and telling under-dog stories of life as a widower, a son, traveling musician, etc. All stories unified under a common theme: The American experience.
Composed of five life-long friends who call themselves Otis, Betty, Chief, Dr. Thumps, and Cyclone Charlie, Cute Boots is just warming up. With the release of a demo and two EP's, the band's developed a devoted local following in just over a year and aims to get a whole hell of a lot done in 2013.
For footage of the band's recent performance on WREK in Atlanta follow this link: https://vimeo.com/60133725
Otis - Vocals, Piano
Chief - Vocals, Drums
Betty - Vocals, Harmonica
Dr. Thumps - Vocals, Bass
Cyclone Charlie - Vocals, Guitar
Rhythm Jenkins - Occasional Tambo
Merv Ladywitz - Keys and Vox, Occasional Harmonica
Cute Boots - "This Here's the View from My Back Porch" September 2012
Cute Boots - "Born and Raised" February 2012
Cute Boots - Demo - November 2010
Record Review: Born and Raised
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By Alex Brenner Cute Boots – Born and Raised EP I’m probably a bit biased when it comes to thi...By Alex Brenner
Cute Boots – Born and Raised EP
I’m probably a bit biased when it comes to this band; probably one of my favorite Atlanta bands out at the moment. I’m not sure if I was really drunk one night at 529 but I swore during sound check they did a pretty sweet version of Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town.” On that alone I was pretty excited to get a hold of their new EP, Born and Raised.
For some reason Cute Boots reminds me of The Band – incredible songwriting and just a huge sound. Driven by piano, boy/girl vocals and big gang sing-along choruses, every song on this record is so well done. Americana is so hard to pull off without sounding too singer/songwriter or just basically like every other alt-country band out there. Cute Boots does not have that problem. They have carved their own niche. In a town that seems to have no shortage of metal bands and indie rock hipsters with Casios, it’s great to see a band actually writing great songs and also being able to play them. I f the opening track “The Fire” doesn’t get you, than you probably need to go get your pulse checked.
"An Emphatic Jolt of Springsteen Spirit"
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Ever since Cute Boots released their eponymous debut EP back in May, I’ve been eagerly waiting for t...Ever since Cute Boots released their eponymous debut EP back in May, I’ve been eagerly waiting for them to return with more of their earnest, sepia-toned take on folk and Americana. As it happens, a few weeks ago the band launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a new three-song 7-inch entitled Born and Raised. With 21 days remaining, the five-piece have already drawn close to accomplishing their goal and fulfilling their financial pledge. With the funding secure, we should begin to see copies of the new record hitting Atlanta in January.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait that long to get our first taste of what Cute Boots has in store as the band has made record’s A-side track available for download on their Soundcloud page. “The Fire” is a jaunty, piano-driven rambler that’s all about propulsive forward movement and Springsteen spirit. It’s open air, top down road trip music that glistens loud and proud with contagious energy and blue sky warmth. Check it out below.
STREAM: Cute Boots - "Lookout"
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While the material may be new, these are songs that feel worn and dusty with age. It’s music that so...While the material may be new, these are songs that feel worn and dusty with age. It’s music that sounds well-traveled, that’s been places and seen many things and, as a result, comes across older and more rustic than it really is. Think of a much less punkish Titus Andronicus with much more folk-leaning tendencies and you’re starting to get the picture."
This is definitely a band you should be keeping an eye on.
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