In a fire-lit parlor on a cold December night, the silence of snow blanketed the city of Boston. As most settled in for the night, the strings of an upright piano waited patiently for the tap of felt and hammer. A guitar sat strung alone in the corner while a mandolin lay lazily atop the mantel. The room was still.
With a burst of cold air and the howl of wind, eight feet stomped the frigid rug while eight arms peeled off layers of warmth covered in white. Brown bags filled with spirits clanged glass on glass. The room awoke. Smiles braved dry lips and cracked with thirst. Whiskey poured like water as the four bodies warmed around the crackle of pine in the red brick fireplace.
That night burned hot and bright like kerosene. It shined the very essence of companionship and what it truly meant to be alive. Day broke and the sun rose as it always had. The city woke, brushed itself off, unaware of the true beauty that night held. Yet the world seemed different, and in fact, it was. Cask Mouse was born.
With love and respect for the art of songwriting enjoyed by generations, Cask Mouse sifts the sand of time to bring alive new stories of American life with the love and craftsmanship that made this country what it is today.
Like the sense of history that crackles through the needle on a dusty turntable, Cask Mouse is inspired to keep the traditions of those before them while innovating to push the creative threshold–exemplifying what it means to live in the NOW.
Its members draw from all aspects of their diverse musical and geographical experiences to truly express emotion and tell untold truths. With a sweeping love for all music they find themselves meandering the genres of country, folk, rock n’roll, rhythm and blues, gospel and soul.
Mitch Belch - Vocals, Guitar, Pedal Steel
Kevin Boldwin - Vocals, Guitar, Lap Steel
Bonnie Marie Parks - Vocals, Piano, organ
Ed Llerena - Vocals, Drums, Percussion
Jonny Howes - Upright Bass
Joe Wyatt - Fiddle
A sneak peak of our record 'If I Were A Bull':
Mist of the pines
EP: 'The Cambridge Sessions' - Curve Of The Earth Records, Cambridge, MA
Brick on Brick
Time to Breathe
'Cask Mouse: Live at Tupelo Music Hall'
Rock 'n Rumble Semi-Finals Night #1 Live Impressions by Julie Stoller
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Cask Mouse quickly captivated the room with their sweet down-home folky-Americana that speaks of a s...Cask Mouse quickly captivated the room with their sweet down-home folky-Americana that speaks of a simpler time. Their joy of performance and love and appreciation of their audience (largest of the evening) and deep respect for each other was as endearing as their music. They shared lead vocal duties, each with their own unique personality, like Bonnie Parks’ gentle country chanteuse on one tune, and earlier on in the set, playful and coy with a fun kazoo solo. Highlights included the times when they stretched into expansive, heartwarming 3-part harmonies, delightfully meandering pedal steel and the audio-visual enjoyment of ‘big man’ Joe, arms covered in tattoos, alternately sawing away at and coaxing beautifully delicate melodies from his fiddle.
Rumble Rundown '12
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Next up was Allston folk-collective Cask Mouse, who made especially great use of each band member t... Next up was Allston folk-collective Cask Mouse, who made especially great use of each band member to make their quintet sound twice as large with their simultaneous harmonizing and playing. Mouse’s position in the lineup proved beneficial, as following the out-and-out rock of the first two acts allowed the audience to be a little more receptive to the group’s downtempo vibe. Frontman Mitch Belch drew in the crowd from the first verse, and that my friends, is what a frontman should do."
Cask Mouse Roar Into The Semi's
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There was so much to like about watching Cask Mouse stomp-their way through a textured, fireside set...There was so much to like about watching Cask Mouse stomp-their way through a textured, fireside set of warm, folksy numbers: the timeless cool of a stand up bass, Heavy Set Joe holding it down on the fiddle, and front man Boldwin’s physical Ray-Liotta-meets-Evan-Dando thing he’s got going on
Cambridge Sessions Review
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"Cask Mouse profess their wanderlust on “Astronaut,” the opening track of 2011's Cambridge Sessions...."Cask Mouse profess their wanderlust on “Astronaut,” the opening track of 2011's Cambridge Sessions. It’s a feeling that will pop up again and again throughout the EP. This is a stomp-and-clap-along number filled with hope. It sucks me in. The drawl. The hook. The positivity. Cask Mouse are masters of emotional manipulation."
Jesus H. Possum
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"Jesus H Possum, Tuesday night crowd @ObriensPub02134 going batshit for Cask Mouse. Chants and screa..."Jesus H Possum, Tuesday night crowd @ObriensPub02134 going batshit for Cask Mouse. Chants and screams and shit.
Mist of the Pines
Brick on Brick
Time To Breathe
Gold Doesn't Measure
Give Me a Dollar
Sometimes I Roll
Good Mornin' Sweetheart
You Can Have It All
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