Bing Futch

Bing Futch

 Orlando, Florida, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter Bing Futch has made a name for himself by taking the Appalachian mountain dulcimer to electrifying extremes. African and Native American rhythms, blues, bluegrass, funk, jazz, Celtic, country/western, middle eastern and latin influences mix with rock and pop grooves.

Biography

With roots in both African and Seminole Indian tribes, Bing Futch's window on America is a unique landscape of music, words and imagery. He began playing Appalachian mountain dulcimer at Knott's Berry Farm theme park in 1986, working at a Ghost Town shop for Bud & Donna Ford.

That same year, Futch founded techno-punk band Crazed Bunnyz with synth-bassist Marc "Gadget" Plainguet and vocalist Sean "Shaka" Harrison. The trio grew popular in the international underground CCM college radio scene and have remained a fan favorite long after disbanding in 1988. Since then, Futch has enjoyed a diverse and prolific career spanning music, theater and video.

After working closely with producers of the hit NBC series "Quantum Leap" while shooting a documentary in 1992, Futch left his California hometown of Los Angeles in 1993 to pursue production opportunities in central Florida where he set up a multimedia company called J.O.B. Entertainment Inc. Some of his early projects include the eight-part travelogue "Disney Overload", the 1994 reality series "Toastin'", serving as musical director and composing an original score for the Stage Left Theater production of "The Jungle Book: A Musical Adaptation" and writing/performing portions of the soundtrack for The Castle of Miracles at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida.

In 1999, Mohave was born. The award-winning Americana band has performed in a variety of venues including multiple shows at The House Of Blues at Walt Disney World, Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal Resort, The Bamboo Room, Freebird Live, The Orlando Fringe Festival, The Central Florida Fair and they've also opened for national acts Molly Hatchet, Subject To Change, St. Somewhere and The Crests.

Bing Futch appeared on the national folk music scene in 2006 and has become a popular touring solo performer, headlining at the Florida Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, The Big Muddy Folk Festival, Common Ground On The Hill, Kentucky Music Weekend and other venues across the country. Futch's shows are always engaging affairs as he connects right away with an audience and then takes them on a musical theme park ride through a variety of sounds, styles and showpieces.

Sometimes purely acoustic and other times surrounded with an astonishing array of technology, Futch takes listeners on an unforgettable ride through both traditional and modern music. Voice, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute and ukulele form the foundation for these oft-times marathon concerts with supporting percussion brought in for special performances. It's a wild, funny, moving journey in music that comes from the heart.

In just the past several years that Futch has appeared on the folk scene here in the states, he's opened for Grammy-award nominated artists Sam & Ruby, bluesman Scott Ainslie, singer/songwriter Larry Mangum, shared the stage with Zydeco king Chubby Carrier, Tom Constanten (The Grateful Dead), national fingerstyle guitar champion Michael Chapdelaine and Grammy-award nominated act The Dixie-Beeliners among others. He's also produced numerous recordings and has published several songbooks. Alongside his performing career, Futch has become a popular instructor of the mountain dulcimer and Native American flute. His video podcast, Dulcimerica, has been viewed by over a million people worldwide and is currently in its seventh season.

He and his wife Jae live in Orlando, so close to Walt Disney World that you can see the fireworks from their interstate exit.

Lyrics

Positive Vibes

Written By: Bing Futch

Took a trip down to the ocean
with my dreadlocks blowin' in the breeze
got the window wide open
child, look at them beautiful seas

there's a red light on the dashboard
something tells me this can't be good
pullin' off of A1A in a flash, Jack
smoke's comin' out from under the hood

I've got a feeling it'll all turn out just fine

you know the sky sure is blue today
I wonder if it'll take the tow truck long
not that I'm in any hurry, you see
I've got time to write this song

I've got a feeling it'll all turn out just fine

I'm blessed to receive positive vibes all over
it's what I believe, that you get back what you give
I'm blessed to receive positive vibes all over
and that's a relief because it's so hard, so hard to live

I'm in the cab heading back to O-town
watching plants and trees go scrolling by
my ride bouncing along behind us
still there's not a cloud in this sky

you know life's funny, it's full of setbacks
there's nothing you can do against that kind of force
you gotta bend with the wind, be like the reed, yeah
and take your comfort from a purer source

Copyright © 2003 J.O.B. Entertainment Inc.

Nowhere, Nevada

Written By: Bing Futch

Nowhere, Nevada
© 1999 J.O.B. Entertainment Inc.

Well you can't get there from here, but you can try
you'll see it just as you're about to pass it by
when the writing on the wall is invisible to the eye

don't blink - it'll vanish into thin air
don't think - it's a mental game of solitaire
just drink - cause that'll get you Nowhere
Nowhere, Nevada

now everybody drinks in that ol' town
some drink from the break of day till the sun goes down
there ain't a hell of a lot to do there, except buy another round

The El Rey Drive-In straight out of Nowhere, saved my soul
I'd rather lose my mind than lose control
Lord, 18 was the age at which I fled
but I'm still goin' Nowhere in my head

a-yi!
here's to the two of thee
a-yi!
here's to the three of thee
a-yi!
here's to the four of thee
a-yi!
here's to the all of thee

well they say you can't go home again, that's true
especially when no-one remembers you
until you're on the barstool, now that's a familiar view

Simon Brothers Mercantile

Written By: Bing Futch

Simon Brothers Mercantile
© 2001 J.O.B. Entertainment Inc.

A lot of songs get written while waiting for ATM machines to deal justly with us.

Way down in Kimble County on U.S. 2-9-0
Clay Simon's got a mercantile, he'll greet you at the door
'bout everything and anything is there under one roof
we stopped in and got some pictures in case you needed proof

well Roosevelt is hot as hell but them Texas townsfolk sure are swell
they serve up country charm with a smile
there's ice cold beers and souvenirs and camouflage for hunting deers
feel free to sit a spell and stay a while
at ye old Simon Brothers Mercantile

in 1898 it was a post office, no more
they started sellin' groceries in 1924
now look, there is a feed store and a hardware store today
you can even get a fresh-cooked meal at the Back Door Cafe

well Roosevelt is hot as hell but them Texas townsfolk sure are swell
they serve up country charm with a smile
there's ice cold beers and souvenirs and camouflage for hunting deers
feel free to sit a spell and stay a while
at ye old Simon Brothers Mercantile

on aisle one there's dogfood, coffee, dungarees and pans
on aisle two there's crab boil, corned beef, Chili Quick in cans
on aisle three there's soap and candles, saws and Ginsu Knives
on aisle four there's tackle, buck urine and bullseyes

you'll find motor oil and shower heads on aisle five for sale
and here's a fact, way in the back, they're even raisin' quail

when you're ridin' 10 through Texas and you need to stop for gas
this here is an establishment that you should never pass
without stepping out your vehicle and checking out this store
down in Roosevelt, the zipcode 76874

well Roosevelt is hot as hell but them Texas townsfolk sure are swell
they serve up country charm with a smile
there's ice cold beers and souvenirs and camouflage for hunting deers
feel free to sit a spell and stay a while
at ye old Simon Brothers Mercantile

Time Bomb

Written By: Bing Futch

Time Bomb

Copyright © 2007 J.O.B. Entertainment Inc.

Stop, time out again
backtrack, circling the wagons
St. George, Don Quixote
dealing with their dragons

I never watch the news
it just gives me the blues
we work hard to survive

"food on your family"
"can we see some ID?"
we work hard to survive

CHORUS

If I had a death wish, would you say
"run for cover, get away?"
if there was a time bomb in your mind,
would you still find it hard to say goodbye?

to the world you know and love
send a picture postcard
wish you were here
in this lovely graveyard

another second goes by
and it's "thar she blows"
we're workin' hard to stay alive

you got your insurgents
by way of government
they're working harder to die

CHORUS

If I had a death wish, would you say
"run for cover, get away?"
if there was a time bomb in your mind,
would you still find it hard to say goodbye?

when hope is dead and gone
forget it, no-one's home
lack of intel inside

time to shake the disease
take hold the handrails please
this is an E-ticket ride

CHORUS

If I had a death wish, would you say
"run for cover, get away?"
if there was a time bomb in your mind,
would you still find it hard to say goodbye?

Crazy Feels Like

Written By: Bing Futch

Crazy Feels Like

Copyright © 2006 J.O.B. Entertainment Inc.

I've having issues
a year's subscription's worth
I'm causing drama
in a way unbecoming to a gentle soul

losing function
in the gray matter battlefield of my brain
here it comes again
at the start of the circle, everything's the same

CHORUS

this is what going crazy feels like

I'm hearing voices
they're ringing in my head
I'm seeing writing
on the ceiling at night while I'm trying to sleep

I'm feeling cold hands
running over my skin, underneath the sheets
here it comes again
at the end of the circle, everything repeats

CHORUS

this is what going crazy feels like
I think I like it

I'm seeing angels
they're watching over me
they're tricky devils
and they think I'm stupid, that I do not see

that I am afflicted
with a deep desire to kill the pain
I am addicted
to the madness

CHORUS

this is what going crazy feels like
(you showed me the way)
this is what going crazy feels like
(it feels okay)
I THINK I LIKE IT!

at the end of the circle everything repeats
at the end of the circle everything repeats
at the end of the circle everything repeats
at the end of the circle everything repeats

Discography

Dive! (2013)
Live At Old Songs! (2012)
Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101 (2012)
Storm's Sigh (2011)
Dulcimerica: Volume 2 (2010)
Mountain Dulcimer In The Band: Book 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (2009-10)
Christmas Each Day (2008)
Kokopelli Rising (2008)
In The Garden Of The Gods (2008) w/ Manitou
Dulcimer Rock (2007)
Dulcimerica: Volume 1 (2006)
Clear Blue Trickling (2005) w/ Mohave
Voyage (2004)
70mm (1994)
Fantasy Amidst The Storm (1989)
Blutgasse (1988) w/ Crazed Bunnyz
21 (1987)
Achtung: Musik Klirrfaktor (1986) w/ Crazed Bunnyz

Check out the latest downloads at http://www.BingFutch.com

Set List

Bing has an extensive set list of traditional, original and cover tunes and can easily accommodate an entire evening of music.

For dulcimer festivals, folk festivals and house concerts, he'll play a combination of Old Time and traditional music with original selections.

For other festivals, he cranks things up a notch with a selection of rock and blues-fired originals and covers.

Sets are usually 45-60 minutes in length and are either totally original songs, or a blend of originals and eclectic covers. By "covers", that means everything from traditional songs in the public domain to tunes by the likes of Willie Nelson, Harry Belafonte, Peter Gabriel, K.T. Oslin, Garth Brooks, Pink Floyd, Rob Thomas and Prince (if you've never heard a country and western version of "Purple Rain", you've gotta hear it to believe it!)