Black Bone Child

Black Bone Child

 Austin, Texas, USA

Black Bone Child gives 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.


Black Bone Child started in 2008 as a musical collaboration between Donny James and Kenneth M. Patterson. Through a shared love of delta style blues and modern rock, the two wrote their self-titled debut over email, eventually tracking the full band sound as a duo at James’ own White Door Studios located just outside of Austin Texas. Chase Hoffberger of the Austin Chronicle described the debut as

“…grip-it-and-rip-it rock & roll, full-throttled and hollow-body-distorted, power riffs ripping the straight and narrow.” (Austin Chronicle)

With the addition of Jason King on rhythm guitar and Steve Hudson on drums, the live lineup was complete. The foursome toured extensively in support of the first release all over the contiguous United States.

2010 brought the double release of BBC’s second studio album Alligator with the companion acoustic EP Take You Blind, to rave reviews.

“Alligator follows right on the heels of the debut, building on the strengths of their performance and upping the ante big time for what’s to follow. This is a full-on, dropped-into-the-swamp, rock and roll event.” (The Ripple Effect Music Blog)

“This disc (Take You Blind) has got groove, soul, an earthy richness to it, catchy lyrics and melody lines, and the music is flat out heavy.” (The Ripple Effect Music Blog)

Alligator was the summation of 2009’s work of new songs the band had performed relentlessly throughout the year. This time being tracked together as a live band, Alligator was a group effort of the live band. Following the release the band delivered their now signature, high energy, shows throughout the country. Eventually the bands reputation earned some national recognition with television placements in Showtime’s Californication, USA Network’s Necessary Roughness, and a spot on the Candian CBS Network show The Listener.

In 2011 the James/Patterson duo hooked up with Grammy nominated, Austin producer Frenchie Smith (JET, ... Trail of the Dead, The Answer, Dandy Warhols, Meat Puppets, etc…) to start tracking their third studio album. The third album is finding the duo coming into their own, drawing from all aspects of their sound. Scheduled for a 2012 release the band has a lot to look forward to. “We’re really excited about what’s to come in the next year. We can feel this momentum behind everything that we’re doing.” Says James. And with good reason, in March the band has been selected to be an official showcasing artist at the world-renowned SXSW music festival, and the band is in the process of planning a summer European tour. James continues, “I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be really good for us. We can’t wait to see what’s around the corner.”


Black Bone Child: self-titled release 7/22/2008
Black Bone Child: Alligator 3/9/2010
Black Bone Child: Take You Blind 3/9/10

Set List

Black Bone Child currently has multiple set lists which can be tailored to any event. Max play time is 90 minutes. BBC does not do any cover material.