Boss Tweed

Boss Tweed

BandAmericanaBlues

Brooklyn based trio playing dark blues and twang, fronted by a female bass player with a powerful, haunting voice and featuring a dynamite Gretsch guitar player... "conjuring up a misty past of dim juke joints and neon-lit roadhouses... the effect is mesmerizing." - Vintage Guitar Magazine

Biography

BOSS TWEED'S soaring male/female harmonies intertwine in both twangy rock n' roll numbers and eerie blues tunes, making for a must see, high energy show.

Boss Tweed has taken rockabilly to the big city. The Brooklyn power trio was formed in 2005 with all the requisites: minimalistic drum kit, thumping bass and a hot rod Gretsch hollow body. But this ain't your grandpappy's rockabilly. Boss Tweed adds jazz, blues, lounge and soul to create a new take on the genre that is all their own, reverberating through your heart like the Johnny Burnette Trio fronted by Peggy Lee.

The trio is led by double threat Carolyn Sills on the Fender Jazz bass and lead vocals and features the dynamite Gretsch guitar playing of Gerard Egan, whose classic but innovative style conjures the larger than life sound of yesterday's guitar heroes. Combine these two powerful forces with the old-school New Orleans drumming of Eric Reed and you'll see why Boss Tweed is changing the way people view Americana music.

Boss Tweed toured Europe in March & April of 2008, and again in July and August... They were on tour in Canada in September '08 and will be back on the road in 2009.

Boss Tweed was chosen as a "2008 Blues Artist On the Rise" by The Blues Festival Guide

"To say that Sills' singing is sultry is an immense understatement. Her vocals resonate with a throaty anguish, torch songs sung straight from the heart... Egan's licks are cool and classic, but his groove is soulful and deep rather than in-your-face flash..." (Vintage Guitar Magazine)

The two singles on Boss Tweed's new 7" vinyl are making radio top 10 lists both in the US and internationally, and was just reviewed in the Feb 2008 issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine: "The band's original "Buzz Like Houseflies" is a romp, pure and simple. This is rollicking rockabilly with plenty of reverb and twang. And yet Sills' soulful vocals injects a twist that makes it all new. The flipside is a cover of "Perhaps..." The ballad becomes a seance set to melody, conjuring up a misty past of dim juke joints and neon-lit roadhouses from the end of time. The effect is mesmerizing."

"Slickers out of Brooklyn, Boss Tweed makes thinking person's rockabilly-blues, and its all very smart that they publish old-school on vinyl. But I still say music is more a visceral thing -- songs that make you drive too fast, thinking and feeling things you probably shouldn't, and that's why 'Buzz Like Houseflies' makes my top-ten." Vern Smith, The Motown Hoedown, CJAM 91.5 FM (Windsor, Canada / Detroit, MI)

For all that is Boss Tweed, please visit http://www.bosstweedband.com

Lyrics

Goes Like Nothing

Written By: Carolyn Sills

Ball of fire, setting
laying low, getting
closer to the point in which it
sinks below your eyes
I never saw so much of something
fade like nothing from the sky

I remain grateful
for the times that we can
spend the hours as we may
find there's so much more to say
I always knew that we could
fit a few more hours into the day

California dusk
it goes like nothing
right into the sky

We'll admit, lately
it's been hard to keep each other
always on our mind
seems we never have the time
but tonight we'll leave that
like the setting sun and sky
behind

California dusk
it goes like nothing
right into the sky

it just goes and goes...
into the sky

Buzz Like Houseflies

Written By: Carolyn Sills

Strange men asking where her daddy's at; taller one's a smoker, fatter's in a Stetson hat. She'll let 'em enter cause she knows they'll treat her fine... no one looks for trouble knowing Daddy's home at nine.

Like city children to a broken water main, like a stitch of bourbon on a shirt without a stain, they'll buzz like houseflies to the blue light every time, they all want to be there knowing Daddy's home at nine.

Some day the doctor finds he's beaten by a cough, and even postmen need to take a few days off... long as that yoke keeps rising above the county line, all is well and well we'll be once Daddy's home at nine.

Done Wonders

Written By: Carolyn Sills

If I knew you were drowning I would have jumped in, but the sun can be blinding and I know you can swim. There's been days that I've missed you more than I've wanted someone else... leaving you was painful but it's done wonders for my health.

If I heard you were falling I would have asked where so my camera could capture you embracing the air. There's been moments I've missed out that count on me plus someone else... leaving you was painful but it's done wonders for my health.

I was never good at lying but you can't blame a fool for trying... spending all these wasted hours with myself is doing wonders for my health.

If I heard you were drowing I would have asked where so my body could sink down beneath the weight of your stare. There's been days that I've missed you more than I've wanted someone else... leaving you was painful but it's done wonders for my health.

If I knew you were falling I would have jumped in... one last tumble together before gravity wins. There's been moments I've missed out that count on me plus someone else... leaving you was painful but it's done wonders for my health.

I was never good at lying but you can't blame a fool for trying... spending all these wasted hours with myself is doing wonders for my health. I've been feeling so much better since we split our lives together... spending all these wasted hours with myself... is doing wonders for my health.

Then it Hits You

Written By: Carolyn Sills


then it hits you, you don't know any more than you did last year, or even ten years before that
walking slowly, down weathered halls into avenues that you never knew would grow warmer with the cold

and it's a strange thing when it hits you
you're not getting older, just further along
oh and it's a strange thing when it hits you
you will never be right 'till you let yourself be wrong

then it hits you, spaces inbetween people that you never knew are even closer than before
talking slowly, though crowded halls into faces that you never knew
would grow warmer with the cold

and it's a strange thing when it hits you
you're not getting older, just further along
oh and it's a strange thing when it hits you
you will never be right 'till you let yourself be wrong

it's like buddy always told me, 'take a look at the grains in the sand and the stars in the sky'
there are people you can count on getting older
and there are people you can always count on to get you high

Discography

'Five Little Lies' - 2008 EP
1. Lie To Me
2. Bottles & Cans
3. Prince of the Upper West Side
4. I Never Cared for You
5. Mona Lisa

7 inch vinyl: released on Silent Stereo Records (2007)
A Side: Buzz Like Houseflies
B Side: Perhaps...

Boss Tweed: self-titled, self-released, self-recorded LP CD (2005)
Tracks:
1. GWB
2. 12th Street
3. Pretty Violent
4. Done Wonders
5. Real Good Sell
6. Then it Hits You
7. Cleanin' Upsa Ditty
8. After Awhile
9. Hellbent
10. Self Made Man
11. Pontchartrain
12. Goes Like Nothing

Set List

Typical Set:

Originals:
1. Elephant's Graveyard
2. Bottles and Can
3. Aces & Eights
4. I Meant to Tell You
5. Buzz Like Houseflies
6. Done Wonders
7. Sweetest Intentions
8. Real Good Sell
9. Then it Hits You
10. Woke to Scratches
11. Prince of the Upper West Side
12. The Girl Who Stays Inside
13. After Awhile
14. Pretty Violent
15. Hellbent
16. You Know You Got It
17. Make Mine a Double
18. Leaving Is Easier Than I Thought

Cover Tunes
1. Sen-sa-shun (Freddy King)
2. I Never Cared for You (W. Nelson)
3. Rockin' Gypsy (Joe Maphis)
4. Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Davis, Farres)
5. Diamondhead (The Ventures)
6. I Put a Spell on You (Screamin Jay Hawkins)
7. Lie To Me (Tom Waits)
8. Hideaway (Freddy King)
9. Shake a Hand (Lou Ann Barton)
10. Tore Up (The Paladins)
... plus many more

Boss Tweed can play anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours of music. They are skilled at creating sets that balance up-beat, danceable tunes with more sultry blues.