Katey Bellville & The Creekbones
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Katey Bellville & The Creekbones

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"Two Worlds Collide"

Please don’t bill Katey Bellville and the Creekbones as bluegrass, because they are so much more than that. Trying to pigeonhole this band into one specific genre is like herding cats; the more you try and force them in a certain direction, the more they elude, evade, and ultimately entertain as they slip past you. No one knows what they are exactly, including the band, but whatever amalgam they arrive at fuses multiple musical stylings into a melodic mutt...but it’s a mutt made by mixing proven pedigrees.

Katey Bellville and the Creekbones incorporate drums to give traditional bluegrass a backbone and tempo against which to lean. Orthodox bluegrass purists may shriek at the thought, but the new sounds have crowds swooning.

The common ground Katey Bellville and the Creekbones found in each other was the desire to break away from the conformity that was condemning bluegrass to a state of anonymity. Although they fully appreciate the basic tenets of bluegrass, this band likes to challenge genre boundaries.

Readiness to experiment allows this group to accidentally discover amazing sounds in their jam sessions. All members of the band are well versed in bluegrass, but each individual’s influences are reflected in their style of play. The bassist admires Chuck D from Public Enemy and digs Trent Reznor, the drummer is a die-hard Dead Head, and Katey Bellville has been known to entrance audiences with her ability to flow over impromptu beat-boxing. This band blends an array of musical influences to arrive at a sound that is bluegrass at heart, but with an alternative feel.

Katey Bellville and the Creekbones rock, rap, and roll, and they do it with a rustic feel. They take the bassline for a walk. They have a harmonica player (Rhona) whose solos will send chills up your spine. They trot out a banjo (Andrew Kilgore) to add a little twang to their tunes. They have a slide guitarist (Scott Liebers) so smooth you would refuse to believe that he is from North of the Mason-Dixon. They use drums (Kevin Schunk) to tie everything together and drive the rhythm with force, a characteristic that differentiates the band from their bluegrass brethren. They even have a guy (Bradley Smith) who plays the hambone, an instrument that consist of slapping one’s body and gyrating to create a rhythm, a showcase that alone makes it worth the trip out. And they have a vocalist (Katey Bellville) who can scat, sing, yodel, and rap with the best of them. The girl can straight belt, and when she unloads her mammoth voice, you’ll surely be shook.

Katey Bellville and the Creekbones share roots in classic bluegrass, but each band member has pulled the group away from this common hub, allowing the band to make adventurous forays into rap, rock, and even the jam band scene. In essence, the only accurate description of this band is “fun.”

The young band is coming out of the studio with some freshly cut tracks, ready to unveil them to the public. The best of the new batch is “Dark Woods”, a spiraling, trippy rhythm that rolls over and over upon itself as Katey unleashes the most mood altering vocals since you last listened to Jefferson Airplane.

This group, originally conceived as six strangers and a Public Enemy song, plays a range of songs from toe-tapping beats to chill rhythms. The set list will probably include a handful of covers, possibly including the likes of Mofro and Jack Johnson.

Check out Katey Bellville and the Creekbones Saturday, August 12th at the Kitty Cat Klub. The show starts at 9:00 p.m.

To check out the newly released “Dark Woods,” visit the groups MySpace page at http://myspace.com/kateybellvilleandthecreekbones.
- by J. Neil Connelly


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As a group that was originally concieved as six strangers and a Public Enemy song, we play a variety of tunes from toe-tapping beats to chill rhythms. In addition to our originals, material includes: Patty Griffin, Jack Johnson, The Reeltime Travelers, The Mammals, Mofro, Tegan and Sara, The Animals, The John Butler Trio, G Love and more.

What The Creekbones and Katey Bellville found in each other was the desire to break away from the conformity often found in bluegrass music. Although we fully appreciate the basic tenets of bluegrass, we love challenging genre boundries. Our song selection alone proves our readiness to experiment and discover new sounds.