Sweet Crude Bill
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Sweet Crude Bill

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"Ever wonder what the Cramps might've sounded like had they hailed from Bakersfield in the '60s? How about '68 Comeback–era Elvis greased up and groaning over a JB's wah-wah guitar funk groove — ever pondered that one? Local kitchen-sink mixologists Sweet Crude Bill and the Lighthouse Nautical Society might sling a few hints about these musical what-ifs in your direction, along with tossing in the odd sea shanty, drinking song, or paean to Satan for good measure. Whether turning out a convincing Merle Haggard homage on originals such as "Rock Bottom" or administering the distinctively nefarious Sweet Crude treatment to Bob Dylan and Flaming Lips covers, "these seafaring folk throw one hell of a clambake." Todd Lavoie, San Francisco Bay Guardian
- San Francisco Bay Guardian

"That was about as powerful an anti George Bush and Iraq War rant as I've ever heard. Just great stuff - I really dig it."

Scott Tinetti
Insomnia Radio San Francisco - Insomnia Radio San Francisco

In San Francisco you will find diversity and burritos and medicinal marijuana and the world of the hi-tech. You will also find a shipwrecked culture that is Sweet Crude Bill & The Lighthouse Nautical Society. Bill’s journey is the American journey filtered through wildcatting, rum and whiskey, steel guitars, forgotten dirt roads, merciful angels, and all that is iconic about rock and roll. Bill even has his own musical genre — “Americano”.

Described as “a post-ironic cruise ship in a tropical ocean”, “an amazing twist of fate”, or “a wonderland that oozes black muck while they fuck shit up with panache”, Sweet Crude Bill & The Lighthouse Nautical Society are the cure for the modern era. With fantastically-themed songs that are truly inspired, SCB & TLNS could be the Saturday Night Headliners in any city or on any Treasure Island. With similarities varying from Johnny Cash to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion to traditional sea shanties to Jimmy Rodgers, this is music of merit.

In his mirrored-sunglasses and cowboy shirt, Bill leads the five members of The Lighthouse Nautical Society through country or rock and roll to calypso or folk. And it is now, all so very now. The Lighthouse Nautical Society is comprised of Ten Finger Joe on electric guitar, The Precious on electric guitar & vocals, Hal Burton on drums, Anne Can Anne on electric bass & vocals, and Paintbrush Willie on acoustic guitar. With maxims like “Love! Honor! Cocktails!”, “Abandon shame!”, and “Rock the boat!”, it is clear that SCB & TLNS want you to enjoy yourself while being rescued from the dark currents of today’s and/or tomorrow’s world. And that is where it is at, luckily, uttering riverside prayers at the end of The Oil Age.

Listen to this exclusive audio interview with Sweet Crude Bill.
http://www.monkeyclaus.org/?p=98 - monkeyclaus.org


"Rio De Oro Negro"
October 2008

"vs. The Press Gang"
Self released EP

Played on KALX 90.7 (Berkeley), KXLU 88.9 (Los Angeles), Insomnia Radio (SF), WNHU 88.7 (CT), West Add Radio 93.7 (SF)

Featured on Neil Young's Living with War Page



"Ever wonder what the Cramps might've sounded like had they hailed from Bakersfield in the '60s? How about '68 Comeback–era Elvis greased up and groaning over a JB's wah-wah guitar funk groove — ever pondered that one? …These seafaring folk throw one hell of a clambake." -San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Reminding us that hoe-downs, horas, and hootenannies are the way to go if you're looking for a serious party, rowdy San Francisco five-piece Sweet Crude Bill & the Lighthouse Nautical Society kick off an evening of finger-picking with bar-fight bravado. Following in the grand avant-folk traditions of Man Man and Gogol Bordello, the bellowing Sweet Crude Bill and his minions channel Walt Whitman through the mouths of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, swapping stories with the audience and instruments — including violin, banjo, and lap steel...
- Flavorpill LA

"Five practitioners of gonzo Americana who draw equally from Johnny Cash, Jerry Garcia, the Beat Farmers, Phish ... fill in your favorite rootsy band, and Sweet Crude undoubtedly will be happy to defile it." -SF Chronicle

Sweet Crude Bill: A Tall Tale for the 21st Century!

The members of the Society began playing music together in the warehouse counterculture of San Francisco just after the turn of the century. Their overdriven party sessions mashed up country - folk - classic rock - indie - rockabilly - grunge - metal - and topped it with unhinged microphone ballyhoo.

The legend of Sweet Crude Bill came to life during a summer stayover at a Virginia farm and art commune, originally as a series of rum-soaked porch songs about oil, honor, and nautical adventure.

Harnessing the wild energy of warehouse rock and the tall tales of Sweet Crude, the band crashed their ship on the rocky cliffs of the Bay Area music scene in 2006, winning over devoted followers one heart at a time.

Their live shows incite fervor and ecstasy in their audience, like a drunken big tent revival in the venerated tradition of raucous American folk gatherings. Bill works the spirit with a commanding reverence as the band holds the audience steady with an thumping, melodious rock-and-roll heartbeat.

The sound of Sweet Crude is part American folklore, part San-Fran-Psycho, and just enough wild-west rockabilly to keep you dancing for one drink more.