Terry "Phatkat" Clark

Terry "Phatkat" Clark

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Rockin' blues originals and unique twists to obscure classics

Biography

Terry Clark got his first guitar in 1965 and immediately knew he'd be playing it for a long time. Early on, his singing style was heavily influenced by the subtle nuances of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and George Reeves. During the late '60s and early seventies rock 'n roll music dominated his own style, sometimes pushing him over the top while trying to mimic Joe Cocker, Jim Morrison and Eric Burdon. While attending a college concert choir course, he learned about individual range and spent the next two decades developing a pure bass sound normally associated with male black singers.

Although he'd listened to his father play folk tunes on a harmonica from an early age, Clark picked up his first harmonica in 1973, mixing solo acoustic/vocals ala Bob Dylan at local bars in Keene, New Hampshire and Keene State College until the early 1980's.

A fifteen year introspective ended in 1999 when bassist Marcus Beauregard invited him to a jam session.

In April 1999, Clark, Beauregard and Bill Thulke played an open mic at Kilkenny's Pub in Keene, NH as the "Baby Boomer's Blues Band". They received a good reception, so they added a few more players to form a rock & blues band. Since the rhythm guitar player and drummer were in their early twenties, the name "Baby Boomers" had to go, and after a short stint as "The Black Fly Blues Band", "Phat Kat" was born.

The members included Clark, Beauregard, guitarists Bill Thulke and Nick Campbell, and several drummers including Mark Shemmet, Gregg Nash, Charlie Brown, Joe Campbell, Mark Jenning, Andy Mazzeroff and Dennis Lowe. They played private parties, the Millennium Club, Kilkenny's Pub, and opened The Rynborn Restaurant and Blues Club when the owners relocated the club to Keene from Antrim, New Hampshire.

"Tasty Bits" was recorded in April of 2002 and included "Worker's Beer", "You Do Me", "16 Tons", and "I Can't Have You". The Phat Kat Band, split up in the fall of 2003.

Clark has since teamed up with guitarists Kevin LaBrie and Jerry Livesly, bassist Marty Hale, saxaphonist Drew Kurimay and drummer Frank Kenny in what studio owner Reg Stetson calls "potentially the best band in the region". The band is compiling original tunes for a CD to be entitled "Boommer Angst".

The rock/blues genre includes several original tunes by Clark and Livesly , as well as obscure covers by early blues masters, to portray the angst of middle-aged American men.

Lyrics

Worker's Beer

Written By: Terry "Phatcat" Clark

WELL, I AM THE MAN
WHO WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER
YES I AM THE MAN LORDY MAMMA
WHO WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER
WHAT SHOULD I CARE IF IT MAKES HIM ILL
OR IF IT MAKES HIM SO TERRIBLY QUEER

Verse 2

I OWN A CAR, A BOAT AND AN AEROPLANE
I GO TO EUROPE MOST EVERY YEAR
YES I OWN A CAR, A BOAT AND AN AEROPLANE
I GO TO EUROPE MOST EVERY YEAR
I JUST REACHES MY HAND FOR THE WATER TAP
AND I WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER

Verse 3

HEY THERE LADIES
WHETHER YOU BE MAID OR YOU BE WIFE
I SAID HEY THERE LADIES
WHETHER YOU BE MAID OR YOU BE WIFE
YOU BETTER KEEP A FIRM GRIP ON YOUR BIG STRONG MAN
KEEP HIM FROM THE AMBITIOUS LIFE

BECAUSE THE PRICE OF SUGAR IS SHOCKINGLY HIGH
AND MALT IS SHOCKINGLY DEAR
THERE AIN’T THE PROFIT THERE USED TO BE IN WAT’RIN THE WORKER’S BEER

I SAY I AM THE MAN…WHO WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER
YES I AM THE MAN…WHO WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER
WHAT SHOULD I CARE IF IT MAKES HIM ILL
OR IF IT MAKES HIM SO TERR-I-BLY QUE-E-R

Verse 4
A DROP OF GOOD BEER IS GOOD FOR A MAN
WHEN HE’S THIRSTY TIRED AND HOT
I SAY A DROP OF GOOD BEER IS GOOD FOR A MAN
WHEN HE’S THIRSTY TIRED AND HOT
SOMETIMES I HAVE A DROP FOR MYSELF
BUT, MIND YOU FROM A VERY SPECIAL LOT.

FOR A FAT AND HEALTHY WORKING CLASS
IS ONE THING I MOST FEAR
THAT'S WHY I REACHES MY HAND FOR THE WATER TAP BABY
AND I WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER

YES, I AM THE MAN
WHO WATERS THE WORKER’S BEER
WHAT SHOULD I CARE IF IT MAKES HIM ILL
OR IF IT MAKES HIM SO TERR-I-BLY QUE-E-R

Discography

See and hear the band at http://www.tmclark.com/PhatCat/index.html

Set List

View our sets at:
http://www.tmclark.com/PhatCat/setoneb.html
http://www.tmclark.com/PhatCat/settwob.html
http://www.tmclark.com/PhatCat/setthreeb.html