The Strange Tones

The Strange Tones

 Portland, Oregon, USA
BandBluesAmericana

"If surf guitar god Dick Dale found himself in Bogie's Maltese Falcon film-noir underworld, and drank beer at the seedy bar with bluesmen Jimmy Reed and Magic Sam, the resulting soundtrack might be exactly what the Strange Tones purvey." - The Oregonian

Biography

2011, '09, '08, '07, '06 & '05 Muddy Awards for Best Contemporary Blues Act, Best Electric Guitar, and Best Northwest Recording 2008 (Cascade Blues Assoc.) Inducted in the the Muddy Hall of Fame in 2007 for multiple consecutive awards for Best Contemporary Blues Act.

Rather than plundering the shrines of American music and merely imitating their heroes, these sonic crime fighters have concocted their own secret formula, a one of a one-of-a-kind style they call “Crime-A-Billy”. The band draws upon the rich traditions of blues, rockabilly, surf, and R & B, and combines these ingredients with fresh, well-crafted song writing and dynamic performances. "Many people find it hard to show something new within electric blues format and they should ask The Strange Tones for some private lessons as they have found their own niche and truly shine." -The Voice of the Blues, Przemek Draheim, Poland

The magic of this ensemble is fueled by four players who are equally compelled and driven to advance their cause. This fearsome foursome, led by the husband-and-wife team of Guitar Julie and bassist Andy Strange, and fortified by longtime partners guitarist Suburban Slim and drummer Andy Gauthier, form “....one of Portland’s most original and accomplished bands.” - Oregonian. It may be Andy Strange’s lessons learned as bassman for legendary wildman and voodoo practitioner Screamin‘ Jay Hawkins, or Guitar Julie’s steady childhood diet of Jimmy Reed and Ike and Tina Turner. It could be Andy Gauthier‘s deep in the pocket groove from his years as a regional and national touring musician, or Slim’s intensity and creativity that consistently earn him awards. As anyone who sees The Strange Tones perform live knows, it’s much more than these four individuals....this is a BAND.

The Strange Tones' reputation as a dynamic band with relentless energy and exciting live shows are well captured on their three CDs. The new release "We're On Our Way" won the CBA's 2008 Northwest Recording of the Year and has debuted at #12 on Real Blues Magazine's Top 100 Chart. "...there is much to enjoy on this slab of raucous roots rock. If you're looking for fun, look to the Strange Tones." -Blues Revue Magazine. Their previous CD “Crime-A-Billy” was also very well received, reaching the Top 20 Chart in Spain for FM Blues Radio, and their song “Pinto Squire” was featured on National Public Radio’s Car Talk.

Check out the new video of The Strange Tones and their partners The Volcano Vixens:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twjY4zSS9po

Lyrics

Mama Makes More

Written By: The Strange Tones

I can barely boil water
You know that I can’t cook
But baby I got something
Got me a fine bank book
Mama makes more
Mama makes more

You can stay home daddy
And watch your favorite show
Kick your boots off honey
I’m bringin’ home the dough
Mama makes more
Mama makes more

Take a seven day weekend
Leave your job behind
‘Cause I got work right here
That you’re not gonna mind
Mama makes more
Mama makes more

My baby’s got each and everything I lack
Twenties, fifties, and hundreds in great big stacks
She’s got bonds, stocks and properties
And a private island in the Florida Keys

It’s true that times have changed
And truth is I don’t mind
You can come early
No more overtime
Mama makes more
Mama makes more

Hooky

Written By: The Strange Tones

Good mornin’ baby, how do you feel,
Could it be, we’re feelin’ ill
We’d better call, and tell the boss
The doctor said, take the day off
We’ll stay right here, just us two
Playin’ hooky with you

With covers up, and lights down
Don’t want to spread, this fever around
We’d better call, in sick today
Can’t go to work, feelin’ this way
There’s only one, thing to do
Playin’ hooky with you

I’m already starting to feel better
Just pickin’ up the phone
Tell the boss I ain’t comin’ in
Cause I’m sick, I’m stayin’ home

We’ll take it easy, we’ll take our time
Alarm clock off, now we’re feeling fine
We feel too good, to work today
We’ll call in sick, we’ll stay home and play
We’ll stay right here, just us two
Playin’ hooky with you

I’m already starting to feel better
Just pickin’ up the phone
Tell the boss I ain’t comin’ in
Cause I’m sick, I’m stayin’ home

Farmer Trent's Wife

Written By: The Strange Tones

Farmer Trent’s wife
Saw the sight of her life
When she went to the barn that night

The sun was down
There was no one around
When she went to the barn that night

With a bucket of seed
And some chickens to feed
She went to the barn that night

All quiet in the barn
No sign of alarm
When she went to the barn that night

She called her man
Come as fast as you can
When he went to the barn that night

The screen door slammed
Out in the dark he ran
When he went to the barn that night

The rabbits sniffed the air
There was something there
When he went to the barn that night

That was the night
That changed the Trent’s life
When they went to the barn that night

Word spread around
From the rabbits to the hound
When they went to the barn that night

Then he howled at the sky
They all looked up high
When they went to the barn that night

The animals knew
The Trents were telling the truth
When they went to the barn that night

The story’s still told
It was a night to behold
When they went to the barn that night

Discography

"Stink Bomb!"
"Crime-A-Billy"
"We're On Our Way"

COMPILATIONS:
"Stairway to Heapdom"National Public Radio's Car Talk
"Best of the Northwest" Walla Walla Blues Society
"Rock N Roll Mamas" Rock Mama Films
"Blues in Portland" KMHD
"Winthrop R & B Festival, Volume 1" Winthrop Music Assoc.

Set List

The band performs mainly original tunes, such as:
Mama Makes More
Crime-A-Billy
Lock Me Up
Farmer Trent's Wife
The Swangler

Some of the cover songs include:
Who's Been Here - Ronnie Dawson
Easy Baby - Magic Sam
Look What You Done to Me - Little Willie John
Seven Day Fool - Etta James
Wigglin' Fool - Jack Hammer