Saturday, June 02, 2018

Guitar Boy: An Interview with Bloodshot Bill & Shows # 724 & 723

Bloodshot Bill emerged out of Montreal around 1998. Starting out as a drummer, Bloodshot Bill began performing with just a guitar and stomp board. Bloodshot Bill often tours and performs as a one man band featuring, guitar, a bass drum, hi-hat and reverb soaked vocals. Live as a one-man band he provides the audience with his own brand of rockabilly music that is unlike any other, while at the same time drawing on the past. He once said that his influences range from early country and rock and roll records to what he refers to as his “holy trinity” of influences "Hasil Adkins, Charlie Feathers, and Link Wray.”

On 2017’s Guitar Boy, there are songs such as “The Wobble” a thrashy instrumental song with grumbling bass, surging drumbeats and surf undercurrents, “Love Me Twice”, is a rockabilly rumble, a greasy combination of rock and roll energy that shouts for more. “Be My Own” is a darker ballad with country flavours, “Hypnotize” is an up-tempo fuzzy guitar number with Bloodshot Bill yelps and wails, “Pretty Little Girl From Mars” drifts into rockabilly and surf paranoia, while “Last Call” gallops with reverb and countrified guitar licks. These are just some of the things you’ll find on the Norton Records released album Guitar Boy. It is the fourth full-length album released via Norton Records, although there has been other singles, EPs and things recorded in collaboration with other artists. 

Since starting out, Bloodshot Bill has released numerous records on different labels, recorded and collaborated with artists such as King Khan (as The Tandoori Knights and The Bollywood Argyles), Mark Sultan (The Ding Dongs), Deke Dickerson, Shannon Shaw, Jon Spencer, The’s and many others. He has also performed all over the US, Canada and parts of Europe. In addition to all this, Bloodshot Bill also performs with a full band sometimes, usually when in the Montreal area. He has released several recordings with a backing band known as The Hubcaps, but has a new full-length album coming out with a band that he has been playing with lately called The Hick-Ups. There will also an EP coming out that Bloodshot Bill did with legendary rockabilly/roots rock musician Deke Dickerson.

Although he has had many releases out (over 40), there is a bit of mystery to Bloodshot Bill. His songs deal mainly with relationships, but have also branched out to include things such as B-horror movie subjects like monsters, aliens and the like. His sound was once described by director John Waters as “Like Roy Orbison with a head wound”, but whatever you call the music created by Bloodshot Bill, it leaves the listener with a sense of wonder, nostalgia and that primitive rock and roll feeling.

Check out my interview with Bloodshot Bill here:

Show 724 Play List (Originally Aired On June 2nd, 2018)(An Interview with Bloodshot Bill):

1. The Forgotten Rebels - Hello, Hello (I'm Back Again)
2. Iggy Pop - New Values
3. Acid Tongue - Something In The Water
4. Paul The Tailor - Baked Potato
5. Masked Boy - Gritt Used Acid !! (Demo)
6. Black Sabbath - N.I.B (Alternate Version)
7. The Ding Dongs - Weekend
8. Tandoori Knights - Big Belly Giants
9. Bloodshot Bill - I'm Telling You


10. Bloodshot Bill - Love me Twice
11. Deja Voodoo - Skeleton At My party
12. Sonny Burgess - Red Headed Woman
13. Warren Smith - Rock And Roll Ruby
13. Otis Redding - Shake
14. Them - Bring'em On In
15. Parquet Courts - Tenderness
16. Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro
17. The Stranglers - Something Better Change
18. Gang of Four - Glass
19. Roxy Music - She Sells
20. The Lounge Lizards - Incident On South Street
21. Chain & The Gang - Don't Scare The Ghosts Away
22. Carbonas - Phone Booth
23. The Mods - Step Out Tonight
24. Priors - Got in Me
25. Daniel - Hopital
26. Danny & The Darleans - May-Ree Mack

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for June 2.

Show 723 Play List (Originally Aired On May 26th, 2018)(Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison 50th Anniversary):

1. Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes (Live At Folsom Prison)
2. The Statler Brothers - This Ole House (Live At Folsom Prison)
3. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (Live At Folsom Prison)
4. Johnny Cash - Cocaine Blues (Live At Folsom Prison)
5. Buddy Selfish - Rip It Up
6. Frankie & Jimmy - Minglewood Blues
7. Mark Malibu & The Wasagas - Hey Chiwawa
8. The Barracudas - Barracuda Waver
9. Vamos - Outsiders
10. The Shiverettes - Obsessed
11. Young Rival - Got What You Need
12. A Place To Bury Strangers - There's Only One of Us
13. Papermaps - Iron Stove
14. Tough Age - Snakes & Ladders
15. Paul Jacobs - How Did You Find Out?
16. South River Slim - 40 Day Crawl
17. Chris Altman - Deadly Night Shade
18. Bloodshot Bill - Don't Bug Me Baby
19. Danny Kroha - You Got To Move
20. Nap Eyes - It's Only Life (Feelies Cover)(Laginappe Session)
21. Kevin Morby - Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You (Bob Dylan Cover)(Laginappe Session)
22. Bob Dylan - Sitting On Barb Wire Fence (Take 6)
23. Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna (Take 5)
24. The King Khan & BBQ Show - Shake Real Low
25. The Wayouts - Red Rover
26. Black Flag - Fix Me
27. Captain Beefheart - Zig Zag Wanderer
28. Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues (Second Show - Live At Folsom Prison)
29. Johnny Cash - Jackson (With June Carter)(Live At Folsom Prison)

To download this weeks program, visit CJAM's schedule page for Revolution Rock and download the file for May 26.

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