Bootleg of the Week
Each week - a particularly tasty piece of audio or video. Some previously
released, some not. Some rare performances - maybe a wacky cover.
Cover of the Week
Uncle Festers - November 9th, 2001
I had a few more ambitious things planned for this week, but zoom - where does
the time go? So I went and snagged a cover tune instead.
The guys played at Mellenfest in Bloomington a few weeks before this show.
The show organizers
asked that each band learn at least one John (Cougar) Mellencamp song.
Sometimes a sloppy cover is the most fun to hear but they obviously practiced
this one to please the Mellenheads. So when I showed up a few weeks later in
Bloomington, I requested this and they (reluctantly?) played it. I say
reluctantly cause Scott gave a "oh, we don't want to play that" kinda face but
with all the crazy-ass requests I throw at them, if they don't want to play
something, they wont!
So it was more like a - oh, we'll pretend we don't want to play it, nail the
sumbitch perfectly, and then say "I guess that was cool" kinda thing.
I have a LOW tolerance for John Cougar, but this song is a jam.
Scotty stories of the week
Real Video 10,350k
Video of Scott's "Grandpa's Story" during Salty Dog Blues. I call this the
This is from the Duck Inn in Evansville, Indiana on May 25th, 2002. One of
my first times playing with the camera so it gets a little shaky at times.
Perceptive geeks will notice that the audio is from the board and not from
the camera. Better sounding but less crowd atmosphere - always a tradeoff.
Salty Dog Blues
Real Audio 2071k
And here is the entire song - as I like to call it - Grandpa's Salty Dog
Raspberry Sedated Blues. This one has my favorite version of Grandpa's Story.
This is from January 25th, 2002 at Ellis Place in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
"Hair band but admit it, you sing along" cover of the Week - Wanted Dead Or Alive
Duck Inn - June 28th, 2002
Deep in the second set, the guys are about to finish it off with Sugar On The
Pill. Nick is noodling with an intro when Scott hears some notes that remind
him of something.
He yells out "Bon Jovi!" and off they go.
The regulars at the Duck will also get a kick out of Scott's comments at the
start - the biggest lie he ever told!
Blues Jam of the Week - Midnight Blues (5:47)
Duck Inn - August 17th, 2002
Ok, I've slacked off for two weeks. I need to get something online before the
boot of the week is the one up my ass.
I wanted to put their "Deathgrass" song online but I promised them I wouldn't.
But I didn't promise that I wouldn't mention it and tell people to request it!
Make em play it. You'll be glad you did.
Anyway, back to this week's boot. Just recently at the Duck Inn, it was the
Road Show of the Month, where tired and weary travelers get a prize. Well,
I traveled the furthest - and I already have all their shirts and CDs. So I
asked for requests. One after another, Scott turned his nose up at all of them.
I just wanted something Blue - Blue, Blue, Blue (ok, they did play that -
Thanks, guys!), Shrouded In Blue (no chance), Madman Blues (ditto), Big Dream
Blues (Scott just laughed).
So then I thought A-HA - enough of this Rocky Top nonsense, lets have some
Chi-town down and dirty Blues. Scott liked that idea and this improv jam is
what we got. Very blues, very cool.
Cancer Sux - 52 weeks a year
Sweet Bye and Bye (3:55)
Hannah Flanagans - October 30th, 1999
Asheville, North Carolina
A wise man once said, quite simply, Cancer Sux. So he decided to do something
about it. The second annual
Cancer Sux show takes place this Saturday, September 14th in Kittaning,
Pennsylvania. Get your butts on out there for a great show for a great cause.
I have it on good authority that you will get to hear this song live.
There are songs you hear every show - Old Song, Savanna Flowers, etc.
There are songs you never hear (at least not in the current 3-man setup) -
Knees, Shrouded In Blue, etc - mainly because Scott says you just can't get
the groove without a drummer.
Then there is this rarity. I've only heard it once. It just dawned on me
(three years later) that maybe it was a request by someone in Tramp's family -
his grandparents and one or two other relatives were present that night.
Special thanks to Ron Pritt for getting this recording to me. This was only
my second road trip to see the band and I hadn't figured out recording yet.
Ron came through and saved the day by recording portions of the show.
Little trivia - Nick used his stomp shoe for the bass note - just a quick
setting change on the ol' stomp shoe/drum machine hookup. I've never seen
them use the stomp shoe for anything besides the stomp except this one time
for this song.
Crazy Stuff of the Week - Boiler Room Highlights (13:56)
Boiler Room - August 15th, 2002
Let's file this under "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Here's the story. Boiler Room - it's always a crazy show. If you're in the
area, come on out for a show. They usually play there on a Thursday and play
all kinds of crazy shit cause...it's a slow Thursday night and they do what
So August 15th - the guys have just finished a 10-day vacation and they are
WOUND UP and ready to...show everyone (they're/their) nuts. These are the
kinds of shows where Scott comes up to me after the show and demands "Don't
EVER release that show!". But this one was so goofy, I decided to make a
highlight reel. The show was hilarious and I wanted to share it with the
But when I was done, I listened to it and most of it seemed like "you had to
be there" kind of humor. I'll let you decide. Besides all the funny banter,
I threw in some clips of some songs:
Viva Las Vegas
Cold Gin (Kiss cover)
Traveler's Companion (whoops! How did that get on there!)
And finally - we answer the question - What happens to Twenty More People when
Tramp starts to play before Scott and Nick are ready?
Soundcheck of the Week - Jubilee (5:59)
Ellis Place - January 25th, 2002
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Tsk tsk. Shame on me. Recording the guys when they are just warming up during
People have been asking me to put a version of Jubilee online, so of course, I
had to find a slightly different version.
For those who haven't seen them this year, Nick has a little sampler that he puts
to use during this song. It provides some percussion that they took from the
studio demo they made of this song and the guys play along. As much as I love
them trying new things, most people (including myself) who have heard this
non-sampler soundcheck version of the song like it a little more. I think
this has a little more freeform groove than when they are locked into the sample
track. Plus the long instrumental intro is nice too.
Like I said, its during soundcheck so it stops and starts a few times while
the guys are getting their stuff together.
5 Piece Goodness of the Week
High Cold India
1996 - exact date and location unknown
Scott changes his mind from show to show. Sometimes he tells me "anything
you record live is ok to put online" - other times he says "oh god, that was
horrible, don't put that online". Well, what about live stuff that I found
but didn't record myself....
One night, when Ron and I were copying that nights show from the band's DAT player to
my laptop, I hear something strange at the end of the tape.
Thats not tonights show? Thats drums! Thats.....High Cold India!!!
Yes, it's the 1996 5-piece lineup - Scott, Tramp, Bryan Ward on guitar,
Jason Dunaway on bass, and Mickey Grimm on drums.
I have heard two different studio versions of High Cold India, and this live
performance is much cooler than either of them.
I only have that ending bit of Old Song, the rest was already cutoff. It's
pretty distorted, but hey, I'll take what I can get from 96.
8/12/2002 - Crazy Train
Duck Inn - February 2nd, 2001
Ok, my story for this one lasts longer than the song. When you see the band now,
Nick has that whole homemade rack full of guitars. A bunch of acoustics, two
electrics and a dobro. Or something like that - I lose count! He shows off
his electric skills on songs like Banks Of Divine, Twenty More People and
But when Nick first started in early 1999, he rarely (never?) played an electric
guitar on stage with Bonepony. I started seeing the band in Fall 1999. By
April of 2000, I had seen a dozen of more performances. I also saw that Nick
would carry an electric with him on the road. I asked him about it and he said
he would use it in the van so he could practice with headphones without
bothering his vanmates. The electric would be onstage in its case but he never
So there was this show at the Duck in April, 2000. Its deep in
the second set and Scott wants to have fun. He starts singing lines of
different cover songs - seeing which one Nick and Tramp want to play along
with. He gets to Crossroads and Nick starts to play. Then Scott says, "Hey,
get out the electric." and I witness for the first time Nick showing his chops
on the electric.
Not knowing much about his playing past at that point, I was amazed. "Wow!
Nick can play the electric guitar? I thought he just played acoustic!"
Ok, maybe I was just stupid. But it was still cool.
Bit by bit, the electric crept into the set. But I still didn't know about
his flying-V guitar god roots. Until he displayed them one night at the Duck.
I was hanging back, talking to Ron, not paying attention to the discussion
going on onstage. Then, I hear this highly amplified, slightly distorted
crunch. What was that? Whats happening onstage? I look but there is already
a very large crowd surrounding Nick. Then this amazing amplified SHRIEK comes
out of the speakers. And Nick begins to go metal-crazy and wail away at
Crazy Train. It almost amounts to a solo since Tramp's mandolin is so drowned
out I can't even hear it.
But there's MORE to the story! As it says at the top, this was played 2/02/01
at the Duck. That show is already available on Stomp Club - but you won't
see this song in the listing. A few minutes into the song, Nick is totally
into the groove, swings his guitar a bit and hits the top of it on something.
(At the Duck - probably the pole in front of him.) So in the middle of the
song, his guitar goes wildly out of tune. It only takes him less than a minute
to retune, but it's quite a nasty noise. So, after the show, he comes up to
me and says "Do NOT release that on the website." AAAAAAA!!!! Dagger through
my heart! The most amazing electric performance by Nick I had heard at that
point and I can't release it! But hey, I can't tape if they can't trust me.
So into my vaults it went - but not for long.
I whip out my trusty audio
editor and snip out the offending out-of-tuneness. The next time I see Nick,
I play the 'edited' version for him and ask for his approval. He grants it.
Great! Well, since the show was already online, I figure I'll save it for
'Covers and Crazy Stuff, Vol 2' which I was planning on doing 'any day now.'
Well, that was a year and a half ago - no Vol 2 yet. Might as well finally get
this sumbitch out there!
Thats not silence in the intro. Listen carefully and you can hear Nick going
through the chords of the song with Scott and Tramp.
8/07/2002 - Mountainside
Uncle Festers - August 23rd, 2001
Now, if you put together a 'best-of' live CD for the guys, this version of
the song wouldn't even make the first cut. It's Uncle Festers in
Bloomington, Indiana. A kick ass place. Go there, tell
Aaron I said "Hi" and then make sure he buys you a drink!
Anyway - this song was near the end of the night on a nearly four hour set.
Scott's vocals are a bit weak - but the 'Mountainside' part isn't why I put
this online. It's the intro that goes on forever. Scott was feeling funky
and started some 'feel good' rap - Nick joined in with some waa-waa guitar,
and then Scott started into some blues. Eventually, they remembered what
song they started and sang Mountainside, but enjoy the funky freestylin'.
7/29/2002 - Twenty More People
Ellis Place - January 25th, 2002
Bowling Green, Kentucky
This is quite possibly my most favorite Bonepony song ever. Most of their
songs are fairly universal. They sing of good times, or using music to get
through the hard times, but they're singing about everyone or someone else -
Georgie or Angie May or whoever. But to me, this song seems to come from
deep down in their very soul to describe themselves perfectly. We all love
the band and their music and want them to make millions and never have to
worry about money again, but some days you play Devil's advocate and say -
just how long can you keep playing at little bars and clubs. To me, this
song perfectly answers that question. Hell - or maybe they just made it all
The studio version on Rare Cuts has that nice echo effect on the mandolin
but with the equipment they bring out on the road, it's hard to get the
echo timing down just right so they seem to have stopped using it. They
used it for this performance and I think it came out quite nice.