The Bonedaddys, are L.A.’s original “Worldbeatniks” (since 1985) and one of the very first American bands to be described as Worldbeat. The Bonedaddys still take a “wide stance” stylistically, and claim influences ranging from Charles Ives to Burl Ives and much in-between; with the common musical denominator being a fun, dancable party ambience. The Bonedaddys were formed in Los Angeles by percussionist Michael Tempo and the group’s sprawling, ever-changing roster would variously include singers Kevin Williams, King Cotton, Billy Sheets, Gregg Sutton and now Kaspar Abbo. Their album debut was in 1988 with A-Koo-De-A!, (although they had earlier written and recorded a song about Bo Diddley with Bo Diddley on vocals and guitar; which was not released until a shortened version of it appeared on their CD “Garage Sale. ) After “A-Koo-De-A! The Bonedaddys subsequently issued a series of albums including “Worldbeatniks”, “To Jam Is Human, to Gig Divine , Jungle/Jungle, and Garage Sale. The Bonedaddys have now released their 6th album “waterslide.” The all original songs on “waterslide” are designed to move butts of all persuasions and feature soulful vocals by front man and tunesmith Kaspar Abbo and King Cotton (named after Elvis’ favorite brand of bacon) who are accompanied by the twin guitar attack of Marcus Watkins and Phil Gough, with Jay Work on saxophones and propelled by bass (Rick Moors), drums (Casey Jones) and percussion (Mike Tempo.) The 13 grooves on “waterslide” are a merry-go-round of styles and range from funk, rock, blues mambo, soca, Latin, rock-steady and psycho-billy two-step to an afro-surf twang meets spaghetti-western instrumental. “waterslide” is a gumbo stirred up in light refracted through a prism called Los Angeles. For The Bonedaddys, Worldbeat has come full circle to include an expression of American roots music.
THE BONEDADDYS have been together for a while, and many people have been a part. Thanx and a tip of the Bonedaddy fez to: BONEDADDYS WE HAVE KNOWN SINGERS- King Cotton, Kevin (Honey) Williams, Dexter Dickerson, Billy Sheets, Gregg Sutton, Kaspar Abbo, Gia Ciambotti. GUITAR PLAYERS- Paul Lacques, Larry Knight, Philip Gough, Jai Vatuk, Dave Wakeling, Ray Symczyk, Tony Lee, Marcus Watkins* ON BASS- Eric Gotthelf, Simeon Pillich, Kelly Nickson, Miiko Watanabe, Rick Moors* SAXOPHONES- Jeff Hollie, Jay Work, Danny Moynahan, Michael Rose KEYBOARDS- Jack Price, Ron Froese, Frankie Hill, Jelani Jones, Rudy Richardson, Gary Johnson DRUMMERS- Marvin Kanarek, Tony Braunagel, Bryan Sebastian, Jerry Angel, Russ Kammerer, Rock Deadrick Johnnie Kirkwood Jr., Roderick Njoes, Paul Tchounga, Willie Green III, Casey Jones PERCUSSION- Mike Tempo*, Baba Kwashi, Bobby LaKind, Lenny Castro, Kevin Riccard, Cyro Baptista, Al Keith, Marcel Adjibi, Francis (Poppypea) Paulino, Chatuye HARMONICA- John “Juke Logan, Dan Patrick TRUMPET – Ralf Rickert, Paul Litteral ACCORDIANS- Steve Jordan, Eddie Baytos, Gary Johnson TROMBONE- Skip Waring SOUND MEN, LIGHTS, ROADIES, BUS DRIVERS, SWAG MERCHANTS, AGENTS & MANAGERS – Tommy Wright, Rik Reeder, Mark Burrage, Willie “Buckethead Huggins, Truk Cunningham, Rodan, Geoff Hagins, Gerry Fialka, Rich Stilson, Dave Boyle, Dave Hardie, Ray, Freddy Ginns, Shaker, Clark Lough, Will McCrae, David Lumian, Chris Goldsmith, Kevin Morrow, Mac Faulk HONORABLE JAMMERS-Bo Diddley, Tim McGovern, Bruno Coon, Steve “Duck McClain, Patrick Pearce, Martin Chambers, Greg Bissonette, Dennis La Plant, Carlos Guitarlos, Jimmy Wood, Top Jimmy, Donny Gerrard, Arny Young, Barry “The Hatchet Wisdom, Tim Moynahan, Wally Ingram, Johnnie Bone, Dave Leathers, Jimmie Roberts, Bill Lynch, Pat Rodgers, Carlos Vega, Ritchie Hayward, Alfredo Lopez, Debra Dobson, Scott Breadman, Marc Doten, that guy from Venice Beach. * – Denotes current member
The Bonedaddys have recorded, toured or performed with many artists, including: BO DIDDLEY BOBBY “BLUE BLAND BURNING SPEAR TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS NRBQ ROBERT CRAY CARLOS SANTANA JIMMY CLIFF MANU DIBANGO SHAWN COLVIN GANG OF FOUR SCREAMING JAY HAWKINS KASSAV TITO PUENTE NO DOUBT THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS WARREN ZEVON THE CHAMBERS BROTHERS TOWER OF POWER THE SUBDUDES THE MIGHTY SPARROW JOHNNY OTIS THE NEVILLE BROTHERS THE MEDITATIONS FISHBONE BRAVE COMBO RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS THE TUBES BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO ROCKING DOPSIE THE TIBETAN MONKS BLUES TRAVELER THE INDIGO GIRLS MARY WILSON BELA FLECK AND THE FLECKTONES YELLOWMAN BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY LEO NOCENTELLI JOAN JETT DAVID LEE ROTH JEFFERSON STARSHIP STEVE MORSE PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS FLOCK OF SEAGULLS ZULU SPEAR HOT TUNA JAMES HARMAN DAVE WAKELING CANDYE KANE JOHN CAFFERTY AND THE BEAVER BROWN BAND THE BLASTERS THE PALADINS MELVIS BILLY SHEETS THE REBEL ROCKERS ROTONDI OINGO BOINGO
THE BONEDADDYS serve up a wild party mix of African, Caribbean, R&B, New Orleans and Rock & Roll rhythms but the bottom line is always a soulful and danceable ambiance. THE BONEDADDYS are in their third decade creating music that has been described in performance as an unstoppable, sweat-ridden orgy of rhythm.
MIKE TEMPO • CONGAS, TIMBALES, TALKING DRUMS & PERCUSSION – Fearless/feckless leader of a band of brilliant misfits. At least he thinks so. Returns phone calls. Defines musical instruments into two categories: Bongos and Devil-boxes.
KASPAR ABBO • LEAD VOCALS, SONGWRITING & OCCASIONAL GUITAR —Handsome British/American with soul-to-spare. Make no mistake; Kaspar is the musical chameleon that makes it possible for The Bonedaddys to do what they do. Capeesh?
MARCUS WATKINS —GUITAR • Cut musical teeth with The Bonedaddys when he was too young to be in clubs. Grew up. Grew a beard. Traveled the world. Now back and writing songs and rocking hard!
PHIL GOUGH —GUITAR & VOCALS • Tiki King and long-time Pillar of Guitar Fire in The Bonedaddys community. Phil is also a songwriter and intrepid producer of the 2 latest releases by The Bonedaddys Garage Sale and “waterslide.
JAY WORK —SAXOPHONES & VOCALS • Stalwart reedman & strong background vocalist, as well as a seasoned accompanist to strippers extraordinaire. Has traveled far and wide with The Bonedaddys. Good at directions but has a flawed record judging gas mileage.
RICK MOORS —BASS • The grease. Deserves our gratitude for combatting government cloud-seeding efforts with clever homemade devices. When performing, his toes look a lot like his fingers.
CASEY JONES —DRUMS & VOCALS • Rock steady power plant that propels bands from the U.S. to China. Fully recovered from that unfortunate train wreck which made him famous and now drives The Bonedaddys rhythmically.