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,
King Cotton, Kevin Williams, Billy Sheets, Marcel Adjibi, 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 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.