Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Rattle Them Bones on LP
2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene. In it's first years, having secured their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles, they reminded the world, in the middle of the grunge era, no less, that it was still cool to swing, big band style. Today the high-energy nine-piece ensemble continues the party and takes things to the next level with the release of Rattle Them Bones. The follow-up to the much lauded 2009 release, How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway, Rattle Them Bones still urges their millions of fans worldwide to shake and move to their inimitable grooves while also expanding their horizons with new musical inspiration and influence.
The intensity of the Calloway project helped the band further hone it's ability to honor the great musicians and music of the past while pushing the genre forward through interpretation and vision. Leader Scotty Morris has called that experience “The greatest musical education possible, and one that again solidified the brotherhood of the band.” While by design the musical focus of that session was Calloway’s heyday of the 30s and 40s, Rattle Them Bones is a more expansive, ultimately liberating work that began with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's singer and chief songwriter drawing from some unexpected cultural wells.
“The goal with every album is to take the listener on a unique journey and the process this time involved choosing from my originals and a handful of covers we thought would fit the spirit of where the project seemed headed. Often as we start making sense of the material, the record tells us what it’s going to be, and it was clear this time that we weren’t going to be limited to a single decade or vibe. We feel like we left Cab and started thinking about Don Draper and Mark Twain and along the way some fascinating ideas emerged that turned Rattle Them Bones into a real celebration of the landscape of American music we love so much."
“After all these years,” Morris says, “I still enjoy writing in a vintage style. I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself as a writer, so for this record I wanted to do something I had never done before and that was to write a duet." Not only was Morris able to rise to the challenge, but “It Only Took A Kiss” is one of the album's real standouts. With its irresistible charm and timeless bounce it's hard to believe it’s not an 80 year-old standard. “We were looking for the classic, simple yet timeless kind of love song that Gershwin did so well. So influence from this particular era is foundational, but on the new album, the tune falls right in the middle of a grand sweep of musical Americana.”
As Big Bad Voodoo Daddy approaches their twenty-year anniversary, Rattle Them Bones clearly demonstrates that the nine-piece band is very much like a fine wine or spirit that gets better with age. "We're far from finished making music,” claims Morris. "We have big plans for the next 20 years!"
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Rattle Them Bones Track Listing:
1. The Adventures Of....
2. Diga Diga Do
3. The Jitters
4. Let It Roll Again
5. It Only Took A Kiss
6. She s Always Right (I m Never Wrong)
7. Why Me?
8. Devil s Dance
9. It s Lonely At The Top
10. Still In The Mood
11. Gimme That Wine
12. 5-10-15 Times