Spreading the gospel of hard working and heavy living C-Leb & the Kettle Black take an almost Jerry Reed meets AC/DC approach with their latest album "Flat Black!" Not afraid to blend their NW roots with a Southern Rock sound they lay it all on the line to deliver an album that descibes what it is to be blue collar through the songs of working class musician's. Taking it a step further the group staked out Stone Gossard's (Pearl Jam) Studio Litho with engineer/producer Floyd Reitsma to record an all analog album right down to the "hands-on" final mix to 1/2" tape. Coming off the back of a successful crowd funding campaign the groups success isn't a flash in the pan but a steady up-and-coming based off the diligent hard work and efforts of both band and fans alike.
To know this group and the charisma that surrounds them is to know a truly inspiring story of individuals that collaborate as peers as well as friends. C-Leb stemmed the initial concepts with nothing more than a few drum machines and harmonica's. Splaying blues/dance grit with his naturally raspy vocals the raw sound was enough to inspire Jesse Strasbaugh to come on board with guitar and the Kettle Black was born. After recording the first album "The Kettle Black" the group hit a transitional period only to reemerge with Sandy Dickerson on bass and James Squires on drums. Sandy was a well known bass hitter in the NW playing with many regionally successful bands (full resume at http://seattleukulele.com/) while James Squires was fresh out of Berklee School of Music and a protege of legendary NW drummer Mike Stone.
The group literally hit the ground running and in 2013 they managed to set the bar by playing 50+ shows all DIY. Including opening for super group Walking Papers (Duff McKagan - Gun's & Roses, Barrett Martin - Screaming Trees) and playing the Seattle Seahawks Superbowl playoff game at legendary Safeco Field.
Not shy of any stage and hungry for more the group is working with indie label Spark & Shine records through The Orchard (Burnside Distribution) to get their driving sound out and into the ears of a demographic that transcends all ages and genres. Like them on facebook, follow them on twitter/instagram and most of all book this band to be a part of what is sure to become the group everyone knew would happen!
“North West originated but definitely Southern Fried, C-Leb & the Kettle Black offer an energetic “Hott Mess” of throaty blues, wicked slide guitar, and honky tonk harmonica on their debut. It ain’t got that “Parental Advisory — Explicit Content” sticker on it for nothing as it’s profane as all get out (though it has “clean versions” of four of the songs at the end of the disc… y’know, after your ears have already melted off).”
Rick J. Bowen – No Depression The Roots Music Authority
“Raw and Rockin’ right out of the gate! The self titled debut from Seattle’s C-LEB and the Kettle Black reaches right out of the speakers for your throat.”
Bebe Besch – SSG Music
“Their “Urban Blues” rang robustly to the crowd of early attendees who appreciated each effort made by the band. C-leb worked the front of the stage, owning his title as his rich voice carried the blues-rock deliveries out, sometimes paired with a harmonica.”
Frank O. Gutch Jr. - Rock & Reprise.net
“This is take no prisoner stuff, the kind of stuff the real Southern bands used to play.The Celebration is straight-on rock with a touch of Delaney & Bonnie thrown in for good measure. My favorite, though, has to be One For the Road, a medium-beat ride on a musical hog of no mean size. It is wall-of-sound perfection when you turn it up, and I would bet that anyone who really wanted to listen would turn it way up.”
Cat Hennebury – Cat’s Litter Box
“The Kettle Black only took one listen to become one of my all time favorite albums. It definitely ranks up there with The Black Crows ~ Shake your Money Maker, Dire Straits ~ Brothers In Arms, Lynyrd Skynyrd ~ Pronounced ‘Leh-’nerd ‘Skin-’nerd…”
The Daily News, McKeesport, PA
C-LEB & THE KETTLE BLACK,
“The Kettle Black” (self-released)
— Take old-school blues and inject it with some modern flourishes and instrumentation and you’ll wind up with C-Leb & the Kettle Black. The collective’s debut album, “The Kettle Black,” is a rousing collection of synth-fueled blues. The 14-track release makes for a very enjoyable listen and there are clean versions of a handful of songs to make it more appropriate for younger ears. There isn’t a clunker to be found here, with C-Leb and his mates soaring highest on “Call It Love,” “Hell Don’t Pay Taxes,” “One for the Road,” “Man Down,” “Another Man’s Son” and “Hott Mess.” can’t wait to hear more from these guys. (JJSS)