BLACK CAT MOAN has coined the phrase "New Vintage Blues" to describe their music -- a modern blues sound that looks to the source of recorded blues, like Robert Johnson, for inspiration. "Black Cat Moan pays homage to the era of blues that birthed its honored child, jazz, and its bastard son, rock and roll," says one Pennsylvania music critic. The band encompasses the best of several eras through its three members talented musicianship and varied backgrounds.
"SAINT" George Byich's style harkens back to what is referred to as country blues, most representational of the early 1900's to the 1930's. The recognizable slide guitar of Delta Blues and the finger picking of Mississippi John Hurt can be heard in George's performances.
Zachary "BOTTLE" Bodoloski's talents evoke the first child of the blues, with jazz being his biggest influence. A second generation jazz drummer, his style harkens back to the 1920's through the 1950's -- so you'll be sure to hear some rockabilly licks as well.
"the MUNK" T.K. Mundok's vocal styling recognizes the later off-spring, like soul and rock 'n'roll, from the sounds of the 50's and 60's. Artists like Etta James and Jim Morrison have paved the way for a musician like T.K., allowing him to trill and groan through their songs.
The three gentlemen have brought together audiences of many different ages and backgrounds. They play regularly at the Blues Gathering held at Venue of Merging Arts, and have begun to garner a following at SW PA venues and jazz, blues and folk festivals.
Noting a void among today’s standard blues bands, this trio of musicians came together to play music that harkens back to Chess Records. BLACK CAT MOAN does not mimic other artists of that era, but instead brings a new vibe to a classic art form.