Coyote Bill / Press

"Shot from a Kansas cannon, Coyote Bill rocks into your world with his heavy blues and danceable groove. His chops are down and he ain't no clown. KC still rocks!"

Black Cat Moan Sampler - Big City Blues Magazine

“I got that chance [to see the band] about a month later at the IBC Challenge where Coyote Bill and the Wild Ones were scheduled to appear. I hadn't heard this band yet so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. The power trio (Coyote Bill - guitar/vocals, Susan Barrett - bass, and Alex Boyd - drums) simply blew things up that afternoon finishing the 20 minute set with their killer cover of "Wang Dang Doodle". ”

“[Coyote] Bill may live here in Kansas City now but his music is all Southside Chicago Blues. His tight band, who should get gold stars for putting up with his antics, include Susan Barrett on bass and "The Lone Gunman" Alex Boyd on drums. Coyote Bill also pens a great column for Big City Blues Magazine about what is going on in the Kansas City Blues scene.”

“Coyote Bill and His Wild Ones will kick off the weekend of blues. This group may have formed in Kansas City, but frontman Coyote Bill is actually a Chicago native. Therefore, the group’s music is heavily influenced by Chi-Town blues. Some Coyote Bill songs, however, have a Southern tinge. “Wang Dang Doodle” features a one-chord rhythm reminiscent of ZZ Top’s “La Grange.” Coyote Bill and His Wild Ones is the only act that performed at the 2009 Bikes and Blues Festival that was asked back this year. Rhea Williams-Carpentieri, a member of the blues festival’s music selection committee, says the group is back by popular demand. “Their music was excellent,” Williams-Carpentieri says. “Everybody that listened to them last year said, ‘These guys are awesome! You have to get them back!’” ”

“I ended my evening with Coyote Bill & His Wild Ones, who further fortified my faith in local music. He had folks dancing and stomping, screaming and smiling with his boogie blues. With his floppy hair flying, Coyote Bill looked pleasantly surprised to see people eating it up. Susan Barrett, the bass player, put out controlled licks in contrast to CB's wild, grungy stylings and played with her pinky finger raised. "That's what I'm talkin' about, ladies and gentlemen," said CB. "I'm big, fat and ugly. Drunk and uneducated too," he commented before going into his version of Howlin' Wolf's "Wang Dang Doodle." It was awesome. I loved seeing the cute bros and girls get down to something besides the usual indie-rock fare. ”

“Very few blues guitarists can properly manage a truly thundering guitar tone into an all-night-long, three-sets-of-fury show without wearing out the crowd's eardrums, but Coyote Bill has the taste and the tone to get the job done. Once one is accustomed to the idea that his amplifier will not shiver into a pile of its lesser components, one can thoroughly enjoy a rhythmically tight performance that is delivered with equal parts mirth and honesty by Coyote Bill and his Wild Ones; the authentic feel of the blues is openly apparent in this transplanted south side of Chicago kid's Kansas City performances.”