Here we are again with not one but two BANDS OF THE WEEK for the 2020 edition of the Picking Bones Festival. As you should know by now, the festival takes place in Linter, Belgium on June 12 and 13… Tickets can be found in the link below…

No lack of solo acts or one-man bands in the genres we like so it should come as no surprise we have two on our line-up. Let’s start with Lone Wolf omb

Bruno Esposito aka Lone Wolf comes to us all the way from Florida and that shows in his sound. If you have ever wondered how a swamp sounds… Listen to LONE WOLF omb! His raspy vocals, cool as fuck fingerpicking and that ever present harmonica is all he needs to take you on a twisted trip through the hot and muddy swamps of his home state. Bruno is a master on any stringbased instrument being it a banjo or a homebuild cane with two snares on it. He’ll play you a song on it!

If you expect modern blues you may want to stay far away while Lone Wolf is playing, because all that talent he’s got does not mean he’ll play smooth and polished blues licks for your “sunny sunday harley riding blues rocker” type of guys… Lone Wolf plays dirty, greased up blues with a punk attitude!



Up Next: Uncle Wormwood out of Finland!
As far as we know no happy music ever came out of Finland and Uncle Wormwood is no exception…
No Good
Feel Bad
One Man
Junk Band
as the man discribes it himself… It may not be the best marketing strategy to gain new fans, but that is not what Uncle Wormwood is about. This is about darkness, doom and death! Nighttime music that we will force feed you during the middle of the day!
Imagine the Angel of Death playing the blues… And that’s what Uncle Wormwood sounds like… ENJOY!


Both acts play on Saturday, 13th of June.
Get your tickets at http://www.pickingbonesfest.com

As you know, after 3 years we’ve put Pirate Farm Fest in the grave and embarked on a new adventure called PICKING BONES! This festival is a follow through of PFF but with a wider range in musical genres. Still the same DIY spirit, still the same mindset, but BETTER!

With the change of name we also looked for a new location and we found it in a little town called Linter (Belgium). We have full support of the local government and even got some federal funding. How is that for a festival that only sells 500 tickets, I guess they like what we do… And we can not forget about our sponsors, small business owners, tattoo shops, bars… People with their heart in the right place. THANK YOU!

Let talk about the bands playing on friday. We have two stages.
The Cowboy Trash Stage (CTS) and The Side Stage (ST). Both stages have a full PA system, so you can expect pitch perfect sound on both of them!

SLACK BIRD (fin) 18.00 CTS
This amazing couple out of Finland opens up the festival with their dark folk punk. A banjo, suitcase drum, a harmonica and two beautiful voices is all they need. Sung in their native tongue, they will take you on a journey to the land of a thousand lakes. Their albums are nothing short but brilliant and live they are one big party! Make sure you are there on time, you do not want to miss this!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9-dE5StCWQ

ROTZAK (be) 18.50 ST
Rotzak is a Belgian hardcore/rock band with a very personal sound. From rage to introvert musical madness and back again. This is a love or hate band, no in between. Their frontman uses the stage as his playground with over the top antics and in your face performance while not even caring if you are there… We love it, and we hope you will… (and to all the soundguys in the audience, that is HIS microphone and micstand… he can destroy the shit out of it, DO NOT TRY TO STOP HIM)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bm9btI7yeI

EVERYONE IS GUILTY (be) 19.40 CTS
Is there something like the perfect mix between postrock and roots music? We think there is. They are called Everyone Is Guilty… And it seems like Mister Slim Cessna thinks the same… He recorded and produced their album together with Dwight Pentecost in his studio in Denver. Not many bands are givin this chance and certainly not a Belgian band. This is beautiful dark music, performed by such talented musicians. So much detail goes into their live show, keep your eyes on the drummer…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsHSo5o8_PM

SUBURBAN DRUGDEALERS (swe) 20.35 ST
Our first band out of Sweden! With an English singer… Two FIRSTS! Hooray! So a bunch of punks, psycho’s and garage rockers get together and start playing country music… It didn’t take long before this bastard sound was born. A mix between the best Scandinavian punk rock and country music. Think The Hellacopters, mixed with some Bob Wayne and throw in a big shot of punk rock attitude.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NahN-j3Iv-A

THE GECKO BROTHERS (hol) 21.35 CTS
Hot Damn! The Gecko Brothers are back!!!! No, not those crazy fuckers from the movie, THOSE CRAZY FUCKERS from Holland! With Eric Haamers from the legendary pyschobilly band BATMOBILE and Mo from TIO GRINGO these guys bring you old school speedrock! With two albums released on DRUNKABILLY RECORDS you know they will bring you quality. It is gonna get loud, nasty and wet… Lemmy would approve!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtMweZIImT8

TOXIC SHOCK (be) 22.35 ST
We went a little crazy on the heavy side of the musical spectrum on this first day of the festival as you have seen, but the heaviest is still to come! TOXIC SHOCK is a nuclear explosion of thrash metal and old school hardcore. They have played every big hardcore and metal fest in europe and every small venue in the world, and thing bring the party every fucking time! Now they will close The Side Stage at Picking Bones. With two full album and 5 ep’s or split releases these guys know how to bring it, one of them with the mighty Iron Reagan!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZe8BVO0Cfg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hSHSOm0-io&t=6s
“Holy Moly – this is a neckbreaker. Known from several quality releases (split with Iron Reagan) the belgium powerhouse Toxic Shock pushed their boundaries once again. No compromises! And so they went to bed with the godfather of metal producing Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica & Co.) to get things right for Twentylastcentury. They combine all good things of end of the 80s with good old hardcore like Suicial Tendencies did on their first two records. So you have Flanger Intros, loco-whispering, furious moshparts, fast circle pit parts. The LA-Mentality of late 80s Venice Beach. So if you dig razorsharp Guitars and cool groovy mosher like Leeway did you will did this 100% – Gangshouts, aggressive basslines, crazy leads and a fitting singer makes this a must have for all crossover maniacs out there. Listen to Toxic Shock and you will not bail the mctwist anymore – Promised!”

CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY (usa) 23.45 CTS
Why is it that this band brings together bluegrass fans, punks, jazz nerds, metalheads and stoners? Because they are just that fucking awesome!!! This is one of those bands that as a music lover you can’t get around. They are here, just go with it! They may even be one of the best live bands in the world! It is not a bad thing if you and your mother-in-law can dance together to the same band while still holding your cool. She may even get some shady looks from that bitch next door because her dance moves are still fresh! BOOOM! Come join us, dance your ass off with Carrie Nation and make this a night to remember… Do they need to be on a big festival? HELL YEAH! But do we want to feel the spit coming out of the trumpet on our face while they are going mental in front of us? FUCK YEAH!!! What better way then to see your favorite band up close?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_amG_MYGWM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbiaYbFIOsU


Get your ass over to www.pickingbonesfest.com and get your tickets.
We have free camping, parking, hot showers and cool toilets. Craft beer and ciders at normal prices, good food, meat, vegan, to each his own…
Kids up to 14 get in for free…








UK artist Mike West is embarking on his first ever Euro tour in February. With shows in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands Mike will try to win over some new fans. It shouldn’t be to hard for him, he is an excellent songwriter…

More shows will be added soon, but for now, here is where you can go and see him on stage.
Check out the links below for his music.
https://mikewest333.bandcamp.com/music

Sunday 17 Herselt, 2230, Belgium Pallieter Café –
Monday 18 Brabant, Belgium Stamineeke Webbekom
Tuesday 19 Rotterdam, Netherlands Café De Ouwehoer
Wednesday 20 Den Helder, Netherlands Rock cafe de Engel
Saturday 23 Wuppertal, Germany Spunk
Sunday 24 Liege, Belgium Lou’s Bar

Welcome to all the info you need to know about Pirate Farm Fest 2018!!!

We’ll tell you about the location, the bands, the food, our sponsors and more…

BANDS:
mainstage- friday
– Jimmy Chase
Just a guy with his guitar playing some punky acoustic songs for you all. Jimmy used to be in the now long-gone band Rattleshack, so you know he will kick some ass!

– The Detrimentals (be)
They couldn’t make it in 2017 because their drummer was rushed to the E.R. just hours before the show. But they’ll make it all up in 2018. It’s just straight forward psychobilly, you’ll love it or you’ll hate it, no in-between.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Detrimentals-1495973410702331/

– Shotgun Sawyer (usa)
This will be the first time these young cats will tour in Europe and we are fucking proud to have them at PFF! Dirty blues/stoner with a BITE!

– The Grave Brothers (be)
THEY ARE BACK!!! And they’ll have a new album out by then. They probably are the best “hellbilly/rootspunk” band ever to come out of Belgium. With members from Los Putas, Demented Scumcats, Fifty Foot Combo and more…

– The Freeborn Brothers (pol)
Maybe you know this, but Belgium is a little country in Europe, and therefore we thought it would be a good idea to have one European headliner… And who better to end the party on friday then our good friends from Poland, The Freeborn Brothers!!! Expect some gypsy folk roots punk that will shake your ass so hard you wish you went to that gangbang instead… You will be sore the day after… 😉

White Trash Dating Stage – Saturday (these bands play for free, buy their merch and buy them beer!!!)
– Big Daddy’s Breakfast Voodoo (hol)
Filthy blues from The Netherlands? Yep, but this is not your 13 in a dozen blues rock band. It’s dirty, slow and smells like a swamp…

– TH’ F’kk’n’ G’dd’mn’ Luckies (be)
The garage/punk scene is alive in Belgium more then ever and these two old fuckers know how to do it!!!
https://thfkkngddmnluckies.bandcamp.com/

– Hollywood – Of the Wolves (ger)
In 2006 in a town called Darmstadt a punk/speedrock band was formed, The Wolves…
10 years later their singer decided to sit down and record some of their songs on his own and in a differend style. In 2018 Hollywood will play those songs for you at PFF!

https://hollywoodofthewolves.bandcamp.com/

– The White Trash Dating Service (be)
The WTDS is a busking band, no they don’t play original songs, they just bring an acoustic punk rock party to a street corner near you… And I’m sure you will enjoy it and sing along… It’s fun, it’s dumb, it’s good, it’s FUCKING AWESOME…

– The Evil Daltons (ger)
25 YEARS IN THE WORKS!!! These old school psychobilly veterans are coming over just to play this one show that they don’t get payed for because they want to play for you!!! I would say that is more then a reason to go bat shit crazy while they are destroying the stage. They will have a new album out by then and it is produced by non other then P. Paul Fenech from The Meteors.

Mainstage – Saturday

– Leonhardt vs. Reverend Red (usa)
These two guys are taking a break during the summer to travel to Europe with their family. But hey… why not play a festival or two while at it? They asked to play, I paired them up… You’ll have to deal with them…

Gipsy Rufina (be/ita)
In 2017 he helped us out on friday because The Detrimentals had to cancel. In 2018 he get’s a spot on saturday. Expect some dark folk songs… Should we put him all the way in the back of the stage so you can all sit on it while listening to him?

Cowboy Bob & Trailer Trash (ger)
If you where at the first edition of the festival you should remember that these guys opened up at the mainstage on saturday. We are glad to welcome them back! And if this new video is an indication to how awesome the new album will sound, fucking hell, we are lucky as fuck!

TIO GRINGO (hol)
Hellbilly/Cuntryscum from Holland? Yeah, but with some of the most awesome folks around in this scene, once you talk to them and don’t run into them drunk before… They can be a handfull… Just fucking around! We are pround to have them!
And funny video’s are a plus!!!

– Hopeless Jack (usa)
If you love good music, you love Hopeless Jack! The perfect mix between the most dirty blues, soul and that old punkrock spirit!!! I remember the first time I saw them, the video below, holy crow, I was blown away!!! And I’m sure they will blow you away in 2018!!!

– Steering Ships With Empty Bottles (s.s. WEB, usa)
Are we proud to have these dudes play PFF 2018? Not realy… It’s just Henry and Cris… But are we happy? FUCK YEAH!!!! And we ARE damn proud! These two should play the biggest festivals in the world and then come back to PFF and play just for us, the “in-crowd”… I’m joking… But then again I’m not.
The first video was shot in our backyard, the second in our livingroom. It’s going to feel like brothers are playing our stage.

– The Hooten Hallers (usa)
The fact that these guys and girl are playing PFF could be the sole reason to buy a ticket. And we don’t blame you. If you have ever seen this band on a stage you know why they got booked.

-THE HEADLINER
We are working on it… You’ll love it!!!

TICKETS:

LOCATION:
PFF 2018 will happen at the same place as the previous editions. For those that came in the past, you know what to expect and what to respect. For the new folks…
PFF 2018 takes place at an old farm, it’s no-longer an active farm but 2 families still live there and also grow crops there. Respect their stuff, their crops and most of all their privacy! The places you are not supposed to be are fenced off. You all know what a fence means… STAY THE FUCK OUT!!! 🙂
ps. This also goes for the backstage. If you are not a band- or crewmember, please stay out. We will kick you out of the festival in 2018 after in 2017 to much people disrespected this rule. If you want to talk or hang with a band or it’s members, they will be around before and after the show. You know they’ll come out, just respect the fact that they want to prepare and cool down before and after the show.
adress:
Beurtstraat 42
Tielt-Winge
Belgium

CAMPING /PARKING:
The campsite is free. You are welcome starting Friday morning (if you want to come early, send us message). The campsite is tents only.
You can come with an RV/motorhome/caravan, but know that places are limited. The campsite for these is less then 500 meters away from the festival, but is next to the road and across from the families living on that street. So please keep the noise down and DO NOT enter their yards, unless they invite you!
You will get a garbagebag when you enter the campsite, please use it…

When parking your car, please follow the instructions from the people working the parksite. If you park illegal and you get a ticket or they tow your car… NOT OUR PROBLEM! You are a grown-up, deal with it yourself.

MONEY/CASH/ATM:
There is NO atm on site. Make sure to bring enough cash!!!!

FOOD:
We offer two foodstands for 2018. A Thai foodtruck and one gourmet hamburger foodtruck. Between the two of them you sure as hell will not starve! Yes they have vegi-food! On Saturday morning you will be able to get breakfast from the hamburger guys.

SPONSORS:
As a small independent festival we need sponsors and we are glad we have friends with great business’ that want to help us out.

TEQUILA TATTOOS:
https://www.facebook.com/tequilatattoos/

XTREMETATTOO:
https://www.facebook.com/xtremetattoo-178440752248995/

MOONSHINE TATTOO PARLOR:
https://www.facebook.com/moonshinetattooparlour/

ROOTSTOWN BOOKINGS:
https://rootstownaarschot.wordpress.com/

We also like to thank our secret sponsor from Denmark, you know who you are. Thank you!
If you would like to sponsor our festival, get in contact, we have damn good deals. If you want to set up shop as a vendor… Same thing, get in contact!
oldstylemusicnights@gmail.com

On September the 22nd Canadian punk-rock band The Flatliners played a sold-out show at our local youth-center here in Diest, Belgium. I was invited to interview them and shoot the show. Yeah… It took me this long to get it done. Things happen in life…
Anyhow… Enjoy these video’s! (the interview is interrupted by the opening band sound-checking, but you should be able to figure it out…)

The interview:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFCKTDsdndI

The Show:

After a successful first edition in 2016 we will be back in 2017! Mark you calendar on June 30th and July 1st.
Friday will be all about psychobilly and heavy rock’n’roll, let me walk your through our line-up:
The SideBürns will be opening the festival. This German band with members from Cowboy Bob and Trailer Trash plays some damn fine speedrock. Before they changed their name to The Sidebürns they where known as Mr. Sideburn And The Barons.

Next up we’ll have something special for you guys! The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos!!!
The Detrimentals are a straight forward psychobilly band with Joachim from Tequilla Tattoo’s on drums. If you where at PFF in 2016 you know what a great band they are. In 2017 they are teaming up with one of the most promising Belgian bands in the underground rock’n’roll scene. The Wallaroos remind me of a young Kings of Nuthin. Full of energy and ready to party hard!

So you partied with us in 2016? So you remember The Mullet Monster Mafia?
THEY ARE BACK!!! The best surf trash band from Brazil will make you swing so hard that your ass will hurt the day after! But that’s not all…

Our headliner will be the legendary UK psycho clowns The Klingonz!!! They fly in for this one show only, so do not miss this you freaks!!!
Here is a live version of Bitch a song of their brand new album!!!

 

I’m damn sure we have a kick-ass line-up for friday, now let’s get on to saturday and see what we have in store for you nice folks…
The running order is not set yet, but you’ll get an idea of what we have to offer…:
We’ve got two Dutch bands this year, let’s start with them. First up, Baby Face Nelson. These guys will provide you with some sweet country punk rock’n’roll. I’ve seen them on stage a couple of times and they will get you going. Check out the video for the very catchy
“From Hercules CA to Maricopa AZ”!

Next one from the land of weed and shitty beer is CUDA. As the name may tell you this band plays fast, high powered cowpunk. It’s straight forward, nothing else to tell except they bring cheerleaders… Enjoy boys…

When we booked Call me Bronco we had to take 40RTY (so we did, it was this or nothing…)
It will be his first time in Europe so make sure to make him feel at home. We’re sure you’ll love his banjo driven folk punk songs! And he owns Beagles, so what could go wrong?

We sure are glad our friend Joshua James Esterline a.k.a. Acousta Noir will be back in our field. Without him and lots of others there would not have been a tent to party in last edition. I’m sure most of you know his music by now, so you know what to expect… If not here’s a video to remind you of his awesomeness…

The Dad Horse Experience… What is there to tell about this legend? You love him or you hate him, no in-between… We LOVE HIM!!!

Andrew Ellis came on tour in Europe for the first time in 2016,  and I have to say, I’m in love with this giant! Besides being a great guy he is one hell of an artist. With his dirty and sleazy one man blues he’ll take you on a wild trip into his world…

If you don’t know who Joe Buck Yourself is, then I have no idea where you have been the last 10 years… This man is a living legend and we are damn happy to have him play our second edition!

We have an exclusive and we are damn fucking proud about it!!! Shawn James & The Shapeshifters will play their very first show ever in Belgium!!! We know Shawn is starting to get a celeb status (remember that viral video of two guys in a wolf sanctuary? That’s him…) so we had to book him now, because we will not be able to pay him in a few years 😉
Also make sure to check out his solo stuff.
This video, shot at Muddy Roots in 2015, was my first introduction to this band and I’m hooked ever since. I play one of their albums at least two or three times a week and I have a BUNCH of records… Are you ready for some DOOOOM!?!?

Last year we had The Goddamn Gallows as headliner, I got to see them play two songs, then it was of to the E.R. for me… Long story, I don’t hold a grudge, we talked it out… You guys better make sure I get to see Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy play their set in full! I’ve told you guys before and I’ll tell it again… Carrie Nation is one of the most entertaining bands in this “scene” or even in this world! But you don’t have to take my word for it, come and see them for yourself…

Here is a little promo-video we made with all the bands:

Can we buy tickets now?
yes!
bit.ly/2hOkhbO
Friday: 20 euro
Saturday: 25 euro
Combi: 40 euro

Will it be sold out?
We do not know that… There will be 500 tickets, that’s it… We had almost 300 people in 2016… You do the math…

Where do you need to be?
Beurtstraat 42, Tielt-Winge, Belgium

Is there camping?
Yes and it is free if you have a ticket to the festival

Can I bring a camper or mobile-home?
Yes, we hope the weather gods will have mercy on us this year, so we can provide a better place to camp with them.

Can I bring my own drinks?
Yes and No… You can drink whatever the hell you want on the campsite, but please don’t bring your drinks on the festival grounds. You buying drinks is what keeps this festival alive…

Is it family friendly?
Yes, but we are not babysitters. If you bring your kids, please keep an eye on them. Kids left alone will be givin’ a bunch of redbull and a Florida Georgia Line cd… Try to deal with them after that…

Do kids need a ticket?
Kids up to 12 can get in for free. Please don’t be a dick and try to sneak in your 13 or 14 year old that looks like 10…

Why does the live music end at 12 on Friday and at 1 on Saturday?
Because we respect our neighbors and we hope you will too… Acoustic jams sessions are encouraged, yes even in the tent…

Will there be food?
DUH!!!! We love food, so we will make sure you have a choice between some of the best foodtrucks around. And yes even vegetarian…  Breakfast will also be served on saturday together with that sweet sweet coffee…

The most important thing you have to know is this:
Come and have fun and don’t be a DICK!!! If you want to come to the festival and fuck things up, you’re in the wrong place. Leave your politics, religion and shitty attitude at home! This is about having fun, dancing, catching up with friends and PARTY!!!

See you in our field…

Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors.
Tequila Tattoos, without them, no Pirate Farm Fest
https://www.facebook.com/tequilatattoos

Rootstown Bookings for providing us with great bands and artists
http://rootstownbookings.com/

Moonshine Tattoo Parlour
https://www.facebook.com/moonshinetattooparlour/

Xtremetatto
http://www.xtremetattoo.be/

Timetable friday:
23.00 – 00.00: The Klingonz
21.20 – 22.20: The Mullet Monster Mafia
19.10 – 20.40: The Detrimentals vs. The Wallaroos
17.30 – 18.30: The sidebürns

Timetable saturday:
13.00 – 13.40: Baby Face Nelson
14.10 – 14.50: 40RTY
15.20 – 16.00: CUDA
16.30 – 17.10: Acousta Noir
17.40 – 18.30: The Dad Horse Experience
19.00 – 20.00: Andrew Ellis
20.30 – 21.30: Joe Buck Yourself
22.00 – 23.00: Shawn James and The Shapeshifters
23.30 – 01.00: Carry Nation and The Speakeasy

 

 

Day 3… After The Melvins, Those Poor Bastards and The Hooten Hallers you would think I slept like a baby, but no… Babies don’t drink shine and rhum… My god did I feel awe-full on Sunday morning… The first regret on Sunday was that I missed Julian Davis‘ set, the second was not drinking enough water the day before.
I did get to see The Hardin Draw, and boy where they good. I apologize for only recording one song, I was not doing well…

By the time I got to the main-stage I got some BBQ in me and I was ready to go! I hope you enjoy this video I shot from Brooke Blanche of The Calamity Cubes. The man has a beautiful solo album out. I know I enjoyed listening to him. Oh and I’m sure Billy Cook is some kind of wizard, not only on mandolin, but because almost every time I zoomed in on Brooke my camera would focus on Billy in the corner… Please explain this to the world Billy!

J.D. Wilkes… I know he’s a musical hero for a lot of folks in this “scene”. He sure as hell earned his dues with The Legendary Shackshakers, but also as a solo artist, a film-maker and graphic artist. This show was a treat… He brought a little piano, something we hadn’t seen him doing in all those years and he killed it! And to top it all of he had a star line-up backing him up on stage with Mark Robertson on bass, Julian Davis on guitar (this kid is sixteen years old, can you believe this?) and Michael Oberst from The Tillers on fiddle.

With J.D.’s show done my excitement was reaching it’s top level for Sunday. Our boys in Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy where getting ready to hit the mainstage! If there was one band that I didn’t wanna this day besides Del McCoury it was these guys. In my onion they are one of the most entertaining bands in the modern day roots/punk scene!
With (not so) fresh blood on bass in the form of Dal Bulkleyl from Larry And His Flask and the funniest little Mexican in the world Josue Estrada on trumpet this show could only be out of this world… And it was!!! Enjoy the video folk!
We are very proud to have them headlining our own little Pirate Farm Fest in Belgium july 1st. 2017!!!
(the video stops just before the end, I have no idea what is causing this, I tried to fix it, I think the file is corrupted, I’m sorry)

So where are the rest of the video’s you ask? Well… The hard work during the day, the hard drinking during the night and the little sleep took their toll on my shoulder and rest of my body. We still had two weeks of vacation ahead of us and I was not going to fuck up my shoulder even more. It is in a rough enough shape as it is. I’m this close from surgery, and no video is worth risking that… But that doesn’t say we didn’t see any other bands. The Tillers did a great job as always, Del McCoury just killed it, it was great to see Reverend Peyton again and I still hit myself in the head for missing Bonnie Prince Billy.

Before I end this post there are some folks I need to thank. First things first, Jason Galas and crew, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR DOING THIS!!! You Sir are an inspiration, thank you!!!
My travel buddies, Jo and Kim, Indra and my darling bride Inny. Josh aka Acousta Noir and Cris Bissell for all the hanging out, even the days after the festival. We sure had a blast, didn’t we?!?!
Thank you to all that came, hung-out and shared drinks and stories with us. You know who you are, there are to many to mention… See you all next year!!!

ps. don’t forget to turn on the HD for the video’s

Day two didn’t start slow… That was something new. I held the promise to myself to not get wasted on day one. Good for me! And good for you! If otherwise I would not have being able to film the Rock Bottom String Band. It was the first time for me and I think many others in the field to see this band from Texas on stage and they sure didn’t disappoint!

Modern Primitives where another band on this years bill that was a complete stranger to me. Their dirty garage rock was catchy, maybe a bit out of place (if there is such a thing at Muddy Roots), but I sure enjoyed it.

Like every year there where some bands that I really wanted to see and Smokestack Relics was one of them. These two brothers from Denver kicked the Little Tent stage straight in the butt and everyone bended over for more. Sleazy swamp rock stripped to the bone, I hope these guys come over to Europe real soon.

The Drunken Cuddle, the Drunken “fucking” Cuddle!!! What a feast to see and hear. If only for Katie Marie’s funny faces while going wild behind her drumkit. But we can’t forget Erik, with just a guitar and drums they create a monstrous sound that will appeal to all that like punk, wild roots or whatever. If you love good music, you’ll love The Drunken Cuddle!

Hooray!!! Sailing Ships With Empty Bottles finally got to play Muddy Roots! Better known as S.S. WEB our boys from Milwaukee where more then surprised to see how many fans showed up and sang along with all their songs. As Criss would tell me later, “I’m oblivious about how many people actually like us”. As you can see in the video it wasn’t only the fans that had fun during this set. A big shout out to Guido Greaserag for joining them on bass for a couple songs. I miss his mug on stage…

I think last years show was Dylan Walshe‘s best show I had ever seen him do. So this year he had to do something special to top it, well he didn’t… He was just Dylan Walshe, and that’s all he needs to be, it was what it was, Dylan Walshe… And it was perfect as always!!!

Jayke Orvis‘ return to Muddy Roots was that of a Roman Emperor returning to Rome after a great victory… Glorious, grand and spectacular! He invited a group of friends on stage and that’s all I will write about this, the video speaks for itself. WHIPLASH!!!

After Jayke’s set I was done filming for that day, but Muddy Roots wasn’t, far from it. I missed Joseph Huber and Dex and Crash (I did see Dex the week after in Brooklyn together with JD Wilkes, it was beautiful) because we where hanging with our friends Leni and Shinto from Belgium (if you’re ever around our little country check out their Tattoo shop, Moonshine Tattoo Parlour) who where on their honeymoon with their son Lewis. What a cool kid this is, he’ll be heartbreaker for sure! But I was not going to miss the Melvins. All I can say is this: “it was loud, it was hard and it was FUCKING AWESOME!!!”
And then we still had Those Poor Bastards and The Hooten Hallers to finish us all off. If you where there you know how it was, if you where not… Pfff, your loss! Hahaha!

Stick around for day 3

Read first: Sitting at home working on the video’s you’re about to see I came to the conclusion I’ve reached the edge of what my camera can take, so if some footage isn’t all that in focus, or the focus is not where it should be at some points… Deal with it, we made a trip to the bank for a loan to get new gear, the future will bring you crispy clear image… Oh and don’t forget to turn on the HD in youtube. One more thing, some video’s are a little more shakey then normal, I’m healing from severe shoulder pains, deal with it…

Friday, 2PM, we arrive at the holy grounds a little later then planned and my hearts skips a beat, it does that every year, but this year the skip was more of a “did my heart just stopped?” kinda skip… This year was going to be special, with all the bullshit going on on this ball of dirt we never know if next year is a possibility. I don’t want to get political on this page, but you know what I’m talking about… Just getting out of the car and we run into so many friends, friends we haven’t seen for a year and that’s one thing that makes this festival so special, it’s being a year, but it feels like yesterday….

An hour and a half later we have set up camp and it’s time for our first drink at the cabin, just sit our ass down, have a beer and take it all in. “It’s about to start guys, are you ready for this?”
BLAST OFF! we make our way to the stages and we learn that Lone Wolf aka Bruno Esposito already finished his set, damn, but the hug makes it all good, that and meeting is new pup! On to the Woodstage then for A Pony Named Olga, I’m not familiar with this German band, so I have no idea what to expect. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by their wild punkabilly sound and stage antics.

Trixie Trainwreck was next for us and it was nice to see she teamed up with Charlie Harpoon. If you don’t know Charlie, he’s a grumpy old man from England, but he plays a mean ass harmonica, so that makes it all good… I had never seen Trixie live before, but her dark blues songs really spoke to me, and what a voice this lady has…

Heavy Metal Honky Tonking… Yep, that can only be one band, Whiskey Dick took the stage and destroyed  it! What I love about these guys is the versatility of their songs or songwriting. From a ballad paying tribute to fallen friends to a shredding heavy metal song and each done with so much heart and passion. Thank you guys!
The biggest surprise was Gary Lindsey hopping on stage with him! Bucket-list, CHECK!!!

The open mic stage was back this year, so that means discovering even more new bands and boy did I make a discovery! WT Newton & the Ozark Blood from Chicago, one of the many gems the American underground roots scene  has to offer but that don’t make it out to Europe so easy even with this world wide web thing going on. Thanks Cris Bissell for pushing me to the stage even if it was just so you could be in a video…

Muddy Roots number 5 this was for me and Inny, can you believe I had never seen The Hillbilly Casino play? Sounds crazy, but it’s all true. There was no way in hell I was missing them this year. As the 20 plus minute video will show you I was front and center (left and a little off if you please). If even one of the previous shows was as good as this one, I hang my head in shame for not being there. But this one made it all up and I promise I will never miss a show again!

So people asked me, “Tom why are you so siked about this year’s line-up, it’s always a good line-up?” Because of The Voodoo Glow Skulls!!! That’s why! For me these guys play the same league as Rancid, and Rancid being one of my all-time favorite punk bands, nothing else has to be said…

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club… What is there to say? Besides that they are one of the best live bands in the world? Nothing! Just enjoy the video…

2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the Roadkill Festival in Waarschoot, Belgium. I knew about the festival, but I had never been there. I also knew that in the past they had some fantastic line-ups, this year wasn’t any different. With bands like Honky, Peter Pan Speedrock, The Goddamn Gallows, ANTI-SEEN, Fifty Foot Combo and so many more we where in for a treat.

The first thing that I noticed when we arrived at the festival was the lack of big corporate sponsors, but a real professional setting. The second thing was the layed-backness of the crew working the festival. No over the top security bullshit, no backpack checks, just pay at the door (or pick-up a press-pass, thanks Bert), buy some drinking tickets and have fun! From this moment on I knew we came to the right place and I wondered why we haven’t being coming here before.

We walked in the tent looking for Mikey Classic, we had some shirts to deliver, (pick one up at his solo tour this week!) and something very strange was going on on stage… Bleeding Antlers from the UK where providing the people with a bunch of noise and weird antics… Goat-masks, distorted vocals and shreddin’ guitars. It sounded like a mess, but I was intrigued… I’m waiting for their album to come out before I make up my mind if I like it or not… After this heathen mass Devastatiön from Belgium kicked it off at the outside stage. High speed blackened trash metal would be a good “label” for their music. I normally like this kind of music but I didn’t really pay attention to it, we had people to greet, first beers to drink and set up the camera’s… What I do remember was the vocals, and that I liked them a lot!

The Goddamn Gallows where up next. This would be their second to last show of the tour that took ’em all over Europe in 2 months. They where tired, I could see it in their eyes, but still hungry to make new fans and friends. Hardest working band in showbiz? THESE GUYS! The crowd went nuts!

Garage rock has always been an underground phenomenon, but in Belgium new bands seem to emerge everyday, The Glücks are one of those bands holding the flag high and making sure they make a lasting impression with every show they play. Drums and guitar, that’s it, but the sound they create is the equivalent of ten suicide-bombers going of at once.

HONKY out of Austin, Texas came to Roadkill to provide us with the best Superboogie Rock on the planet. The band has a cult status for a reason and they made that very clear with their show. Groovin’, hardrockin’ madness!!!

If there is one band in the world that punks, metal-heads, psycho-billies, crusties or whatever sub-genre you wish to label yourself with all like the same, it’s Peter Pan Speedrock! Eindhoven’s best export product has toured the planet more then once and are now on their goodbye tour. Nothing on stage indicates this, they are still playing hard as ever, with a huge smile on their face! What a great show it was!

We drove to our B&B in Eeklo while Peter Pan was still playing, we needed some sleep, it had been a long week and a long day, but a good day…

These last two weeks or so I had the pleasure to hang around with Andrew and his lovely wife Mary for a couple of days while they where on tour in Europe. I hooked up with them as much as I could while playing in Belgium because apart from Andrew being a great musician and singer, he and Mary are just fun to hang with! Down to earth, beer drinking, fun loving human-beings! And in the end, that’s what it’s all about. Havin’ fun, making new friends, talk life and be happy with the times you can spend with those you love.

Andrew played “Roots in het Park” in Aarschot July 21st, a little one day free festival, put on by Kurt “Da Bomb” from Rootstown Bookings. In the video you can see some of the songs he played.

Today I went to see his last show of his European tour, and that’s always bitter-sweet. I hate saying good-bye… Don’t be sad, plans are being made for a next tour, and make sure to come and see him on a stage near you.

If you forgot to buy your shirt or cd while you where at one of the shows, or like what you see in the video, contact us. We got some shirts and cd’s to sell. Yes… all money will go back to him, you do know who’s writing this shit don’t you?

photo by Angel Alonzo

East Cameron Folkcore from Austin, Texas are on a two week tour in Europe. I first got to see them at Muddy Roots last year and their performance was so incredible that there was no way I would miss them playing in Europe. There was no date in Belgium, but lucky for me there was one in Aachen, which is only an hour drive from where I live.

I got there early, so I got to hang out with them, talk life, have a drink and do an interview. They played a great show which you can see below. Last year they released “Kingdom of Fear” and for me this is one of the best “indie” albums ever made! Make sure you get your copy…

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