Catbone was established in the San Francisco Bay area years ago by A.J. Rocans. The band has gone through personnel and geographical changes over time. The one constant has been A.J.’s leadership and dedication to playing great blues music.
Recently Catbone has diversified their repertoire to include some great Rockabilly classics. Our style can best be described as Blues-a-billy. Catbone’s music has been described as blues with an edge. Their music choices range from the classic American Chess Records to Sun Records. Chitown meets Memphis with a little British invasion thrown into the mix. Catbone is Blues-a-billy!
They can be hard driving, swinging, jumping or slow and heart breaking. They play a mix of originals and covers of all the great blues and other artists.
A.J. Rocans has been playing guitar for over 4 decades. Being born and raised in the Chicago area his love for all things blues came quite naturally. His quest has led him throughout the United States and Europe. His soulful tone and tasty “licks” lay the foundation for Catbone’s blues on the edge. His vocals are ripped with great emotion and experience.
Johnny Mack has been playing harmonica and singing for as long as he can remember. His harp playing is what gives Catbone their cutting sound. Johnny was born and raised in Southern California. His father gave him a harmonica for Christmas one year and he took to it like a craw fish to boiling water. When Johnny was eleven when his brother brought home The Paul Butterfield Blues Band LP. He was instantly mesmerized by the harmonica playing of Mr. Butterfield. This led him on a journey through the Chess records masters. He has played with numerous bands through the years. His powerful and emotional vocals coupled with his energy and deft harp playing make Catbone’s Blues with an edge.
Lex Blackstun grew up in the same neighborhood as Buddy Holly in Lubbock Texas. Buddy’s parents encouraged all of the local children to play music by inviting them over to their home. At age 11 Lex was hooked on playing guitar. Mr. Holly even allowed Lex to play Buddy’s Gibson J-45. Lex’s musical travels have led him throughout the western states and Canada playing for a variety of different bands and musical styles. He has opened for the likes of Elvin Bishop, Doug Engle and Ronnie Hawkins to name a few. He landed in the Bullhead City area in 1988. Most recently he has played with the bluegrass band Grassfire and the popular cover band DoubleXXCross. Lex’s steady hand, great sense of rhythm and soulful vocals give Catbone their drive.
Kenny Mohs lays down the heartbeat to Catbone’s diverse blues repertoire. From swings and shuffles, to laid back or driving, his years of live and session drumming can be heard. His timing and meter are spot on. Vocals, whether singing harmony or lead are moving.
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