In 1972 in Woodstock New York, four teenage white boys with fake I.D.’s started packing area clubs with their ferocious approach to the blues. And the Kane Bros. Blues Band was born. Soon enough they were opening concerts for blues royalty including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and James Cotton, who bestowed high praise and encouragement upon the beardless lads, calling singer/harmonica player Anthony Kane “One of the best.” The Kane Bros. Blues Band toured relentlessly, from Boston to NYC, where they made their way to the fabled stage at CBGB. As punk rock took its baby steps (1975-76) the Kane Bros. stripped down, full throttle blues fit snugly into the evolving punk aesthetic.
But boys will be boys and so they broke up in 1977. This sent drummer Jonathan Kane to NYC to co-found the legendary industrial rock band Swans. He then went on to tour internationally and play on more than 40 records, including a 3 hour non-stop blues with minimalist godfather La Monte Young’s ‘Forever Bad Blues Band’, and with overtone guitar innovator Rhys Chatham, whose 100 electric guitar orchestra features Kane as the only drummer. Jonathan also plays with ex-Captain Beefheart guitarist Gary Lucas, The Kropotkins with Velvet Underground’s Moe Tucker, Elliott Sharp, John Zorn, Jean-Francois Pauvros and Ernie Brooks. Singer and harmonica player Anthony Kane went west to Chicago and quickly became a fixture on the windy city’s fertile blues scene, working with Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Luther Tucker, Sam Lay and many others. Guitarist and singer Josh Colow enjoyed a string of #1 dance hits in Europe, and then went back to Woodstock to work with such greats as The Band, Rick Danko and David Torn.
After their end of the century carousing, the Kane Bros. Blues Band reformed in 2002. Thirty years wiser and not at all wizened, their sound is even harder than before. No fat. Just fierce, uncompromising music by five players who have been around the block. Laying it down in relentless pursuit of the perfect shuffle. In clubs and on festival stages from NYC to Palermo, Sicily the Kane Bros. Blues Band are back in business, and their business is hardcore blues.
At the BearsvilleTheater, The Kane Bros. band:
Anthony Kane - Lead Singer, Harmonica
Josh Colow - Lead Guitar
Tim Cothren- Rhythm Guitar
Admir Hadzic - Bass
Jonathan Kane - Drums