Interview with Bosley
- by Dawn Reed (Photo by Olivia Obineme)
The Deli: How did the band start?
Bosley: The current incarnation of 'The Beautiful Band' (as they're calling themselves now) was brought together by Divine Intervention. I had spent a few years kicking around the Baltimore Music Scene as a drunk who played music sometimes, gigging occasionally with anybody who'd put up with me. I got with a few members of the Bellevederes and wrote and recorded the songs which ended up on Honey Pig. Somewhere during that time I realized I needed a proper band of my own and put some fliers up around the local colleges, you know "Soul Singer Seeks Young Twenty-Somethings with Nothing to Lose," but I never heard anything and meanwhile I kept wearing out my welcome with the Belles for a few more months. Finally they'd had enough of me and quit on the same day. So there I was with a critically acclaimed debut album and no band to play it. How dark it is before the dawn! Then the miracle happened: The day after, no joke literally the day after, I get an email from this guitar player named Will "Led Willy" Lederer who's graduating from College with a music degree. His email says, only this "Hey I saw your flier; I play guitar. I like Curtis Mayfield." I hired him on the spot (what else could I do?) Will was a bluesman hailing from England and had been playing with a funk trio at school; he introduced me to a punk bassist turned Jazz cat, Chris "Gravy" Taylor and a Jazz drummer turned funkmaster Jake "The Sauce" Marinari. So suddenly, I had an extremely funky albeit unorthodox rhythm section. The boys suggested two friends as female vocalists who turned out to be the beautiful and talented, Caitlin 'Lil' Ceez' Donahue and Sesha "Real Talk" Shapero The horn section is helmed by my long lost friend Ben Bor aka."Big Smoov" with whom I reconnected on the whim of a mutual friend the same week. Smoov introduced us to Erik 'Prime Time' Pearson on the trumpet. I could never have predicted how it would work out, but once all the pieces were in place the magic and potential were undeniable. Now we're like a family.
What are your biggest musical influences?
I'm assuming you want people here not "Sunsets!" Or "Coffee!" Well... Elvis was pretty much the beginning and end for me when I discovered him at age 6. That just rocked my whole world, then Motown Harmonies, the Beatles. Tom Waits, JDilla and everyone between.
What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
I'm a binge listener; If I like something, I'll grind it into dust for like two straight months on repeat til I"m sick and crazy and can't touch it again. The most recent (and a slightly silly) example of this was Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, However, you caught me on a rare week when I'm actually rediscovering some old crates --usually the answer would be 'Me, myself, Bosley,' but the stack I just pulled includes the follwing: De La Soul, Tom Waits, BIg Star, Panda Bear, Beastie Boys, Lee Konitz, Knox Harrington, Dan Penn, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Hack, Martin Sexton, and JayDee is alway in the mix. Always.
What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
Oooh. Yes! the first concert I ever went to was John Fucking Denver. That's right. My mom took me. I was 8. I don't care if it sounds lame; It ruled. And The Denv shredded on like 7 instruments that night, no Olivia Newton John though unfortunately. However, I believe it's also worth mentioning that the first concert I ever autonomously purchased tickets for and attended by myself was Cyprus Hill, age 13. The first album I ever bought was Elvis Presley. I know that for a fact. I remember it like it was yesterday and I still have the CD; it's a greatest hits with a red cover, young Elvis, handsome Elvis, not Aloha from who gives a shit, fried peanut butter banana, shaking hands with Nixon Elvis.
What do you love about Baltimore's music scene?
NO FANS LIKE BOS FANS!
What would you like to see change in the local music scene?
We need like a really bitchin', comfortable, clean, and conveniently situated mid-sized venue; a room that sounds good with like 500-800 capacity.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
Holy Shit my new album drops in March! It's called "The Dirty Dogs Radio Show" and it's gonna be fucking rad! After that, dunno. Global Takeover I guess.
What was your most memorable live show?
We once played at 11am in a ballroom at the Four Seasons to an audience of 200 people taking a yoga class. Bizarre.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
Jeffrey Chappelle is a music teacher at Goucher who's mentored nearly everyone in the band musically and spiritually.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?
Roxanne - my red 1962 Silvertone Hollowbody. She's my baby.