Big Boy Bloaters Journey to Luxury Hobo Blues
BD: Thanks, Big Boy Bloater for taking the time to chat with Bluesdoodles today. I was amazed that nearly a year has gone by since I reviewed your excellent album Luxury Hobo. Before we talk about the tour let’s start with the album. Review can be found HERE
BD: You have been quite open that the inspiration behind Luxury Hobo was your personal journey with depression
BBB: Think I had come through all the bad places and was in a good place when I was writing for the album, I had been down at the bottom but now in a good place looking back that is the inspiration for many of the lyrics and melody.
Sitting down, a good song may be grungy but not so grungy that it is hard to pick out the melody. It is the melody that attracts and makes people go back to a song and listen again.
BD: The title is intriguing title life of a Hobo is not normally associated with luxury!
BBB: It is a comment on the current way many of us live. Constantly on the move but wanting luxury. We definitely move around more from place to place; yes we travel but we want to surround ourselves with comfort, glitz and definitely luxury. Deep down we can’t have both.
BD: The video for It Came Out Of The Swamp was definitely attention grabbing how did you come up with the idea of using Lego building blocks?
BBB: Part of coming out of the Breakdown was stock animation as a hobby to keep my mind busy. I would grab a bag of Lego out of the loft and build, photograph and animate. Around this time Lego brought out the ‘swamp monster’ set so it was the perfect combination Lego and myself were in harmony and the video was born. Yes, it has had and continues to attract positive attention.
BD: Do you have a favourite/ special track on the album? And why?
Truly, I love all the tracks but it is the title track Luxury Hobo Blues that is most personal. It is semi-autobiographical I have traveled a lot with my music. It is about keep taking the tablets and moving on. Playing music has taken me all over the world it has been fantastic. The experiences have been good and bad. From travelling first class to being in the back of a transit.
BD: What were your first musical influences growing up
Mostly from my Dad’s records of from the 1950’s/60’s lots of rock n’ roll started me down the road of exploring the blues. At the end of the 70’s/ beginning of the 80’s lot s of the old bluesmen were travelling around Slim Gaillard and others. I love the way that the blues does not have to be played perfectly, not in tune these are the bits that give the blues character and flavour. John Lee Hooker listen to him, they are great songs, analyse the music and they are not that good but the feel and emotion makes his blues special.
BD: 2017 starts with you touring including a festival. Do you enjoy playing your music live.
BBD: I love playing my music live, and tracks from Luxury Hobo work so well live. Looking forward to getting on stage meeting people early 2017 and the April HRH Blues Festival in Sheffield. Not played there since the first one in Wales so looking forward to it. I do have some new music as it has been an eventful year and may even sneak a couple in at the live shows. There is definitely lots of life left in the album and I am chomping at the bit to get out there and deliver the songs live on stage. I know that people love to see something a bit different when a tune is performed live. It is always a highlight for them if they notice the band are giving each other that look when the music has taken them to a different place and we have to pull something special out of the bag to get back on track. It is good that little bit of living and playing dangerously. I remember once at The 100 club, I broke a string, something that rarely happens to me. I had no spare guitar so had to replace the string on stage whilst continuing to sing. That is live music as it happens you just have to be there to experience those moments.
BD: What other plans do you have for 2017?
BBD: Following on from the early run of dates will be doing festivals through the summer and a more extensive autumn tour is being organised in the UK and Europe so keep checking out the website. I am writing new music and hope to get back in the studio for the next Big Boy Bloater album.
BD: If you were putting together the perfect band with members from across the years (dead or alive) who would you have playing
Drums: Earl Palmer
Bass: Willie Dixon
Guitar: Myself (it will be such fun to play with these guys)
Keys: Ike Turner
Vocals: Howlin’ Wolf
This is a super group it will be so much fun to play with these guys. How long it will last before a fight not so sure. Be great music but probably a short-lived group!
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs
Announce UK Tour Dates
Tickets available: HERE
28th January – The Anvil, Basingstoke: BBB’s Lonely Blues Show
23rd February – Fat Lil’s, Oxford
17th March – The Railway, Winchester w/ Jack J Hutchinson
18th March – The Freebird, Newcastle-Under-Lyme
19th March – THE 100 CLUB, LONDON w/Jack J Hutchinson & DJ Jim Jones
16th April – HRH Blues Fest, O2 Academy Sheffield
28th April – VHRA Vintage Nationals, Santa Pod Raceway, Northamptonshire