2:45 p.m. • May 23 • Indiana, PA • Free Admission
Black Cat Moan has coined the phrase “New Vintage Blues” to describe their music: a modern blues sound that looks to the source of early recorded blues, like Robert Johnson, for inspiration.
“Black Cat Moan pays homage to the era of blues that birthed its honored child, jazz, and its bastard son, rock and roll,” says one Pennsylvania music critic. The band encompasses the best of several eras through its three members talented musicianship and varied backgrounds.
George Byich’s style harkens back to what is referred to as country blues, most representational of the early 1900s to the 1930s. The recognizable slide guitar of delta blues and the finger picking of Mississippi John Hurt can be heard in St. George’s performances.
Zach Bodoloski’s talents evoke the first child of the blues, with jazz being his biggest influence. A second generation jazz drummer, his style harkens back to the 1920s through the 1950s, so you’ll be sure to hear some rockabilly licks as well.
T.K. Mundok’s vocal styling recognizes the later off-spring, like soul and rock ‘n’roll, from the sounds of the 1950s and 1960s. Artists like Etta James and Jim Morrison have paved the way for a musician like T.K., allowing him to trill and groan through their songs.
These three gentlemen have brought together audiences of many different ages and backgrounds. They play regularly at the Blues Gathering held in the Venue of Merging Arts, and have begun to garner a following throughout many southwestern Pennsylvania venues as well as regional jazz, blues, and folk festivals. Most notably Black Cat Moan opened the Ameriserv Flood City Music Festival in both 2013 and 2014, as well as opening for legendary blues artist Billy Price.
Noting a void among today’s standard blues bands, this trio of musicians came together to play music that harkens back to early folk field recordings, and to the kings of Chess Records. Black Cat Moan does not mimic other artists of that era, but instead brings a new vibe to a classic art form.