The Bootlegs recently rocked the Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Many thanks to Fluff Chick for hooking up the show. You can hear a bootleg recording of the funky mayhem right here: Bootleg – Live at the Local 506!
Carphone and I have successfully auditioned as the singer and bass player of the Bootlegs, a Durham-based soul band. Rehearsals begin tomorrow featuring songs by Aretha, Ike and Tina, and the JB’s. For this outing, I have rebuilt my bass with a 1975 Fender Precision maple neck and electronics, an 80’s tortoise shell pickguard, a heavy brass Fender Precision Special bridge, and a richly scuffed and patina’d black body of indeterminate vintage. The Ampeg SVT-350 powers the whole thing.
This started out as a butt-ugly, standard-issue importo Fender Telecaster that wound up in my studio. It has been transformed into a luminous gilded beauty with brass leaf, toned to make the guitar appear as though it were cast from a block of gold.