See new interview abou us and new CD Cougar Bait Blues, which is already on Blues radio from here to Australia
Who’s The Wildcat O’Halloran Band? How you guys all met? I’ve been playing as Wildcat since the 80’s, but had pretty much stopped until I met Nate (Lightning Boy) Dana at a benefit for a local clubowner who had died in a car crash (coincidentally at the Harp, home of the now-famous Harp Girls). Turned out he was playing in a rock band with a local bassist (Steve Toutant) who had been with one of my local blues rivals for years. We brought in John Coelho on drums ( who had also played the benefit) and were off to the races. After we got too busy for John and Steve, we brought in new blood, including Matt (Loverboy) McManamon. Dana Tolman is our current drummer.
What’s the meaning behind the band’s name? It means I was tired of being “Wild Bill”
How would you describe your sound? We’re “Not your father’s Blues Band!” Tight arrangements, high energy guitar, uptempo, fun, funny songs!
What are your music influences? Allman Bros. (we opened for Greg here), Buddy Guy, Albert King, James Cotton (we were his backing band during one visit to N.E., People bring up Stevie Ray Vaughn a lot
Cougar Bait Blues. How was the recording and writing process for this album? How you guys came out with the title? Any release date yet? We were on a Boston radio show, and they kept advertising this young band, Cougar Bait. My guys couldn’t stop laughing at the name….so I emailed them and asked “If I write a Cougar Bait song, will you guys sing on it?” They looked up my music online and dug it, and away we went. CD is out, available on CDBaby, Itunes,Amazon, etc…. can click on an icon at www.wildcatohalloran.com. We recorded at Northfire Studios, a state-of-the-art new studio in Amherst, with MANY,MANY special guests (actually Cougar Bait recorded at their own studio and we mixed them in at Northfire. We work really fast in the studio, most of the basic tracks done the first day…actually, on the previous CD, I didn’t schedule enough stuff for the first day and we quit early….with basics, my solos, my vocals, and one backup vocalist all done…THAT was SERIOUSLY quick!!
What has been the funniest moment you guys have been or took part while touring? Well, there was that girl in Montague with the electrified bra….
Are there any more plans for the future? If CD builds on the reception of previous (Drinkin’ With The Harp Girls…was on 200+ stations), would like to move up to festival work…maybe a live album this year
What’s your method at the time of writing a song? Like the great Motown writers, I like to start with a catchy title, and then tell the story it suggests to me…like I worship The Ground She Walks All Over Me On, for example, or All I Want For Xmas is a Divorce (my wife’s favorite tune…..hmm)
Do you guys feel you are moving on the right direction? Just scratching the surface musically, Lightning Boy and I are developing something approaching ESP (or at least ESPN), bass and drums rockin’ every house they visit…add awesome guests and Harp Girls (who have a brilliant “show sense” of what to add). But, in a down economy, we’re gonna need to catch the attention of someone who can give us a boost….Bruce Iglauer of Alligator says he might pitch a song or two to his artists….maybe someone you know loves Blues?