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2022 Release

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2022 Release

The Boneshakers

Unmastered rough mixes of The Boneshakers ft. Jenny Langer 
Working Album Titles: "One Foot in the Groove" 
Produced by John Wooler
Recorded at Steakhouse Studios (Los Angeles, CA)
Special guests: Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones, Karl Denson), The Texacali Horns (Joe Sublett & Mark Pender), Coco Montoya, Sir Harry Bowens


June 2nd, 2022



Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Band’s First Album, A Collection Of Songs Featuring a Newly Discovered Vocalist Marks A Return To The Boneshakers Soulful Blues and Funk Roots.


With Special Appearances By Bernard Fowler (The Rolling Stones), Coco Montoya, and The Texacali Horns.


Los Angeles, CA – The Boneshakers will release their 9th album One Foot In the Groove on September 30, 2022. Released via Take It To The Bridge Records, this 10-song album of new music and carefully selected covers is their first since 2006’s Put Some Booty On It, Vol 2. (In the interim, they released four award winning albums with saxophone queen Mindi Abair.)


One Foot In the Groove features the single “Let’s Spend the Night Together”, a blues twist on the Rolling Stones classic. This new album marks the return of The Boneshakers to their roots of no holds barred funk, blues, and rock that marries the sounds and spirits of Detroit Rock City, Memphis, and Mussel Shoals.


In their remarkable 25 years, the iconic band has always been lead by world-renowned guitarist Randy Jacobs of Was (Not Was). The Boneshakers and members have toured and recorded with Bonnie Raitt, BB King, Keb Mo, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Bootsy Collins, Tears 4 Fears, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and Iggy Pop…just to name a few. They have built a substantial following among blues, jazz, and funk audiences with their powerhouse style.


“This album brings us full circle. Produced by John Wooler, who originally signed The Boneshakers to Point Blank/Virgin Records in 1997, it gives nod to our original vision while at the same time beginning a brand new era. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate 25 years.”– Randy Jacobs


To support the new release, the band will be touring for select dates in the USA and UK in the Fall and early Winter of 2022.



1. Mr. Alice

2. Let’s Spend the Night Together

3. I Am the Blues

4. Ain’t Got the Fever No More

5. Big Legged Man  

6. One Foot In the Groove

7. I Forgot To Be Your Lover ft. Bernard Fowler 

8. Ice Cream and Cigarettes

9. More More More

10. Powerful Notions



Flashback to 1980 — During his maiden session for Don and David Was, Randy Jacobs meets Sweetpea Atkinson on a cold night in the Motor City at Sound Suite Studio (the recording home of the fledgling band Was (Not Was). The connection was immediate and a bond was forged between the two artists. Their combined talents would help Was (Not Was) become a successful act during the 80’s and into the early 90’s cumulating with the worldwide hit “Walk The Dinosaur” co-written by Jacobs.


After their European tour with Dire Straits in 1992, the Was Band went on hiatus and Randy started playing and recording with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, BB King, Seal, Paula Abdul, Kris Kristofferson, Ofra Haza, Tears For Fears, Warren Hill and others. Sweetpea was in Los Angeles adding background vocals to artists like Neil Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, and Bob Segar. Randy had been working with various singers looking for the right voice for his new band when Atkinson called to say that he wanted to be part of Randy’s brand new thing-- and so the journey began.


It was Bonnie Raitt who inadvertently gave them their name “Boneshakers” while they were working on her “Longing In Our Hearts” CD. In 1996, the two were signed to Pointblank/Virgin Records and produced two CDs for the label: “Book Of Spells” (1997) which included Randy’s rockin' swing arrangement of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” and the powerful “Shake The Planet” (1998). When Sweetpea stepped away to tour with Lyle Lovett, The Boneshakers released "Pouring Gasoline" (2001) on Bad Monkey Recordings label featuring Austin, Texas singer Malford Milligan (Storyville, Double Trouble) and the live in concert “Put Some Booty On It, Vol 1” (2002).


While working together on a session for former band mate producer Don Was, fate stepped in to reunite and bring Sweetpea back to the Boneshakers. They released “Put Some Booty On It , Vol 2″(2006) featuring their first live performance in San Francisco from 1997. In 2017, Sweetpea released his solo CD produced by Keb Mo.


Additionally, the band joined forces with sax queen Mindi Abair and released Live in Seattle on Concord Records. In 2018, Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers won 8 Independent Blues Awards including Artist of the Year, and an Independent Music Award for Best Blues Song Fan Award for “Pretty Good For A Girl” featuring Joe Bonamassa. They won the 2019 LA Critics Award for Best Holiday Album for All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues.


In 2020, the band suffered an unimaginable loss with news of the passing of Sweetpea.


THE LEGACY CONTINUES Now in 2022, as The Boneshakers celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first release, a new energy and excitement has emerged. Producer John Wooler, who originally signed The Boneshakers in 1997, connected Randy and the incredible Jenny Langer- a powerhouse singer who was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (NYC and VA) at the age of 28 and won the 2020 Int’l Blues Challenge for Best Self Produced Album. What started as a few tracks for her project quickly morphed in a new album with The Boneshakers featuring no-holds-barred funk, blues, and rock that marries the sounds and spirits of Detroit Rock City, Memphis, and Mussel Shoals.


Produced by Wooler, it is back to the original vision of The Boneshakers fiery sound, with the vocal dynamo Jenny Langer behind the mic and original musicians from “The Book Of Spells” Sergio Gonzales (Drums), Nathan Brown (Bass), Jon Gilutin (Keys), The Texacali Horns (Joe Sublett, Mark Pender, and Randy’s former band mate from Was (Not Was) Sir Harry Bowens on vocals.



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