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The Bootstrap Boys are a four-piece country band who have developed a fresh take on the classic country sound. Their original songs might bring to mind the likes of Waylon Jennings, George Jones, or Johnny Cash. More than once The Boys have been compared to contemporary country acts such as Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapelton and other artists who have embraced the return of the country sound of the past.
Based in Grand Rapids, MI, The Bootstrap Boys have developed a unique sound that is less influenced by the contemporary “Nashville” stylings, instead their original tunes take their ... cues from that particular mix of country and gospel found in the small churches of rural Michigan, spiced with the redneck flavor of the small town honky tonks of the Midwest. While tunes about whiskey shots and getting stoned have landed The Boys with the brand “outlaw”, there’s more to their music to be found. There’s no shortage of thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics written by lead singer, Big Jake Bootstrap.
Big Jake started with the simple idea of getting back to his roots and making a country album after several rock & roll and singer/songwriter style projects in the late ‘90s through 2015, when he approached some old friends about forming a band around the project and in 2015 The Bootstrap Boys were born. The Bootstrap Boys are: Big Jake Bootstrap, Nicky Bootstrap, Clyde Bootstrap, and Jeff Bootstrap. Their manager, personal chef, and spiritual adviser is Li’l Mama Bootstrap.
Starting with the old cowboy and traditional tunes made famous by acts such as Sons of the Pioneers or the Carter Family, The Boys developed a style embracing simple, solid musicianship with rich, four-part harmonies and rounded out with twangy electric guitar riffs and a very memorable performance style. It didn’t take much time to work out five original songs and in late 2015, Country Songs for Sale, The Bootstrap Boys first EP, was released. The Boys hit the ground running, bought a classic Chevy Rockwood RV (affectionately dubbed The Delta Dawn), and started ramblin’ all around the Midwest and beyond.
The Bootstrap Boys have had toes tappin’ and boots stompin’ in places as far flung as Nashville, TN clear up to the tip-top of the country in beautiful Copper Harbor, MI, making friends everywhere they go.
In 2016, ten more original songs were ready for the studio. The Boys recorded their first full length album, titled All Boots Aboard, in December 2016. They were honored to be nominated and win the award for Best Roots/Revival Album of the Year at the WYCE Jammies. In early 2017, The Boys played with the likes of classic purveyor of Juke Joint Swing, Wayne “The Train” Hancock” and Nashville darling Nora Jane Struthers, as well as having the pleasure of opening for another player in the “new outlaw” pantheon, Shooter Jennings. To round out 2017, they were asked to perform at Wheatland Music Festival, a long time bucketlist performance for them, they were lucky enough to play to a packed house (tent) that night.
The Bootstrap Boys are a fully independent band with a special talent for, of course, pulling themselves up by the bootstraps.
160 Acres - Marty Robbins
25 Minutes to Go - Johnny Cash
Amazing Grace - Traditional
Ball and Chain - Social Distortion
Big Iron - Marty Robbins
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
Blitzkreig Bop - The Ramones
Believe - Cher
Cocaine Blues - Johnny Cash
Cool Water - Marty Robbins, Sons of the Pioneers
Danger Zone - Kenny Loggins
Dark as a Dungeon - Johnny Cash
Delia Gone - Traditional, Johnny Cash
Delta Dawn - Tanya Tucker
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Down By The Riverside - Traditional
Diamond Joe - Ramblin’ Jack Eliott
Don’t Bogart That Joint - Little Feat
Dream - The Cranber ... ries
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Eastbound & Down - Jerry Reed
Easy Like Sunday Morning - Lionel Richie
Fixin’ To Die Rag - Country Joe & The Fish
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
For What It’s Worth - Dusty Springfield
Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
Give My Love to Rose - Johnny Cash
Golden Girls Theme Song
Ghost Riders in the Sky - Traditional, Johnny Cash
God, Your Mama, and Me - Flordia/Georgia Line
Handsome Johnny - Richie Havens
He’s In The Jailhouse Now - O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack
Highwayman - The Highwaymen
Honky Tonk Man - Johnny Horton/Dwight Yokam
Honky Tonk Blues - Hank Williams Sr.
House of the Rising Sun - Traditional/The Animals
Hound Dog - Elvis/Big Mama Thornton
I'm On Fire - Bruce Spingsteen
I Put a Spell on You - Creedence Clearwater Revival/Screaming Jay Hawkins
I Still Miss Someone - Johnny Cash
It Ain’t Me Babe - Bob Dylan
King of the Road - Roger Miller
Long Black Veil - Johnny Cash, The Band
Long Gone Lonesome Blues - Hank Williams Sr.
Luckenbach, TX - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson
Man of Constant Sorrow - O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack
Miss Ohio - Gillian Welch
Muddy Water - Stonewall Jackson/Elvis Presley
Move It On Over - Hank Williams Sr.
Miner’s Prayer - Dwight Yokam
North To Alaska - Johny Horton
One Toke Over the Line - Brewer & Shipley
Operator - Grateful Dead
Only Daddy (That’ll Walk the Line) - Waylon Jennings
Orange Blossom Special - Johnny Cash
Proud Mary - Tina Turner/Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ready If You’re Willing - Johnny Horton
Reefer Man - Cab Calloway
Ruby - Kenny Rogers
Runnin’ Down A Dream - Tom Petty
Saturday In The Park - Chicago
Seeds & Stems - Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen
Shanty - Jonathan Williams
Silver Stallion - The Highwaymen
Six Days on the Road - Dave Dudley/Sawyer Brown/Steve Earl
Stickshifts & Safetybelts - Cake
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
The Weight - The Band
Tennessee Flat Top Box - Johnny Cash
Tennessee Whiskey - David Alan Coe/Chris Stapleton
This Land is My Land - Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie
Train Train - Blackfoot
Unknown Legend - Neil Young
Up In Smoke - Cheech & Chong
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
Whiskey Bent and Hellbound - Hank Williams Jr.
Whiskey River - Willie Nelson
White Lightning - George Jones
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harem
Who’ll Stop the Rain - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wildwood Flower - The Carter Family
Working Man’s Blues - Merle Haggard
You Never Even Call Me By My Name - David Allen Coe/Steve Goodman
Monster Mash - Bobby Pickett
Little Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Run, Rudolph, Run
Original Music here: https://thebootstrapboys.bandcamp.com/
The Bootstrap Boys are a four-piece country band who have developed a fresh take on the classic country sound. Based in Grand Rapids, MI, The Bootstrap Boys have worked out a unique sound that is less influenced by the contemporary “Nashville” country stylings, instead their original tunes take their cues from that particular mix of country and gospel found in the small churches of rural Michigan, spiced with the redneck flavor of the small town honky tonks of the Midwest. While tunes about whiskey shots and getting stoned have landed The Boys with the brand “outlaw”, there’s more t
... o their music to be found. There’s no shortage of thoughtful, well-crafted lyrics, twangy guitar riffs, and steady rhythms to keep your boots tappin’ and heart happy.
The Bootstrap Boys are: Big Jake Bootstrap, Nicky Bootstrap, Clyde Bootstrap, and Jeff Bootstrap. Their manager, personal chef, and spiritual advisor is Li’l Mama Bootstrap. They ramble the countryside in their classic Chevy Rockwood RV, affectionately dubbed The Delta Dawn, making friends all along the way.
The Bootstrap Boys first EP, Country Songs for Sale, was released in October 2015. Their Jammy award winning full-length album, All Boots Aboard, was released in December 2016. The Boys are currently working on two studio projects to be released in early 2018.
The Bootstrap Boys are a fully independent band with a special talent for, of course, pulling themselves up by the Bootstraps.
The Bootstrap Boys have been together and touring since 2015. They have played in many different situations and have a reputation for being professional and timely and take pride in delivering the kind of show the audience wants to see no matter what the situation.
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