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Bad Machine

by Michael Katon

High energy, guitar heavy, Detroit blues/rock and boogie.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. American McMofo
4:10 $0.99
2. Rock'N'Roll,Whiskey,Blood'N'Guts
4:01 $0.99
3. The Pierced,Tattooed and Twenty Somethin' Boogie
3:58 $0.99
4. Bad Machine
4:22 $0.99
5. Sugar Pie
3:42 $0.99
6. Red Moon Risin'
5:16 $0.99
7. Wild Ass
3:18 $0.99
8. The Lost T.V. Clicker Blues
6:23 $0.99
9. Lowdown In Swamptown
6:18 $0.99
10. Boogiefied
6:24 $0.99
11. The Detroit River Dirty Blues
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michael Katon is the heaviest practitioner of true American roadhouse rock'n'roll and blues working today. His sound is raw, mean and spirited, combining lowdown blues and boogie with the amped-up approach of the highest energy rock'n'roll band you'd care to name. Katon's guitar playing is informed with the nastiest and tastiest tones imaginable with torrential slide work and astonishing string bending capabilities. His relentless energy and dedication to pouring every ounce of soul into the music is perhaps best described by an astounded fellow guitarist who said, "Katon won't stop beating on a guitar until he's squeezed every last thing he can possibly get out of it. That guitar is glad to go back in the case at the end of the night, believe me."

The first time I saw Michael Katon playing,he was blowing the roof off of some unnamed dump in the middle of Nowhere, Ohio,
shaking the walls down with a wild ass sound. Armed with a wall of Super Reverbs with a Strat plugged into 'em that was soaked in sweat and beer with the bridge rusted into place, he was playing with the kind of fervor that only a musician,a true road dog, can put into it. When music is your passion, it becomes part of your fiber and being, you realize that you're married to it, and you put everything real that's inside of you inside of it and you'll play no matter where, no matter
Maybe that's why Michael Katon impressed me so much that first night. Here was a guy, playin' to a handful of nobody specials in a place the size of a phone booth and he was goin' at it like he was killin' rattlesnakes. He was up there on that postage stamp sized stage, the personification of hillbilly detachment cool, channeling equal parts Lightnin'Hopkins, Albert King,and Paul Burlison, while laying it down like he was knockin'' it out with big stage presence for the festival crowd.
Soon after that night his debut album 'Boogie All Over Your Head' was released to international raves, and Katon has hardly had time to look back. European tours to ecstatic audiences have regularly been the norm since that album's foreign release in 1984. A quick look through his gig itinerary finds Katon's no holds barred style equally at home in a variety of settings; sharing international music festival stages with the likes of ZZ TOP and Iggy Pop to blues fests with Junior Wells and Son Seals, or an intimate late night jam with Buddy Guy. No matter what the setting, Katon finds his true audience.

As the 80s moved into the next decade one Michael Katon album flowed after another, all of them preaching his roadhouse manifest; 'Proud To Be Loud,' 'Get On The Boogie Train,' 'Rip It Hard,' 'Rub,' 'Bustin' Up The Joint' and 'The Rage Called Rock'n'Roll'are all part and parcel of a musician whose raw,wild and inflammatory style is all of one piece.--- Cub Koda
Now as we head into the 21st century Michael Katon invites you to fire up your 'Bad Machine' and head out to the roadhouse,the party is just starting............



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Dave "DocBluez" Ruthenberg

A choice, prime cut of rockin’ boogie!
Michael Katon’s latest release should provide solace to his loyal legion of followers who feared that he had lost his edge with his last release, The Rage Called Rock n Roll. It wasn’t that Rage was a bad album, but that it seemed out of character for the man dubbed the “Boogie Man From Hell” with tame material and mellow ballads. Truth was, Katon was not up to par physically during the recording of Rage and that influenced his songwriting and recording. With Bad Machine, it is pretty clear that Katon is back with a vengeance. Now, to be honest, Katon’s music has always had the subtlety of a ballpeen hammer, but, that also is part of the charm of Katon’s flat out, guitar driven boogie. Katon’s music works best in a sweat filled, beer soaked club with some barbecue on the side. Katon plays hard driving boogie for a hard partying crowd.

Katon truly delivers the goods on Bad Machine. In fact, Katon captures the spirit of his music quite succinctly in the track Rock ‘n’ Roll, Whiskey, Blood ‘n’ Guts, a foot stomping opus that has Katon pulling off some of the finest guitar riffs this side of Hendrix. Katon wrings every note he can squeeze out of his Stratocaster. The title track harkens back to the glory days of street rods, with lyrics that even thumb their nose at convention (“burning gasoline and rubber, streaming smoke in the air, the EPA don’t like it, my bad machine don’t care”) with a bit of humor thrown in. Katon still has his blues chops down cold as well. The Lost TV Clicker Blues is not only a hoot, it is rockin’ blues nirvana. Besides, what guy out there can’t relate to those terrifying moments when it appears that your TV clicker has gone AWOL? With lean production values that are focused on musicianship as opposed to studio-enhanced chicanery, Bad Machine brings forth memories of the early ZZ Top sound when their music was as honest as a Texas sundown. Katon’s guitar mastery is allowed to shine through time and again as he has produced a choice, prime cut of rockin’ boogie. Our advice is simple: Jump on that Boogie Train and get boogiefied dammit!

Phil Klink

Katon is back with a vengeance on BAD MACHINE
3.5 EYES

A return to form for the man from Hell ( Hell, Michigan, that is) that should lay to rest any suspicians that Katon has mellowed out after his last, more diverse offering" THE RAGE CALLED ROCK AND ROLL". And although i personally liked "RAGE", this is more what fans expect from Michael.....simple,honest,barroom boogie and blues, played with conviction and and in yer face guitar histrionics....and BAD MACHINE delivers.and then some! Drop the needle on RED MOON RISIN' for 5 minutes of everything Katon does best, growling vocals, Strat abuse,and some lowdown bottleneck Gittar! Michaels sense of humour is still intact on the " LOST TV CLICKER BLUES" and gives us his thoughts on the backwards baseball hat generation with " THE PIERCED,TATTOOED AND TWENTY-SOMETHING BOOGIE". Hey, we all know that this sort of roadhouse demolition has remained basically unchanged since CACTUS and HUMBLE PIE and their brethren abused amplifiers and various substances back in the day, but, as the faithful know, it aint what ya play, it's how you play it, and Mike lives for this music, with the chops of a guitarist that has spent more time in smoky bars than at home, and a guitar tone that has Strat owners scratching their heads, this is the real deal. Mike goes to Europe to play the Sweden Rock Fest in a few weeks--and there's a reason they sandwiched him between Motorhead and Ted Nugent! Crack open a cold one and annoy the neighbors with BAD MACHINE, and enjoy the ride!

Perry Stockbridge

Rock the house down
After years of producing "DIY" projects, Katon finally strikes a balance between the lo-fi recordings of his past releases and the overly produced "Rage" CD that had most of his hard-core fans scratching their heads.
Michael has wisely kept overdubs to a minimum allowing the his guitar tones to come through and the other instruments to sound natural and unprocessed. The result is an "in the room" quality that lends itself to this type of guitar driven blues-rock.
And it's a good thing too because the guitar playing on this disc is superb. It's obvious Katon has cut his teeth on the masters of this genre, borrowing licks and tricks without sounding derivative or cliched.
With a little rhythmic assist from drummers Jon Eppinga and Donn Deniston, Michael Katon, already a favorite in Europe and the UK, has conjured up a disc that may finally enable him to reach an American audience.
Buy this CD, grab a cold beer and a hot date, crank up the stereo and prepare for a fast ride down your favorite two-lane blacktop.


excellent cd !!! thanks you


Heavy rockin' Blues
What a great Blues CD! The guitar riffs are heavy, bluesy and each song on the disc holds its own, making the CD a great addition to anyone's Blues collection. I highly recommend this CD.


ass-kicking guitar
this CD is full of tough-as-nails guitar riffs and vocals.
killer lead and slide throughout


Great roadhouse rock and roll - Katon tears it up!
I stumbled upon Michael Katon while checking out some sound clips of an guitar effects box that he uses (See: Analogman's Sunface at http://www.analogman.com/fuzzface.htm ). Not only was I impressed with the effects box, I also enjoyed Katon's "Red Moon Rising" so much that I wanted to hear more and the rest of the tracks are even cool!

Great stuff!

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great songs great guitar work