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by The Strange Tones

Ripping guitars, excellent vocals, catchy songwriting, and killer tone make "Crime-A-Billy" a great original CD and one not to miss.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lock Me Up
3:37 album only
2. Actual Man
3:05 album only
3. Something Stinks
4:10 album only
4. Ramble
3:04 album only
5. Sweet Spot
3:19 album only
6. Did My Time
2:53 album only
7. Poster Child
4:14 album only
8. Pinto Squire
3:35 album only
9. Crime-A-Billy
2:28 album only
10. Wanted
2:26 album only
11. Burnin' Heart
3:42 album only
12. Red State
2:46 album only
13. I Idolize You
5:39 album only
14. The Whip
3:19 album only


Album Notes
REAL BLUES MAGAZINE TOP 100 LIST- Highly Recommended!

"I'm in the cult man, I'm in the cult! Guitar Julie tell me when I drink the Kool-Aid!!! I've got eyes as big as pie plates behind this CD!"
Thayrone-X Host of Bone Conduction Music Show WAAM 1600 Ann Arbor, MI

CRIME-A-BILLY has erupted from the great Pacific Northwest! Spawned like a crazed salmon in a river of whiskey and microbrew this CD swims against the currents of mainstream music. Your iPod may try but The Strange Tones and this new CD defy a quick and easy classification. Well schooled and respected in the Northwest blues scene, the band has created its own sound by blending blues, rock-a-billy, surf, swamp, R&B, and even a sonic tip of the hat to the likes of the hardboiled Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe. The result is a combustible one-of-a-kind album. It's brand new but check out what people are already saying...

"Crime A Billy" may be their latest CD but this music will live on to become classic Americana. Superbly Sinful! PORTLAND ROOTS MUSIC PROJECT

"The Strange Tones turn in a rip roaring, label defying bunch of great tunes" PORTLAND BLUES.COM

Members of The Strange Tones have performed with or shared the bill with Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Jeff Healy, Long John Baldry, Guitar Shorty, J.J. Malone, Troyce Key, Johnny Shines, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Robben Ford, Otis Clay, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Louis Walker, Albert Collins, Johnny Winter, Little Charlie and the Nightcats




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Rowan DeSantis

Crime-A-Billy may be their latest CD, but this music will live on to become cla
This review runs to the deep rumbling rhythms of a fast moving train, overlaid with the sounds of fingers ripping through heated steel guitar strings and hard-driving vocals. It’s not about mainstream music, its about timeless music that rocks to the very soul. All artists are inspired by traditions. Artists blend, rebut, joke, reprimand, question and celebrate traditions. The trick is to find and stay true to their own signature voice and sound, to tell a story, while making the message uniquely their own and not just another cliché. The Strange Tones capture you with their unique music and rate as one of our best local bands hot on the scene today.

The tradition-inspired melodies, beats, rhythms, harmonics and theories that affected the Strange Tones tunes are composites of a wide range of roots music drawn from and successfully melding a plethora of styles into one uniquely original composition. The basic structure of their music is orderly, repeating and finite, but the variations are infinite. Though based in traditional values, their lyrics are pandemic to the current human experience, creating twisted, modern and bizarrely funny images of pop culture today. Crime-A-Billy may be their latest CD, but this music will live on to become classic Americana.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Strange Tones released their newest recording, Crime-A-Billy. On that night, the Who's Who of blues were hanging out at the bar nursing their Burning Heart(s) at the family friendly, barbecue restaurant and blues café Beale Street NW. This roots music venue is famous for its wonderful owners, sizzling entertainment, great service, tasty food and large dance floor. If you live in Portland this is a hot spot for roots music and traditional, home style, southern comfort cooking. Their barbecue and sauces rate with the best you can buy this side of the Mississippi. Located at 10721 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Portland, it is strongly recommended.

“Guitar Julie” Strange is a local poster child. In fact her bands' posters plaster the walls at most local clubs and they are Wanted all over the northwest. Julie Strange plays a mean guitar and passionately belts out some of the most soulful, gutsy, twisted and funny songs in the lower 48. The Strange Tones fun lovin' band includes Portland's own “Guitar Julie” Strange; her husband, the get-down-and-funky bass player and vocalist Andy Strange. Andy also occasionally surprises his audience by refurbishing unusual instruments in traditional ways and traditional instruments in unusual ways.

Burn-it-up-finger-picking-hands-on-fire guitarist and vocalist Suburban Slim is rumored to be one of the most innovative guitarists in town. Suburban Slim is a fabulous singer with vocal tonalities that are powerful, pleading, lilting and smooth. Can you keep a secret? He plays trumpet sometimes too.

Like a guitar player's dream come true, their straight-but-not-square man, the-take-no-prisoners, killer drummer JD Huge masterfully lays down their signature rhythm-within-rhythm beats. This guy creates the solid timing over which those guitar licks and vocals can really fly. Having this secure base to work with allows these three master guitarists to literally go to town, creating a dynamic combination of sounds that are guaranteed combustible.

This traditional blues line up of three guitars and a drummer demonstrates a deep understanding of roots music's hard core truths. This hard rockin', surf-blues-a-billy ensemble, with their no-holds-barred attitude, takes us as their prisoners and there is no escape. Their influences range from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Lou Reed. There is a cool little video you can open in their website and get a sample of their music and road-traveled humor.

The smiling is contagious as is the laughing and singing to the Strange Tones’ memorable lyrics. Their music is alive with stories. You can't help but sing them. Even their instrumentals are stories. Couched in these stories thrives the secret to successful life but you've got to decode it. To do that, you must check your daily self at the door, give in and get down.

Be certain to check out their website for more info and a look at their cool video at:

P. Scott

Ripping guitars, excellent vocals, catchy songwriting, and killer tone
Ripping guitars, excellent vocals, catchy songwriting, and killer tone make Crime-A-Billy a great original CD and one not to miss


Oh Hell Yeah!
One of the most listenable and danceable cd's I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I'm hooked and a fan for life!