Mom and Dad moved from West Virginia in the 1950's to find work and raise a family. Two of their children, Richard and Kenny would become Zombies. Younger brother, Greg would come along a bit later. As the family tree grew and spread other Zombies would be produced or grafted in. Eric and Josh in the 70s, Stephen in the 80's. John came in by way of marriage in in the 80s as well, Johnny in the 90s. People sometimes ask us when we became musical. Truthfully, we are still waiting for that day. We are a mix of trained and untrained in the instruments we struggle to subdue into listenability. We pitch in each our own songs; bringing in the flavors of our influences: our Dad's "hillbilly music", our rock and blues, folk musics, sea shanties and others. Eventually you will hear a Theremin. Oh yes you will. It's fun to list our musical curriculum vitae- if only because our ability to name bands often seems to outshine the music produced by them. Richard was a roadie for the Baltimore Band "Bittersweets" back in the mists of time. Greg and Eric were the tape deck sensations of the 80s with "Deli Help". Greg still has records of those days which he retains (one can only imagine) for blackmailing purposes. Greg then went on to form "The Ballz" and the "Savage Young Beatoffs" which, with the addition of John and Richard, became a Beatles cover band known mostly as "The Beatle Band". They tried to go with "The Rubber Soul Band" but due to a newspaper typo they were only known as the "Robert Soul Band". Eric once stole the name "The Dr. Joyce Brothers" from Greg to christen his early 90s hardcore project. But they petered out after one practice so I don't think they count. Greg and John went on in the 80s and 90s to form power-pop quartet "Freak Accident". Meanwhile Johnny was learning to actually play the violin and guitar. Eric was penning his first tunes around the time that he formed "Beat Willy" with a college chum (Ed of "Mars" and "Grosse Fugue" fame). At the dawn of the 21st century Eric and Josh were hunkering down in college dorm buildings and athletic fields as "Tequila Bong Shop"- a name taken directly form a "to do" list Josh once wrote while he and Eric were living in Seattle. But the actual story of the Backwoods Zombies begins a few years back when Eric bought Richard a keyboard as a Christmas present. They played together for a while until it became apparent that Eric had (nor has) any ability to keep anything like a steady beat without a rhythm section. Even so, they somehow thought it wise to play for people. In public. They knew, however, that they would be sunk (sunker?) without some kind of drummer. "Kenny is some kind of drummer", Richard said and so he was shanghaied into the proto-Zombies. Johnny was impressed into bass guitar service in the same manner as Kenny after an interesting first show at Load of Fun Gallery. Proprietor of Club Clem and multi-instrumentalist Greg has added to the group threatening Theremin at every turn. John has chipped in on his mandolin. Josh adds percussion when he can. Stephen joined on drums after showing up at practice one night. Even so we decided that a bit more practice was needed before we would again unleash themselves upon Baltimore. You see we were not quite Zombies, yet. And so we disappeared into the backwoods of Western Maryland. Richard, Eric, Kenny, Johnny and Josh and the rest took tents and instruments hell-bent for coherency. What happened there none can say with absolute clarity. Some say we made some kind of Faustian bargain in those woods or some such hoodoo. Others only hold to the conjecture that a potent mix of blackberry brandy and peppermint schnapps may have been involved. In any event we went in seven relatives and emerged as... Backwoods Zombies!!! On Fire!, a name taken to what happened to the bass player during our last camping trip, is our first collection of songs. What we have here is the more melodic side of our musical pedigree: folky with a touch of bluegrass but with an indie rock sensibility and a touch of, oh heck, go ahead and listen already...