Bones from the Bluesyard
Mr. Bones is the epicenter and front man for the Heebie~Jeebies, singing lead vocals and playing lead and rhythm guitar. Beau Bones grew up in the rough and tumble high plains desert town Winslow, Arizona. By seventh grade Beau had his first band that played the local church socials and school dances. Through junior and high school, Beau continued to form bands drawn from the local talent. Race lines and music styles were blurred and his early childhood musical influences ranged from Merle Haggard to Wilson Pickett; from the Rolling Stones to Louis Armstrong; and from Leadbelly to Mahalia Jackson and a litany of others: Bessie Smith, Paul Robson, Jimmy Rodgers, Benny Goodman, Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Pete Seeger, Mozart, Beethoven and many others. While his first blues influences came form the British Invasion of the early sixties, Stones, Yardbirds, Animals, John Mayall, Cream, Clapton, he soon realized that all of his favorites performed my those British white boys were actually written by American black men ten or twenty years earlier. At seventeen he formed the hard rock band Mantis who toured the Four Corners states and held down the Wednesday Rock night at the local honky-tonk, the Skylark Lounge just down the street from "the corner" in downtown Winslow on Route 66. In his late teens Beau moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, where he attended NAU and formed the soul-funk band Rosy Van and the Ace of Spades with his high school chum Rosy Van. They played what they affectionately called the 'chittlin' circuit' - all the black bars in Flagstaff, Winslow, Holbrook, McNary, and Gallup. After the Ace of Spades, Beau's music focused on the blues and he began to learn the various styles and to collect blues artifacts like old vinyl recording, resonator guitars, vintage tube amplifiers, and of course a plethora of blues songs. After many year living and playing in northern and central California, Beau move to Denver in 1991. Beau formed Beau Bones and the Heebie~Jeebies in 1996. The line up has changed over the years. The current players are some of the area's best new talents.