Talk about loving the blues, today we bring you a few words with Chilly Kurtz of Caged Heat. This is serious old school influenced blues jams with some serious harmonica playin goin on. The years of experience are on full display , Caged Heat rocks like a Band on a mission. I could take the day off of work, phone in it in sick , just to listen to all these cool tunes. I love live shows and I’m hoping that I get the opportunity to see Caged Heat live. Please visit Florida
Chilly Kurtz of Caged Heat Q&A
Hi our name is….
our sound is……
Warm, dark, blues-pop
Chilly Kurtz on vocals, guitar, harmonica, Pam Kerensky on
Bass, Johnny Berosh on drums/percussion, Peter Hansen on
keys and a revolving door of special guests….
We are from…….
Who are some that have an influence on you
Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Bullet LaVolta, and Morphine
How old were all of you when you started to play
Late teens early twenties
Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all
the way through getting the songs out
Lets see, thin air? It’s always a mystery to me where these
songs come from, they just seem to go “poof”, pop into my
head, from there, I show them to the band. When we go in the
studio we actually record live. Didn’t do it that way in the
beginning and something was lost in translation. I wanted to
capture that vibe we had live. That’s a real advantage to
longevity in a band, getting to a point where we can go into the
studio and record all together, live. That seemed to be the
answer to the lost vibe, from lost to found as a solid unit
what are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how
have you overcome those challenges
Paying for the practice space, strings, amp repair, lol, overcome
with a day job. Not very romantic or glamorous is it?
1st rock concert you went to and age....
Rossington-Collins Band. I was 10, at sleep-away camp and they
brought us to see them. Talk about dating myself! Great concert
coolest band t-shirt you ever bought…
Ronnie Lane Benefit at MSG, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Eric
Clapton, etc,…wow, talk about an awesome concert! I wish I still
had that t-shirt
the most insane concert you ever went to or were a part of….
Nashville Pussy at the Linwood (which is now called Church) in
Boston. The bass player was fire-spitting, seriously, the ceiling
looked like it was on fire and she didn’t even burn the place
down. David Bowie and Tin Machine at the World(NYC)is also
worth a mention cause he was so amazing and what a great
place to see it.
If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and
Here’s a cheesy answer for you. The Rolling Stones, cause who
wouldn’t want to open for them and we’re just about out of time
for that to happen, plus I would love to sit-in and play harmonica
with them, that wouldn’t be cheesy at all.
My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer
I would tell him to forget success and to make sure he has fun
doing it. It’s such a labor of love and if you aren’t enjoying
yourself in the process, it’s a huge waste of time and energy
your thoughts on the state of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015…..
Sad! When I was coming up, it was all about seeing live music.
That’s all I cared about was seeing bands play, clubs, arena’s,
I’ve seen so many amazing shows from local to national acts,
good times. It seems like no one under 30 even cares to see
bands play anymore, unless they have some kind of pop seal of
approval. They don’t even know what they’re missing and
youtube just doesn’t cut it for me
Our plans for the rest of 2015…..
Play as many shows possible, record at least 5 new songs and
maybe even make a video, nothing wrong w/u-tube, it’s a lot of
fun, just not a great replacement for live shows
Caged Heat formed in 1998 and have released two albums and
have been on many compilations. They toured the East coast
with bands like The Upper Crust, Buck Cherry, Sylvan Sylvan,
The Lyres, The Charms, Scissorfight, and Gang Green.