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About Bote

Greer, SC

While at heart a celtic rock band, Bote's maturation musically since January of 2008 has begun to take the regional southeast by storm. Blending powerful folk ballads and raucous drinking numbers with the ebb and flow of modern rock, blues, reggae, and pop, Bote has become an original feature in many local music venues. Fighting against the domination of the cover bar band scene (of which very little originality is ever procured) and the constant barrage of preconceived notions, Bote's risen to every challenge emerging better and better as time goes on. Some might say it's like a fine wine witting in an old cellar, waiting to be found, opened, and shared with the world.

While there are many celtic musicians in the world, it's often melded with pop driven repetition and the lack of substance behind the music, as if all it were there to do was to advertise an ancient island with fascinating mythology and lore. While that's all well to do, Bote insists on bringing more to the table, pushing the cliche of celtic music both lyrically and musically. A prime example is the whimsical blues ballad by guitarist Eric Berthold, "Deep C Blues." The concept, while simple, mixes in the sentiment of an old drinking song with modern, almost Jimmy Buffet-like banter and humour. Sidestep to the revisited folk tune "Star of the County Down", a very modern approach to a song nearly a millennium old. "All Day Long" is an anti-societal rant against the government, capitalism's paycheck, and pop culture. Capping off the EP is another revisited folk tune "Whiskey in the Jar," which needs no introduction and is performed in an almost Led Zeppelin fashion mixed with the growl of the Pogues.

Bote proves time and again that sometimes all it takes is a little whiskey, women, and hard work (starting to sound like a country band!). Having released an entire 15-track studio album within the first year of the band's existence and soon to follow it up with a second of equal proportion (in some ways, more diverse and musically eclectic), Bote is simply riding the tide of self-made fortune until someone with a glimpse of the brighter future comes along. Until then, the band keeps pressing forward and tackling songs that, as far as can be seen, no one else is doing in South Carolina (at least not publicly).


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