Ten Foot Polecats Announce “Undertow”, Out April 30th, Spring/Summer Touring

By on March 25, 2013



Neither hell nor high water could stop them. Boston-bred blues-stomp band Ten Foot Polecats are back with a new album, Undertow on Austin’s Hillgrass Bluebilly Records, out April 30th, 2013. Playing super-charged gutbucket tunes with a strong Mississippi sound, the trio formed five years and barnstormed around the country. Playing festivals like Deep Blues Festival helped spread the gospel to like-minded music lovers from coast to coast, earning them the kind of rabid fans that money can’t buy. Undertow is their third album, recorded at Vizzable Studios in Newton, MA and mastered by industry giant Toby Mountain. They’ll hit the road in April and May then head out on a summer tour with stops at Heavy Rebel Weekender, Muddy Roots and the Roots, Rock & Deep Blues Festival this summer, where they’ll be joined by Jack Oblivian, Dale Watson, Red Simpson, Shooter Jennings and a slew of other keepers of the American music flame.


Undertow unveils songs featuring up-tempo raunch and mesmerizing, hypnotic jams with the unifying theme of catastrophe. Songs of natural disasters like hurricanes and tornados, flooding and fire are interspersed with others that take on personal betrayal, career and relationship failures, substance abuse, and even the small positive moments in life that occur around the negative. “Since we don’t always write together, we didn’t see a common thread in the songs until we were almost done,” explained Scheffler, “it became obvious that one is a metaphor for the other.” 


Guitarist Jim Chilson employs a rather unorthodox package of gear and technique – his guitar is handmade, designed by himself and Matt Sullivan of MJ Sullivan Guitars. “Basically we put it together from bits and pieces of my other guitars,” explained Chilson, “Its shaped like a hollow wooden box with a Warmoth neck and Jason Lollar humbucker pickups.” He plays with a grand total of five strings, remaining seated throughout their performances, using his knees as support – he strikes so aggressively that a guitar strap isn’t strong enough to handle the impact. Propelling his sound with fingerpicking and the occasional employment of his ball cap’s bill, Chilson has created a unique sound that drives Scheffler’s harmonica and vocals equally with Rousseau’s drumming for an ultra-rhythmic effect. 


Ten Foot Polecats will tour in May behind the album with Molly Gene One Whoaman Band as the Ten Foot Polecats Electroduo – which entails Jay singing and playing harp while Chilson plays guitar and keeping the rhythm on an electric porchboard made from a downed fence in his back yard. There will be a full band tour in July that takes the band through the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. 



Sun       Mar 24            Boston, MA                 The Wonder Bar

Fri        Mar 29             Worcester, MA            Lucky Dog Music Hall 

Sat       Mar 30             Fairfield, CT                 FTC Stage One Theater (w/ Otis Taylor)

Sat       Apr 6               Bridgeport, CT             Two Boots

Sun      Apr 14             Quincy, MA                  South  Shore Music Hall

Mon     Apr 15             Somerville, MA             Bull McCabes

Sat       Apr 20             Lowell, MA                   The Back Page

Fri        Apr 26             Albany, NY                  Valentine’s

Sat       Apr 27             Rochester, NY             Abilene Bar & Lounge

Sun      Apr 28             Jamaica Plain, MA       Midway Café

Thu      May 2              Boston, MA                 O’Brien’s

Fri        May 3              Worcester, MA            Beatnik’s

Sat       May 4              Providence, RI             Nick-A-Nees

Fri        May 10            Charleston, WV           The Empty Glass

Sat       May 11            Beckley, WV                Foster’s Main St

Tue      May 14            Chattanooga, TN         JJ’s Bohemia

Wed     May 15            Nashville, TN               TBA

Thu      May 16            Carbondale, IL             Tres Hombres

Fri        May 17            Kansas City, MO         The Brick

Sat       May 18            Warrensburg, MO        East Pine Pub

Sat       May 25            Cambridge, MA            Club Bohemia (The Cantab Lounge)

Sat       Jun 8               South Hadley, MA        The Polish Am. Citizen’s Club

Fri        Jul 5                 Philadelphia, PA           The Shore Road Tavern

Sat       Jul 6                 Wilmington, NC            The Barbary Coast

Sun      Jul 7                 Winston-Salem, NC     Heavy Rebel Weekend – Millenium Ctr

Wed     Jul 10               Quincy, IL                    TBA

Thu      Jul 11               Pekin, IL                       The High Note

Fri        Jul 12               Milwaukee, WI              O’Keefes

Sat       Jul 13               Minneapolis, MN          Rock & Deep Blues Fest  – Patrick’s Cab.

Sun      Jul 14               Annandale, MN            Weber’s Deck

Mon     Jul 15               Chicago, IL                   Reggie’s Music Joint

Thu      Jul 18               Port Huron, MI              The Roche      

Aug 30-Sept 1              Cookeville, TN              Muddy Roots Festival – Junebug Ranch


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.