Diesel Boots is a singer/songwriter from the place where country and blues split a jug of whiskey on a moonless night. He was born Collyn McCoy (Aboleth, The Ultra Electric Mega Galactic) among the pines of New Hampshire. At the age of 22 he packed his Ford pickup and set out for Los Angeles, where his skills as both a bassist and bottleneck guitarist made him an in-demand session musician. As a sideman and leader he has toured the world playing everything from jazz to doom metal.
“Diesel Boots” was summoned by McCoy to battle his demons, both literal and figurative. Stylistically his music draws from Delta blues, country and psychedelic rock – equal parts Howlin’ Wolf, Townes Van Zandt and Roky Erickson. Performing as Diesel Boots forces him to plunge headlong into the depths of his own tragedies, misdeeds and mistakes to find hope there within the darkness.
Diesel Boots’ debut single, “Whiskey ‘n’ Tears” – and its B-side “This Is All I Have” – were recorded live to four-track at All Welcome Studios in Inglewood, CA. No overdubs, no edits -- what you hear is what happened in the room. Providing booms and bangs were Matt Lynch (bass) and Marty Dodson (drums), both of the psychedelic doom rock juggernaut Snail. But beard metal credentials aside, both Dodson and Lynch are seasoned musicians with diverse professional resumes: Dodson is an in-demand blues drummer, having toured with everyone from James Harman to The Fabulous Thunderbirds. And Lynch is a well-regarded producer and engineer whose recent credits include Chicano Batman, Nebula and Duane Betts. Lynch captured the performance with a dirt-simple setup and mixed with minimal digital manipulation, as a harbinger to the full length record that is already underway.