Jolly Roger Records is proud to announce that Buttered Bacon Biscuits album “From the Solitary Woods” is now available again. Originally released in 2009 as self-produced CD, the band features 2 members who are now members of Witchwood: Mastermind Ricky Dal Pane (Vocals, Guitar) and Stefano Olivi (Hammond, Keys). This reissue, released with new artwork, makes available again on CD and for the very first time also on LP format, a great album influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Genesis, Uriah Heep, Humble Pie, Allman Brothers, Blue Oyster Cult, Atomic Rooster and King Crimson; showcasing Dal Pane’s talent as a songwriter and his huge potential, later to be fully expressed in Witchwood. Buttered Bacon Biscuits creating, in fact the roots on which Witchwood grew forth.
A lyrics video for the song “Into the Wild” can be found HERE
Three of the tracks from the album can be streamed through Bandcamp HERE
Jolly Roger Records can also inform that the double LP edition of Witchwood’s first album “Litanies from the Woods” is available again in a second pressing – the first 100 copies of which are on gold wax – as the first vinyl pressing from late 2015 sold out.
The Buttered Bacon Biscuits are born as a side project of other different bands, around in 2008, by the meeting of musicians belonging to other bands from the surroundings of Faenza and Forlì, but after some months they become a new reality for all the members.
The band is composed by Ricky Dal Pane on vocals and guitars, Alex Celli on guitar, Alessandro Aroni on bass and Antonio Perugini on drums.
The agreement inside the band result to be so high that it brings them in a short time to record their first album “From the Solitary Woods”, which is released at the end of 2009 as self-produced Cd. During the recordings, a new member joins definitively the band, Stefano Olivi on hammond and keys.
The album is excellently welcomed both from criticism and from the public, getting very good reviews on well-known italian and foreign magazines and the band starts a series of concerts to promote the album, appearing as live-guests in Italy for bands like Uriah Heep and Jethro Tull.
They are influenced by many groups like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Genesis, Uriah Heep, Humble Pie, Allman Brothers, Doors, Neil Young, Blue Oyster Cult, Genesis, Atomic Rooster, King Crimson, all beloved 70 music, flowed in a sound mixture filtered by their own personality. Old-school rock music with ballads and psychedelic visions, instinctive and open-minded, in continuous evolution, note by note.
At the end of 2010, Andrea Palli replaces Perugini on drums and with him, B.B.B. begins to write new songs for the new album, but due to growing personal and musical differences on how keeping on the band, they split and Ricky Dal Pane starts a new project, baptized Witchwood, again with Stefano Olivi and Andrea Palli and with new arrivals Luca Celotti on bass and Samuel Tesori on flute.
Disappointment for the previous split makes Ricky, aware of the appreciations received with “From the Solitary Woods” of which he’s the main music and lyrics composer, even more determined and enthusiast about the new project, reaching its goal: debut “Litanies from the Woods” (Jolly Roger Records 2015) with a so similar title to the previous B.B.B. album, is considered both in Italy and abroad as one of the best hard / prog album of 2015, bringing out, deservedly, its great talent.
This reissue, with a “new” artwork, makes available again on Cd and for the very first time on Lp format, a great album with huge potential, then fully expressed in Witchwood, creating infact their roots.
Previous Reviews (2009):
From The Solitary Woods sounds like the Black Label Society with a decent singer, an Allmann Brothers Band with some Mexican peppers in the place where the sun never shines, Led Zeppelin if they had stayed together and Gov’t Mule sounding like, well… Gov’t Mule. This is up-tempo, heavy rock with plenty of fine riffs and guitar solos, heavy bassing while jamming. Nice, nice, nice! Come on, be a sport and try something new on your musical menu. Then I will let you in on a secret: the Buttered Bacon Biscuits are not from Georgia at all, but from Italy! Ah, never mind, just listen to the intoxicating long jams and when you get hungry have some biscuits with butter and bacon
BACKGROUND MAGAZINE – HOLL
Dear classic rock fans, please note Italy’s BUTTERED BACON BISCUITS on your next shopping list. You won’t regret this surely. ‘From The Solitary Woods’ is certainly an impressive first effort, presenting a young band that is very experienced in their field. With insolent yet earthy guitar riffs, a booming bass, dynamic percussion, and songs that make you think there won’t be a tomorrow, the five musicians bring you back to the golden era of 1970’s progressive hardrock. One is reminded of bands such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull or Atomic Rooster, so it is clear that BUTTERED BACON BISCUITS are no innovators. Well, I don’t mind at all. The tunes have great riffs and solos without getting lost in the haze. That’s all embedded in tight arrangements that at the same time are multifaceted. ‘Losin’ My Pride’ is a flawless display of virtuosity and one of the heaviest tunes of this album. But ‘From The Solitary Woods’ is not only a guitar and organ dominated sonic assault. There’s is also enough space for calmer songs or quieter sections.
‘Another Secret in the Sun’ is an acoustic, dreamy country-tinged ballad with a nice Floyd-esque middle section. During such moments it is obvious that BUTTERED BACON BISCUITS do not limit themselves to only one formula and it also guarantees that the band is always good for a surprise. This also includes ‘Essaouira’ that is the only instrumental track on the album. The main riffs of Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath’ and The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ were fused together, but it doesn’t sound like a cover version because these two elements have been skillfully woven into a texture of folk-driven space rock. Here again, they succeed and it’s definitely another highlight, though unfortunately it’s not all roses and cupcakes.
Vocalist/guitarist Ricky tends to overdo things, which does not mean that he’s not a good singer. But sometimes he acts over-emotive as for example in ‘Into the Wild’, where his dramatic style is almost too much for my taste. As so often, less is sometimes more. Thankfully, he’s able to vary the tone colors, so that I can ignore the fact that he exaggerates now and then. It is also noteworthy that Ricky is the creative force behind BUTTERED BACON BISCUITS, because he has written almost all of the songs and lyrics. As a bonus, there’s a hidden bonus track, but it would not have been necessary even when it is fun to listen to this country tune, including a well-known quotation from The Beatles. The album is rounded off by a strong and powerful production that gives a modern feel to the eight tracks which are saturated with the spirit of the 1970’s. ‘From The Solitary Woods’ is a remarkable debut which might be of interest to 70’s rock enthusiasts. As I remarked earlier, you won’t regret this surely. I give the thumbs-up!