Cattywompus is a band dedicated to American Roots music. As diverse as America itself, so is the band’s musical heritage. Whether it be Rock, Country, Blues, or Folk, no specific genre accurately pin points the band. The band is what the name means: not perfectly fitting in. By combining these styles with captivating lyrics Cattywompus has created a downhome feast that will soothe most any appetite.
Having a deep appreciation for the artists that have inspired generations: from the earliest blues and folk singers Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Bob Dylan, and the country greats Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, to the 60’s & 70’s Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gram Parsons and Allman Brothers Band, and modern bands such as the Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Drive By-Truckers and Kings of Leon, Cattywompus has explored many musical directions, foraging its own path of songs expressing love, loss, salvation, war and freedom, and of course whiskey and women. All these themes come together on Cattywompus’s debut album “Gospel Hymns and Original Sins” already spinning on americana radio.
Cattywompus is comprised of brothers James (Bass, Vocals), John Webber (Drums), Jon Lennartz (Vocals, Guitar) and Aaron Bateman (Guitar).
While growing up in the back seat of a VW bus in Los Angeles, James & John listened to their father’s musical loves: the Doors, Cream, Jethro Tull, Rolling Stones, Neil Young and countless others. James & John grew up in a house full of rhythm instruments as their father Kevin played percussion in many latin jazz, funk, blues and rock bands through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The boys picked up the family trade and a young age and in 2001, Cattywompus formed when James met southern guitarist Aaron Bateman, a Florida panhandle native, who had traveled from his homeland to form a rock n roll band in Los Angeles. Jon Lennartz also grew up in the Los Angeles area and attended the same high school as James and John. Kevin Webber (otherwise known as “the Witch Doctor”) added his years of percussion experience on the Cattywompus recordings and live shows. Jon’s whiskey-stained vocals, Aaron’s psychedelic blues-fueled guitar and the seamless family rhythm section come together for one multi-dimensional sound that cannot be mistaken.
Cattywompus ended 2005 with a self-supported tour of the Southern States to promote the new release. With a DIY attitude, the band traveled through twelve states in seek of new ears and new experiences. Less then two weeks later, tragedy struck when Kevin Webber lost the battle to cancer with his family by his side. James, John, Aaron and Jon intend to carry on the legacy of the “Witch Doctor” and continue on to create inspired and soulful music. “Wildfire” was released December 2005 and marks Kevin’s last recording efforts with his sons.
2005 has added Purpose to the band as it has been a whirlwind of emotion, full of great highs and soul-searching lows. Cattywompus remains a band of brothers, always moving and traveling like gypsies. Searching for answers to the questions that have no answers, like the Mighty Wind and the Wildfire: “Long may your wildfire burn..”