There’s a new band in town, Ghost Train, and they are an original rock/blues band. Their repertoire includes original songs, along with some blues and rock covers. Next month they are heading in to the studio to start recording their debut CD of all original material.
The Ghost Train line up is: Wayne Miller on vocals; Mike Benedict on keyboards; Skip Fischer on drums; John Peresada on bass; and Stan Blues Jr. on guitar. They are an extremely high energy band with a heavy rock sound and not your traditional blues. Their influences are heavy rock acts, and contemporary electric blues artists, such as Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa.
Amy Nachbar: So how did they come together when they were all already working in other working bands?
Stan Blues Jr.: Over 6 years ago, having been away from the music business for decades, I had the good fortune of meeting a bass player named John Peresada. After a little jamming with mutual friends, we made the fateful decision to start a band that focused on a hard edged style of blues and rock. I named the band “ThrowDown”, since out attitude toward this band matched the name. LOL We soon found Skip Fischer to fill the drumming position, and The ThrowDown band was officially born. All we needed was a vocalist.
AN: So what did you do to find a vocalist?
SBJ: The idea of placing an ad on Craiglist was thrown around, and boy did we get lucky. Eric Savoie answered the ad, and after a short audition, it was clear that this guy was the one to make us complete. That started off a 6 year collaboration, that I will forever be thankful for. We made a record, gigged all over the place, and eventually after relentless work and dedication, found ourselves heading to Memphis to represent Boston in the International Blues Challenge.
Alas, even with our success and faithful fans, things were starting to change. As priorities and life in general change, so did the band. After years of sharing the stage with us, our long time singer and collaborator Savoie, left the band, to spend more time with his family and expand his musical horizons, rejoining with us for some selected gigs from time to time.
AN: This must have been a difficult time for the band. You had gigs booked, and now you had no lead singer. What did you do?
SBJ: While this was a tough hurdle to overcome, the rest of us felt we should continue and work as ThrowDown with some other talented people who helped us out along the way.
Fast forward to more recently, it had become abundantly clear to me, that while ThrowDown was a good band, it had it’s day, and it was time to move on. After discussions with Peresada, we decided that the best move was for us to start fresh, with a new band name, new music, and while being sure footed in our genre and the music that brought us here, expand our repertoire to include more hard driving rock music.
Our original drummer, Skip, decided to remain with us, and after the addition of Wayne Miller on vocals, and Mike Benedict on Keyboards, a new band was formed. We called it “Ghost Train.”
Ghost Train will be performing at Celley’s Pub, 742 Western Avenue in Lynn, Massachusetts, on April 22.