Ghostrider Blues Band to launch new album Saturday

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – The Ghostrider Blues Band don’t consider themselves a traditional blues band.

Ghostrider Blues Band

Their latest album, House Rockin’, may be all covers, but it won’t sound like any other re-recordings.

“We have our own sound and style, so they do sound different than anybody else’s versions,” frontman Paul Morse said.

Morse describes their sound as an edgy mixture of blues and rock. 

“A lot of people think, ‘oh the blues. That’s going to be put me to sleep.’ But it isn’t. It’s very high-energy blues.”

The five-piece band is a tighter version of the 10-member Ghostrider and the Allied Horns, minus the horn section and back-up singers.

They take the stage in New Glasgow this weekend to introduce their new record featuring tunes from classic blues artists like Willie Dixon, Otis Rush, and Albert Collins, to name a few.

Morse said it doesn’t add any pressure to put their own spin on music that’s been around the block many times, but it does add more familiarity for the audience and the band itself.

“Basically, I just choose stuff that I enjoyed listening to, that I felt would translate to how we do the blues.”

After giving Pictou County a taste of their new material, they’ll take it on the road for another CD release show in Halifax, as well as several festivals this summer such as the Halifax Jazz Festival and Smokin’ Blues Fest 4 in the Annapolis Valley.

“We’re one of the headlining acts (at Smokin’ Blues Fest 4), so that’s nice.”

The group of performers, several of which are from Pictou County, had known each other for years, and formed the full band in late 2008.

“I had taken a hiatus from music and I got the itch again, I guess you could say.”

Ghostrider Blues Band rock Glasgow Square this Saturday at 9 p.m. with local musician Paul Tupper opening with a solo jazz and blues performance.

General admission tickets are $15 while VIP, including a CD and poster, are $25.

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

Organizations: House Rockin, Blues Fest 4, Allied Horns

Geographic location: Pictou County, New Glasgow, Halifax Annapolis Valley

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