Jan 092018

I was first exposed to Ghostwriter’s music in the 2008 film called The Folk Singer.  Admittedly, he was not a highlight of the film for me but what I heard stuck with me.  Ghostwriter is a one man band with a sound that falls into the lo-fi punk inspired blues category.  His sound features haunted growling vocals backed with a thick distorted guitar and foot stomp percussion.  It fits right in with Left Lane Cruiser or The GD Gallows or even The Legendary Shack Shakers.

Ghostwriter’s new record is titled String Noise and Dust.  While Ghostwriter isnt reinventing the wheel, there is some diversity on this album.  There are slower tracks which showcase great songwriting and some faster tracks that show off his punk rock influences and just might start a mosh pit.

The album opens up with a barn burner called “Storm Clouds”.  It sets the album off rocking with a song that kicks up a lot of noise and dust to prepare you for the storm to come.  “How Many Times” showcases Ghostwriter’s skill with the banjo and great songwriting.  Another favorite is “Stagnation Blues” which brings together the distorted blues guitar and banjo for an amazing album closer.

One man bands bring an interesting sound and Ghostwriter adds to the diversity of the OMBs in the underground roots scene.  He brings a sound that is heavy, bluesy and full of distorted guitars and guttural growls.  This album will sit well with any Ghostwriter fan, new or long time.  String Noise and Dust is available everywhere digitally and on CD and LP from End Of The West Records.

Ghostwriter – String Noise and Dust (2018)


  1. Storm Clouds

  2. Lost

  3. Divine

  4. Harness

  5. How Many Times

  6. Shoreline

  7. Honor The Dead

  8. Ohio

  9. Folks

  10. Stars

  11. Gdmt

  12. Stagnation Blues

Favorite Tracks : Ohio, Storm Clouds, How Many Times, Stagnation Blues

Jan 092018

You know before I indulge into anything Mr. Billy Yates has contributed to Country Music on a songwriter standpoint, I want to point out that he produced MY NUMBER ONE ALBUM OF 2017 Mr. Charley Pride. That album was just too magnificent to pass up on!

I mean damn, when you say Country Music you pretty much say Billy Yates because he has embellished it on so many levels it’s uncanny. In 2000 he accomplished what Music Row said was impossible…he put George Jones on FM radio with ‘Choices” from the Cold Hard Truth album. He also wrote “I Don’t Need Your Rocking Chair” and more for Jones.

I have stated this before and I shall again and again. Country Music has three staple pillars of it’s foundations, the producer, steel guitarist, and songwriter. if you have ALL THREE, you have a platinum album. So with that in mind here let’s dwell on the songwriters for just a moment. WHAT MADE these people write these hit songs we all revere so much? I mean REALLY…WHAT was the story behind Max Barnes writing “Chiseled In Stone” or Don Schlitz writing “The Gambler”?

Well on April 6th The Americana Theater in Branson brings us the Billy Yates Hit Songwriters In The Round which will be a weekly show featuring 90 minutes of intimate rounds with those that wrote the classics. Each show will include a meet and greet as well as other enjoyable happenings.

tickets for Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round are available at the Americana Theater box office at 417-544-8700 or online at www.HitSongwritersInTheRound.com.

Tickets for Raiding the Country Vault are available at the Starlite Theatre box office at 417-337-9333 or online at www.starlitetheatre.com

April 6, 7, 8 – Kerry Kurt Phillips & Wynn Varble
April 13, 14, 15 – Byron Hill & Wil Nance
April 20, 21, 22 – Buddy Jewell & Leslie Satcher
April 27, 28, 29 – Clay Mills & Mark Irwin
May 4, 5, 6 – Max T. Barnes & Jeff Bates
May 11, 12, 13 – Jim McBride & Jimmy Payne
May 18, 19, 20 – Bobby Tomberlin & Steve Dean
May 25, 26, 27 – Guest host: Michael Peterson with LuLu Roman & Leona Williams