It’s been said that everything musical has been done before, but Buster Blue has found a place inhabited only by their own off-kilter creation. The six members utilize an arsenal of instruments that include horns, banjo, accordion, chains, and a well placed bucket. Their intention to revisit the American musical roots tradition may have much to do with their upbringing in the small town of Gardnerville, Nevada. Buster Blue’s musical educations range from one member being drum major of the high school band to another being a screamer in a hardcore group. Their diverse backgrounds and upbringings help give color to their music, as well as make it difficult to pigeonhole them to a genre.
Buster Blue brings more than music to the stage. Consummate performers, they bring theatrics to their live sets that meld seamlessly to the emotional arc of each of their songs. At times a raucous bar band and at other times a bit musical theater. Anyone attending a live show will surely be taken on one hell of a ride!
In January of 2010, Buster Blue set out to record their first full-length album, “When the Silver’s Gone” at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City, Nevada. The historic ghost town’s opera house once hosted performers such as John Barrymore, Harry Houdini, and Al Jolson. The Silver rush era Opera House seemed the ideal setting to capture the emotional depth of that particular set of songs. Produced by Zak Girdis and Kevin Bosley, “When the Silver’s Gone” may very well be one of the most ambitious records released in recent years.