Tickets go on sale tomorrow, February 13 at 10 am (MT)
The onset of summer in the mountain town of Durango, Colorado inches a bit closer with the announcement of the artist lineup for the Durango Blues Train on May 31 and June 1. The Durango Blues Train is excited to kick off it's 9th year rockin' and rollin' aboard the the historic Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad with Brandon Santini, Ally Venable Band, Brody Buster, Smokestack Relics, A.J. Gaither OMB, and Alex Paul.
Multi-BMA and Blues Blast Award nominee, Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players. Brandon combines his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield.
Founding the Blues Music Award-nominated band Delta Highway in 2003, Brandon relocated to Memphis, absorbing the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country.
With two acclaimed albums under his belt, Brandon released “Live & Extended!” in January 2015. Featuring his tight touring band, it’s been nominated for a 2015 Blues Blast Award.
A powerhouse from the Lone Star State, the Ally Venable Band has ignited excitement in the Modern Blues Scene. Lead vocalists and guitarist, Ally Venable, started singing at an early age in church and then in recent years picked up the guitar and found her passion establishing herself as a Texas Blues Guitar Slinger. Ally’s songwriting and onstage performance, proves that she packs a punch.
She has received many awards including the 2014 and 2015 "Female Guitarist of the Year ", three time winner of "Blues Band of the Year", "Album of the Year"- ETX Music Awards 2017. Guitar Player Magazine stated that," "Venable pulls off a stunner of gritty and/or sultry blues-rock tunes embellished with lots of tasty guitar solos."
Blues and rock multi-instrumentalist Brody Buster hails from Lawrence, KS. He's a former child prodigy and was featured on countless TV shows growing up, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Dateline, Crook & Chase, and the Jon Stewart Show. Even Baywatch Nights and Full House showcased Brody's talents.
Brody has shared the stage with Quincy Jones, Keb Mo, Chaka Kahn, Lee Oskar and was a regular performer at B.B. King's Blues Club. Brody's performed with B.B. King, who said, “Despite his age, Brody Buster is one of the greatest harmonica players of our time." Brody Buster’s One Man Band performs regularly around the Kansas City Metro, with weekly shows at The Westport Saloon, The Inter Continental Hotel, and The Brick- in addition to a monthly show at The Jazz.
Smokestack Relics can only be defined as a dirty swamp rock band. The two brothers sing about livin', lovin', dyin' and the hell down below. The band is stripped down to her bare essentials creating a raw roots feel. When they're not playing in Denver you may find them playing throughout the grand ol' United States, scrapin’ up enough cash to make it to the next show with coffee and cigarettes in hand.
Everything is better when it’s home-made. And it don’t get more down home or DIY than A.J. Gaither. From the building of the instruments to the writing of the songs and making of the albums, everything about this “one man junk band” is lo-tech and hands on. The sound is cold lonely bars and old empty barns, highways and heartaches. From raging high octane foot stompin’ brag songs to slow and soulful songs about struggle and being homesick, every bit of it is drenched in whiskey and hard living. The instruments are old cigar boxes and scrap lumber, spare bolts and wood screws. Each is one unique in tone and appearance. A large feed bucket and a wooden mallet provide the kick drum, accompanied by a junk snare drum rigged to be played by foot. All built by the same hands that play them.
Alex Paul is a Telluride-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a playful, insightful approach to music and composition. Born and raised in Colorado, his musical stylings reflect his approach to living a vibrant, positive life. With a diverse repertoire of covers and original material and a contagious energy to his live performance, Alex will bring you into his musical world for as long as you’d like to attend.
Refreshments will be available for purchase on board. Guests can enjoy light snacks, bars with wine and craft beer from award-winning regional brewery partners Telluride Brewing Company, Ska Brewing and Big B’s Hard Cider.
Tickets are set to go on sale on Tuesday, February 13, 2019 at 10 am (MT). Tickets are $119 per person per night, plus a Historic Train Preservation fee. Tickets are limited and will sell out in advance. Purchasers must be 21 years old to participate. Tickets will be available online here.
The artist lineup for August 16 & 17 will be released later this spring. Tickets for those dates will go on sale March 13th at 10 am (MT). For more information, click here.