Emerging Reno band, on endless tour, stops over in Breck
Ryan Summerlin September 20, 2012
In this age of music fusion, many artists find it difficult to describe their sound, and Buster Blue, an emerging act out of Reno, Nev., is no exception. “Indie-infused Americana folk seems to fit,” said band member Andrew Martin. “That is probably the hardest question we get asked.”
The five members use horns, banjo, accordion, chains and “a well-placed bucket” among their arsenal of instruments.
“Everyone switches instruments around in between songs and brings their own musicality to each song,” Martin said. “Our band really is a five-headed monster. Musically we each have our own personal influences, which is everything from early hip-hop to classical composers to Tom Waits to Radiohead to modern pop music.”
The band is currently on tour promoting their new EP, “Still on Conway,” released in July. “We recorded it in 24 hours this past year, in between touring,” Martin said.
They released their first full-length album, “When the Silver’s Gone,” in 2010 and have toured the U.S. consistently since. “This year we have already played over 105 shows,” he said. “In 2011 we played nearly 180 shows all over the western United States,” among them the Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle, Wa., the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, Ca. and the Millpond Music Festival in Bishop, Ca.
Martin describes one of their funnier tour experiences: “We are big on audience participation, and we’ve encountered concertgoers that are having a great night and drunkenly sit on stage and casually talk with us while we play. We just incorporate them into the show and keep the energy going.”
Buster Blue has shared the stage with Beats Antique, Warren Haynes, Dawes, Langhorne Slim, T- Model Ford and Jason Webley, to name a few. In 2011, the band was featured in Billboard Magazine’s Billboard Pro section.
“We try and put on a fully dynamic show,” Martin said. “You are going to dance, sway, sing and walk away with the full Buster Blue experience.” Tonight’s show, at three20south in Breckenridge, starts at 9 p.m. and is free of charge. Info: www.three20south.com or (970) 547-5320