This holiday weekend promises to bring the music heat. The Lariat in Buena Vista will see soaring temperatures July 6 as Ghost Train Blues Band (GTBB) turns the thermostat way up. Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., GTBB is one of Beale’s Street’s best blues offerings in many years, and for good reason.

Delivering an unbridled brand of modern blues, GTBB combines authentic traditional blues with inspired improvisation and one very funky trombone. The gritty Southern sextet forged in 2009 recently headlined the blues stage at The Montreal Jazz Festival and has been tearing up the road for the better part of a decade.

Along the way, they have taken home some of the most prestigious awards the blues community has to offer. Their trophy shelf includes the 2010 winner of the Independent Label Music Award (in Europe), the #1 artist on iTunes Austria for 2010, 2014 International Blues Challenge 2nd Place, and the 2018 Tennessee Music Award winner for Best Blues Band.

GTBB’s raw energy and rhythm drive the locomotive as they continuously blur the line between traditional and contemporary progressive blues. With the addition of Suavo Jones on trombone, GTBB adds a fresh layer of funk and dynamic New Orleans big band swing. Toting old school cigar-box guitars, GTBB salutes the Delta roots with every note but are far from your grandpa’s blues band.

According to Living Blues Magazine, “GT shows what can happen when the past is distilled through young sensibilities, voices and instruments. This is 21st-century blues at its best.”

Distinct, yet familiar, GTBB continues to raise the bluesy bar and have been hailed as one of the absolute must-see festival bands for 2019. Starting July 3, GTBB will begin a massive national tour, with a stop in Canada, as they prepare for the Oct. 4 release of their newest album Shine. Currently available for presale on the band’s official website, Shine is available in CD, digital album, or 180-grain vinyl record.

GTBB’s Southern rock and blues goes down smooth like a fine Tennessee Whiskey, but will still put hair on your peaches.

To learn more about the Ghost Train Blues Band and their upcoming tour, visit the band’s official website for more information.

Tickets for the July 6 show at The Lariat are $10.