By Susan E. Latiolait, EDN
Buster Blue, the five-member Indie-Folk band from Reno, Nevada, will be performing in Eugene at Sam Bond’s Garage on Wednesday, October 10. The band is on tour to promote their new EP, “Still On Conway.”
Released in July of this year, “Still on Conway” was recorded in 24 hours while on tour. With musical influences ranging from Wilco, Arcade Fire, and Radiohead, Buster Blue combines a diverse array of instruments ranging from horns, a banjo, an accordion, chains, and a bucket to create a unique sound. This naturally makes it difficult to place them into only one specific genre of music.
Buster Blue first found success after releasing their first album, “When the Silver’s Gone,” in January 2010. This album led them to play over 160 showings in 11 states in the western United States and allowed them to play with successful bands including: Warren Hayes, Beats Antique, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s, Devil Makes Three, March Fourth Marching Band, Jason Webley, Magnolia Electric Co., Justin Gordon, Jaguar Love, These United States, Cowboy and Indian, and Leopold and His Fiction.
Buster Blue’s current tour began on October 5 and ends on October 25. They will be performing at venues throughout California and Oregon.
Influenced by a near death experience while travelling home from touring in a winter
storm in Sierra Nevada, five songs from “Still on Conway” were recorded in a living room in
order to provide a “live” sound for their EP. They include new instruments not previously used in live performances in order to finish the project within the demanding time constraints before tour. This included recording one single at a KOA Campground with a few acoustic instruments and a lantern. This piece won them the CD Baby Jingle Writing Contest upon submission — beating hundreds of other bands.
Buster Blue’s unique style and incredible resourcefulness brings a new and innovative style to
the music scene.