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Real Tahoe adventure inspires Buster Blue EP

Suzanne Haala, shaala@tahoedailytribune.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Some people would start crying when their car gets stuck on one of Tahoe’s snowy summits. Some might completely freak out, and some just feel the vibe to name their new EP after this awful situation.

That’s what thel band Buster Blue from Reno thought when it got stuck on Conway Summit last winter in California. It took them a terrifying 30 minutes to shovel their tour van free.

and#8220;It was such a creepy experience,and#8221; singer and songwriter Andrew Martin said.



and#8220;Our chains fell off and we tried to get them back on, when all of the sudden a snow plower came right behind us and pushed tons of snow against our tires, so we really got stuck.and#8221;

But instead of being all frustrated about the shoveling, a new EP was born.



and#8220;We still have nightmares about this trip, though,and#8221; Martin said.

The EP, titled and#8220;Still on Conwayand#8221; will be released July 20 with five brand new songs, all with a unique mixture of New Orleans jazz, some alternative rock or American folk rock.

But before this takes place, the band will be playing in Truckee for and#8220;Truckee Thursdaysand#8221; on July 5, promoting its album and#8220;When the Silver’s Gone,and#8221; which was recorded in four days in historic Virginia City.

The band, consisting of five band members, formed four years ago and playing since 2010, and has its roots in Gardnerville.

Now the four men and one woman perform their songs all over the West, including Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico Wyoming and Washington.

Their tour started in Idaho on June 29 and now makes a stop in the old town of Truckee.

The music is a unique mixture of instruments including horns, banjo, accordion, chains and a well-placed bucket. Each band member plays as many as four instruments.

and#8220;Bryan (Jones) and I write the songs, but it’s actually the entire band which takes it to a whole new level,and#8221; Martin said. Some of their songs are covers, but most of them are true Reno originals.

The band, which has been influenced a lot by Radiohead, The Beatles, or even Tom Waits, is planning on expanding its tour to the eastern states in September, where they are going to rock their songs in Chicago and the surrounding area.


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