JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Our Boise neighbors produce a lot of quality roots bands, and Tylor & the Train Robbers are one of the up-and-coming standouts. Boise Weekly ranked their debut album, Gravel, as a top local release in 2017 noting, “Like Prine, singer-lyricist Tylor Ketchum (who’s only in his mid-20s) has an eye for detail and a plainspoken evenhandedness that songwriters of any age should envy.”
The quartet includes Tylor’s brother and bassist/harmony singer Jason Bushman, his future father-in-law Johnny Pisano on lead guitar, and Flip Perkins on drums. Originally hailing from the small town of Helix, Oregon, Ketchum conjures up his long dead outlaw ancestor, Black Jack Ketchum, as the inspiration for their new album, Best of the Worst Kind. The title track, “The Ballad of Black Jack Ketchum,” is a musical necromancy. Set to be released on the anniversary of his hanging (April 26th), the music video for the ballad was filmed at Black Jack’s grave during the band’s most recent tour through the Southwest.
From good cowboys gone bad to the woesome troubles of the modern American wanderer, Tylor & The Train Robbers’ songs explore a span of generations linked by a common spirit.
“The Train Robbers remind me of a young James McMurtry in the best of ways: you can dance to them all night long or get lost in the lyrics,” said local talent buyer Justin Smith.
Tylor & the Train Robbers, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Silver Dollar Showroom in The Wort Hotel. Free.
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