The roots of the Ghost of Joseph Buck were planted in the early 2000’s when Joe Franzen and Polly Beck got together and started collaborating on guitar and piano. With the inspiration of having a full band, they got together with Stephanie Schooley who plays upright bass and grew up in Austin, TX. Christine Palmer lends her master’s degree in trumpet performance while drummer, Tony Corona, rounds out the line-up with a background in music production.
With diverse musical backgrounds the band’s sound has grown into a mashup of Calexico, Giant Sand, Cat Power, and Ennio Morricone. Although the mythos of the American West has a strong presence in many of the band’s songs, pigeonholing the band into a specific genre is challenging.