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The Ghost of Joseph Buck


  1. 1.
    Dividing Line
  2. 2.
    Western Sky
  3. 3.
    Angels of Juarez
  4. 4.
    Pueblo's Burnin'
  5. 5.
    Travelin' Chair
The Ghost of Joseph Buck is a Denver band for sure, but the band’s heart, its music, encompasses the entirety of the American West mythos.
The Ghost of Joseph Buck peppers simple yet strong music with Western motifs like a barroom piano, the occasional organ and mariachi horns but also bring along the ballsiness of rock with guitar moments that almost cross over into hard rock.
Despite wandering towards rock, Polly Beck’s vocals and lyrics on “Scenic” maintain consistency with the band’s previous, self-titled EP. Beck, who founded the band along with husband Joe Franzen back in 2011, has a somewhat low, populist voice that’s more powerful than pretty. It’s the perfect voice for carrying lyrics about outlaws, lost loves, struggles, and other Western themes like murderers and preachers.
All this talk about the West will likely lead you to expect something specific, but The Ghost of Joseph Buck do well avoiding outright nostalgia and cliche. The West is an inspiration, a launching point and not a handbook for the band’s music. - Hey Reverb


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