The Ghosthounds cometh

Published September 17, 2009

There is a buzz about the Ghosthounds.

The band, a southern-soul-rock-blues-funk-whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it five piece collective (ranging up to eight on stage, including backup singers), is taking rock n’ roll into the future by mining its past. By turns ripping and soulful, the Ghosthounds have a sound that recalls Dirty Fingers era Rolling Stones with a Booker T backbeat and a touch of Ike and Tina Turner thrown in for good measure.

The band is also a plan: they came together when two childhood friends and longtime music veterans, guitarist TJ Tull and drummer Mike Rizzi, decided to put something together the right way: they didn’t want to chase a music industry dream so much as create their own.

“The beauty of our band is we are not 22-years-old and can’t be manipulated by Lou Pearlman,” Rizzi said. “What we are doing now – we all have a couple decades of experience doing what we do, and we understand where rock ‘n roll is and what is was like. We thought we should really create the sound that we were born into.”

Ghosthounds formed two years ago and quickly garnered attention. The famed recording team of producer Niles Rodgers and engineer signed on for the band’s eponymous first record. Songs from the record were featured on the Rock Star 2 video game. The band’s biggest buzz, however – as attested by those in attendance at a July gig at Sainte Rocke – is its live show.

“The big thing is it has to be music first,” Rizzi said. “And that means to be good enough to really, really bring it live.”

The Ghosthounds play Sept. 19 at Saint Rocke, along with Marc Ford and the Neptune Blues Club. See for more info, or for tickets.