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Ears Wide Open: The Golden Ghosts

by Kevin Bronson on April 26, 2012

Riley Bray is a tall man— 6-foot-7, according to the press release — which, ostensibly, should help the singer-songwriter’s reach. As frontman of the Golden Ghosts, all things roots-rock are within Bray’s grasp. “Gleam,” the band’s just-released debut album, doesn’t deviate too much from the classic rock diagram, but whether meting out earnest anthems, brawny barroom rock or pedal steel-laden laments, the Golden Ghosts’ crisp guitar work has a lot to offer fans whose tastes run to the old school. Bray’s responsible for that, having recorded all the guitars in “Gleam” sessions with drummer Justin Goings. Keyboardist Flannery Lunsford and bassist Matthew Tucker are now on board. Wear your boots — the galloping “Heart of Coal” is for stomping.

||| Download: “Heart of Coal”

||| Also: Get two more songs from the Golden Ghosts on the band’s Facebook page.

||| Live: The Golden Ghosts celebrate their album release with a show tonight at Harvard & Stone.


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