"CACTUS - The American Led Zeppelin." Those are tall words, but that is in fact what people were saying about Cactus when this first "Super Group" hit the scene in 1970. Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice are one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock music history, there is no denying that. They helped to put Vanilla Fudge and countless other bands on the map over the last 40 years. This rhythm section is perhaps the most distinctive element of the Cactus sound, a kind of missing link between Cream's Jack Bruce/Ginger Baker tandem and the virtuoso grooves of Rush's Geddy Lee and Neil Peart.

Their influential brand of fat and hooky boogie-rock was custom-built not only to sound large blaring from speakers, but also to fill venues to their rafters with blues-inspired, ear-shredding rock. This is a rare chance to catch one of the most underrated and overlooked hard rock bands of the '70s, an amp'ed-up electric boogie-woogie rock n roll outfit heavily steeped in Rhythm and Blues.

Train Company

Chicago, home of the Blues and rock & roll. This Chicago music scene is where Train Company has blossomed. Three years of playing any venue, party or bar imaginable in the Midwest provided the apprenticeship. With the release of the self-titled debut album in 2009, and the Change EP in 2010, the cards have been lining up. The shows have become " a passionate (and sweaty) performance...delivered confidently" ( The music is spinning on college radio stations and even played on the groups favorite, 93XRT. Following the performance at the 2010 SXSW festival, Train Company was asked to open for Blues Traveler at Chicago's House of Blues. After leaving the stage, John Popper approached the group backstage to say, "You guys are killin!"

Riding the high of a sold-out House of Blues show and recognition from a hero, Train Company entered Gallery of Carpet studios to lay down new tracks. The sessions were recorded live to analog tape with Samuel Wyatt playing the organ, and The Icicles providing the soulful backing vocals. The resulting session produced Change - EP, which includes "Change", "Still Can Feel The Heat" and "Conquistador".

"...They have a sound and chemistry that portrays a band that has been together for over a decade...Their clean and crisp musical abilities combine elements of blues and rock and roll that keep up with the traditions of Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The talents of Mark Alletag's saxophone, and female back-up singers add to their unique style." -The Traveling Yeti

The group is currently playing local shows and polishing up the 24 tracks recorded over four days at IV Lab Studios in Chicago. Look for a release before SXSW in March...

$50.00 - $80.00


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