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Billboard: Ghost Hounds New Album, ‘Roses Are Black’

In a recent article from Billboard, writer Gary Graff describes the return of Ghost Hounds, leading up to the release of their new album, Roses Are Black.

“Ghost Hounds could not have asked for a more auspicious return to active duty this year.

The Pittsburgh-based rock quintet has been busy, and visible, leading up to the Nov. 5 release of Roses Are Black…. which ends a 10-year gap between albums. Ghost Hounds opened for the Rolling Stones during July in Washington, D.C. and recently played several dates supporting ZZ Top and Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. “When you get a chance to play not only with icons but whose songs you grew up with and were inspired by, it truly is a privilege,” Ghost Hounds guitarist and founder Thomas Tull tells Billboard. “It really is a blast.”

Tull wrote and produced Roses Are Black with singer-songwriter David Grissom (John Mellencamp, Dixie Chicks, Joe Ely) and Kevin Rowe (Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd), with legendary engineer Eddie Kramer (Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix) also on board. The set runs the gamut, from Stones-style rockers to country-flavored ballads, along with a cover of Cliff Richard’s “Devil Woman.””

– Gary Graff, Billboard

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Ghost Hounds Open for Bob Seger in Pittsburgh

In his recent coverage of Bob Seger’s farewell tour, Scott Tady, writer for The Times, applauds Ghost Hounds for their tight sound and rock n’ roll meets blues boogie as they opened for Seger on October 17, 2019 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

“And like “Rock and Roll Never Forgets” reminds us, there’s always new bands out there playing it loud and lean, just like Thursday’s opening act, Ghost Hounds.

The Pittsburgh-based band earned hearty applause for its tight sound. Delivering rock ‘n’ roll with a blues boogie, Ghost Hounds ripped through songs from a debut album arriving in November, plus a wicked-cool cover of ’70s song “Devil Woman,” which has become a setlist staple. Staying on the road with Seger as he plays his final week of shows, after earlier this autumn supporting ZZ Top on the road, Ghost Hounds are led by the soulful singing of Tre Nation, who’s often smiling or twirling his microphone, and the rugged yet smooth tandem guitar of Johnny Baab and Thomas Tull, part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. No wonder Franco Harris introduced them on stage.

Though a big part of the Ghost Hounds’ fun Thursday was watching keyboardist Joe Munroe, of Center Township, whose fleet finger work grabbed the attention during the band’s final song, “Bad News.” Munroe also chipped in with vocal harmonies on several songs. With his head tilted back and a look of delight on his face, you had to wonder if, at some point, he was thinking about the times he had sat in the audience at that same arena, or at the ol’ Civic Arena across the street.

Indeed, rock and roll never forgets.”

– Scott Tady, The Times

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Rockers of Ghost Hounds To Open For ZZ Top This Fall

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Ghost Hounds, the rock group who garnered attention while opening for The Rolling Stones earlier this year, have been announced as the opening act for ZZ Top’s 50th Anniversary Tour this fall.

The Pittsburgh-based band will provide support on dates kicking-off on October 22 in Melbourne, Florida, followed by gigs in cities like Bethlehem, Erie, and Tallahassee. They’ll appear at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, as well as Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut and Wings Event Center in Missouri. The group, founded by guitarist Thomas Tull, will be touring in support of their forthcoming record, Roses Are Black. Tull will be take the stage with a new lineup including guitarist Johnny Baab, bassist Bennett Miller, drummer Blaise Lanzetta, and vocalist Tre Nation.

While Ghost Hounds broke up years ago for Tull to focus on Legendary Entertainment’s round of hit films like “Jurassic World,” “Straight Outta Compton,” and “The Hangover,” as well as other ventures, he decided that after seling Legendary in 2016, he was ready to “push that old rock (and roll) back up the hill.”

“I missed music,” Tull said in a press release. “I missed writing. I missed performing. I missed the camaraderie of a band. I decided this was something I really wanted to do.”

He described these new songs as a part of an “old-fashioned record, where you can listen to the record and then go hear the band and say, ‘Yeah, that’s the song I heard,’” noting that “there’s nothing we can’t pull off live.”

ZZ Top were slated to kick-off their tour later this month, but the band’s drummer, Frank Beard, was diagnosed with pneumonia and was told to rest by doctors. The first four dates of their tour have been called-off; shows will pick-up on August 21 in Woodinville, Washington. Check out the group’s full round of tour dates below, and those with Ghost Hounds.

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ZZ Top 50th Anniversary Tour 2019

08/21 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle
08/23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/24 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
08/25 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
08/27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theater
08/28 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
08/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
09/01 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
09/04 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilio
09/06 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/07 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/08 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater
09/10 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center
09/11 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion
09/13 – Ocean City, MD @ Ocean City BikeFest
09/14 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
09/18 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
09/19 – Wantagh. NY @ Jones Beach Theater
09/21 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion
09/22 – Louisville, KY @ Champions Park
10/05 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
10/06 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
10/09 – Charleston, SC @ Volvo Cars Stadium
10/11 – Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center
10/12 – Manchester, TN @ Exit 111 Festival
10/13 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre
10/15 – Augusta, GA @ James Brown Arena
10/16 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
10/18 – Estero FL @ Hertz Arena
10/19 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre

with Ghost Hounds
10/22 – King Center for the Performing Arts @ Melbourne, FL
10/23 – Donald L. Tucker Civic Center @ Tallahassee, FL
10/25 – MGM National Harbor @ Oxon Hill, MD
10/26 – The Wind Creek Event Center @ Bethlehem, PA
10/27 – Foxwoods Resort Casino @ Mashantucket, CT
10/29 – Warner Theatre @ Erie, PA
10/30 – Wings Event Center @ Kalamazoo, MI

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