Tylor and the Train Robbers
Boise, ID based band Tylor & the Train Robbers, comprised of Tylor Ketchum, his brothers Jason and Tommy Bushman and his father-in-law Johnny “Shoes” Pisano deliver a perfect, lyric-driven blend of Roots Country and modern Americana music. Paired with their unrelenting dedication to the road, they have earned the reputation of hardworking professionals whose live shows highlight the connectedness that they’ve acquired not only from years of playing together, but also from the family bond that they all share.
Their latest album, Non-Typical Find, is the band’s third independently released studio album and marks their first project with producer Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly. The eleven song compilation showcases Ketchum’s songwriting genius with subject material ranging from current events to harrowing tales of dead bodies discovered. The band delivers with the tight, dynamic sound they are known for and, on this album, raises the bar by including a few talented friends whose musical contributions add nuance and texture to the band’s already solid sound. The outcome is an album that is an honest and intriguing blend of Ketchum’s lyrical talent and the musical chemistry of the band.
Raised an hour drive from New Orleans in Mississippi, a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up with great respect for the blues, gospel, and country sound that has defined the area's artistic heritage. Joe's own family has contributed to that great legacy. His Grandfather, the noted early Nashville Country artist B.J. "the D.J." Johnson, was a recording engineer, disc jockey, and Grand Ole Opry performer and many in his family were and are well known Gospel performers.
Joe began his career in the music-rich city of Hattiesburg, Mississippi in the late '90s, playing house parties and bars like The Thirsty Hippo, T Bone Records, and Gus' Cafe alongside some of the greats in the scene including Cary Hudson, Chance Fisher, Thomas Jackson, Mark Mann, This Orange Four, and countless others.
For more than 15 years Joe has called Southern Colorado home. Almost half of that time was spent fronting "Creating a Newsense", a Southern Colorado rock and roll band which maintains an avid cult fan base despite its dissolution in 2011. The group released four albums and played hundreds of shows during its life while helping to establish the foundation of what is now a burgeoning Colorado Springs music community.
Following Newsense, Joe released his debut solo effort "A Time To Dance" on Pueblo, Colorado-based Blank Tape Records. It was a stark departure from his previous work, a minimalist acoustic folk album recorded on reel to reel tape with songs of hope, despair, longing, and loss. The album won him many new fans while also introducing some longtime listeners to a softer and more story-based side of his work.
In 2013 Joe recorded his second offering on Blank Tape with a band featuring some of the best players in Southern Colorado's folk and Americana music scene. "New West Sound" mixes saloon country and bluegrass gospel with dirty blues rock and lonesome ballads, all while maintaining a steady thread of lyricism and storytelling.
Joe is currently writing and recording new material and his electric guitar work with Grant Sabin & The Juke Joint Highball can be heard on the album "Bourbon & Milk", which the group released in 2017.
His music has been featured in the documentary "A Nickle and A Nail" and in the upcoming film "Making a Killing" and has been sampled and covered by artists across America as well as Europe and Australia. Joe has a genuine dedication to his family and community and a real connection to his fans the world over.