Ghost Hounds' Thomas Tull: “There's always a prodigy in town who can pick up the guitar and just play. That was not me – I had to really work at it!”

Ghost Hounds
(Image credit: Alba Tull)

You can tell a lot about a band by the company they keep and the stages they’ve shared. Take Ghost Hounds, a rock ’n’ roll blues band out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have put miles on the clock with the likes of ZZ Top and Bob Seger – and perhaps most significantly, the Rolling Stones.

As guitarist and co-founder Thomas Tull tells it, they were his big musical epiphany growing up. To a 12-year-old kid growing up in the ‘80s, an “old soul” who had just picked up the electric guitar and was weaning himself on the blues, Jagger and Richards’ combustible social commentary and the irresistible grooves of Gimme Shelter cracked the whole world open.

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Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.