“Train Keeps A Rolling” is Golub’s first new album since losing his vision two years ago when his optic nerves mysteriously collapsed. The album title refers to an incident last September when the New York City-based musician made television newscasts after falling onto the subway tracks and getting clipped and dragged by a train. In the month since the soul-jazz album featuring jazz-rock keyboard pioneer Brian Auger was released, Golub and Auger completed a concert tour to launch the record in six major U.S. cities with the Washington, DC date recorded for multiple national airings on Sirius XM Radio over Labor Day weekend. The release appeals to multiple radio formats and tracks continue to receive airplay from smooth jazz, jazz, blues and triple A stations. Golub is being profiled in both Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines.
Golub produced the collection with Grammy-nominated producer Bud Harner, who suggested the collaboration with Auger. Marrying Golub’s rock, jazz and blues guitar licks to Auger’s Hammond B3 and vintage Fender Rhodes fostered a groovy, retro sound with a lot of soul. “Train Keeps A Rolling” is chugging right along with the first single, “Pusherman,” speeding up to #2 on Billboard, poised to pull into the #1 position.
The guitarist wrote a pair of songs for the album, including the title track, and Auger contributed two tunes along with classic numbers that were originally recorded by Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express in the 1970s. Two original musicians from Oblivion Express – drummer Steve Ferrone and vocalist Alex Ligertwood – appear on “Train Keeps A Rolling” with bass duties handled on the disc by Derek Frank who has a history of playing with the keyboardist. Christopher Cross and Ambrosia’s David Pack croon a couple of vocal numbers and the entire album is ignited by a powerful and precise horn section composed of Mindi Abair, Nick Lane, Dave Woodford and Steve Madaio.
While Golub’s ripping retelling of the gritty Curtis Mayfield street chronicle, “Pusherman,” does brisk business on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Songs chart, influential Philadelphia, Penna. triple A radio station WXPN selected the Golub/Auger soulful rocker “Happiness Is Just Around The Bend” as the “Gotta Hear Song of the Week.”