If I love classic rock, what new music might I enjoy? I often hear lines by people—usually old-timers, that there is no good new music anymore, and that nothing is ever good as the music from the decade from when the person saying it—grew up. In reality, there is ALWAYS great new music from every generation, and every year. You just have to LOOK. Now the term “classic rock” can be fairly widespread, but to me, would be bands including: Led Zeppelin, The Who, The Beatles, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Rush, The Police, and countless more. With that said, here are just a few new bands worth checking out: I am quite impressed with “61 Ghosts” out of New England, Maine. They range from this driving cut to soulful folk, blues style rock. ”

Bruce Edwin, Talent Manager (2001-present)

New England's Hottest New Rock and Blues Band: 61 Ghosts

61 Ghosts Charts Over 200 Live Gigs Worldwide, Landing Critical Acclaim

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, June 23, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Just south of Canada, beneath the Appalachian Mountains, and just north of the Atlantic Ocean, lies the haunted New England land of Maine; home to world-famous horror and ghost writer Stephen King, and home to rock and roll’s infamous own “61 Ghosts”—spawned from the ashes of The New York Dolls’ Johnny Thunders, with Joe Mazzari (vocals, guitar), and the thundering Mississippi Hill Country Blues rhythms of Dixie Deadwood on percussion. Together, they are America’s own “61 Ghosts,” one of the most unique bands of their style to emerge since ZZ Top crushed the world, taking rock and blues to a whole new level.  

Playing original electric blues and rock and roll backed with a touch of punk spirit and folk rock rebellion, “61 Ghosts” has drawn in the admirers of all from fans of John Cougar Mellencamp, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Bob Dylan, and Iggy and the Stooges to name a few. 

With drummer Dixie Deadwood having performed for 15 years, and Joe Mazzari rocking for over 40, yet together as “61 Ghosts” for just several, the duo have still managed to rack up an impressive 200 plus gigs together under their belts and growing--across the U.S. and multiple continents. They have won over tens of thousands of satisfied fans, building a solid reputation as a great live band, and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. 

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Joe Mazzari’s early infamous bands include “The Daughters,” “Two Saints,” “Jerry Nolan” “ and “Walter Lure” of “The Heartbreakers,” as well as Jacknife Beat” and “The Joe Mazzari Band.” Joe was also a touring member of Johnny Thunders' solo band who he recorded three albums with among more. With "Johnny Thunders," Joe Mazzari also worked with legendary record producer Jimmy Miller, whose production credits included "The Rolling Stones," "Motorhead," and "Steve Winwood" among others. 

Praised by Grammy Nominated Cedric Burnside, drummer Dixie Deadwood formerly played with electric blues legend "Leo ‘Bud’ Welch", among more. With Joe and Dixie together, “61 Ghosts” are nothing short of a masterful duo, ready to tour non-stop and rock the world like they provenly know how. 

“61 Ghosts” debut album, titled “Mercy,” features the cult-classic “Black Cadillac,” an uproarious, rocking cut in the spirit of Steppenwolf’s classic “Born to be Wild--” both instant road-trip classics. Their latest single “Blindfold Love” rips in the similar vein, with Joe’s crushing guitar—sounding out of this world, and Dixies’ driving beats cementing this track as yet another new favorite. Flowing seamlessly from roadhouse tavern rock and blues to first-date worthy folk-ballads, the band lets loose with cuts including “Glimpse of You,” which compositionally harkens to Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen; a brilliant, heartwarming song. 

Life Philosophy: 

Dixie states, “ I feel we are all energetic beings. Quantum physics states that everything vibrates and creates a frequency. Since we are all energy, then that must mean we can receive and transmit information at every moment, and that our thoughts are energy too. We truly create our life from what we think about daily. Fear is the worst vibration. It will hold you hostage and frozen in time.”

Joe states, "Life's simply too short to waste time being negative. It seems clear to me, if you put out good feelings and are helpful to others, it comes back to you. It's good to help others." 

In a world of new challenges and pain, “61 Ghosts” are a classic, unique, and gracious band to fill your spirit with something beautiful and new.



The second I heard the guitar on “Black Cadillac,” I knew I was going to be hooked on 61 Ghosts. Killer guitar and tearing vocals by Joe, with solid rocking drums by Dixie Deadwood. Outstanding. ”

— The Hollywood Sentinel

61 Ghosts hails from New England, fronted by Joe Mazzari (vocals, guitar), who toured and recorded with Johnny Thunders of New York Dolls fame, and rounded out by Dixie Deadwood (drums), formerly playing with blues legend Leo ‘Bud’ Welch. Dixie brings a steady cyclone of power to the striking sound of this powerful duo, blending Mississippi Hill Country Blues and Rock 'n Roll with Mazzari’s memorable voice and searing guitar. Definitely one’s to watch out for!”

— News Blaze

Joe Mazarri tears between Dylanesque ballads of heartwarming poetry, and rollicking jams of sweat drenched rock and roll. Dixie Deadwood, with arms of steel on percussion rounds out this solid duo to the hilt.”

— Subnormal Magazine

61 Ghosts conjour up the dreamy delta and the gritty mean streets in the same breath. The attitude is as much punk as it is blues, but Mazzari’s lyrics have a poetic quality that adds another compelling dimension, while his guitar solos create a dynamic of their own. ”

— Classic Rock Magazine - Hugh Felder

61 Ghosts is like being dragged behind an old Harley through the Americana Badlands.”

— Lester Thompson, Music Critic San Francisco Review

Two well traveled rockers meet up in blues country just as electricity came to the area. Powered with the kind of sincerity that sneaks upon you and makes you a fan before you know it, the power, intensity and passion here make this a keeper for the play list. White kids with the blues and a vision for pushing tradition into the future, this is a lot more fun that you might have expected. By all means check it out.”

— Chris Spector Midwest Record Entertainment Reviews, News, and Views

Dixie is dedicated to hill country blues, playing the style correctly and passionately. Deep blues indeed. ”

— Blues Revue Magazine