Swamp Train’s voyage started in the spring
of 2010 when Blaze teamed up with Nikworks and Rattlebrained to form a cigar
box guitar / washboard blues band. Thus, they played a couple of gigs as a
trio before Cut Finger climbed aboard a few month later during a lake side
pizza, stars & blues filled night. Later that year the band locked
themselves in an alpine “Deep Valais” chalet for a week and survived.
The blues covers vast territories of styles and traditions and the fact that
each member of the band comes from a different corner within the blues has
given it’s own special flavor to the band. We call it “Juke Joint Cigar Box
Guitar Blues”, in homage to the few remaining juke joints of which we hope
to grasp the spirit; loud, energetic, raise hell and get up and dance
contemporarily primitive blues music.
And BTW, we are based in Switzerland…
Swamp Train is: Big Blowin’ Blaze on vocals, cigar box
guitar and harmonica. Blaze took a plunge into the blues one wild birthday
party night, woke up the next day like a zombie possessed and marched down
off his mountain side to raid the corner store of all its harmonicas.
Locking himself in the barn for weeks on end, oblivious of the growing
concern caused by his peculiar behavior and on the brink of madness, he was
save by his dog “Spot” who heroically climbed the hefty steam engine BBQ to
jump and torpedo his way through a small and only window… in slow motion.
What happened next remains a mystery but it was reported later that Blaze
then proceeded to cut down his forest’s oldest oak tree, planted by an
ancestor years forgotten, and made Switzerland’s first cigar box guitar with
his trusted swiss army knife; unrelenting in keeping the spirit of the blues
alive in his home.
Alain Pache aka Cut Finger: lead cigar box guitars
and backing vocals. Cut Finger was a professional guitarist and stage wizard
with hundreds of concerts to boast when he was struck by a falling oak tree,
savagely cut by a demented “wild man of the woods” as an understandably
shocked Alain reported to the authorities when he was able to speak again,
three weeks later. The alleged “wild man” was never apprehended and some
even doubt his existence. Cut Finger is now a professional blues guitarist.
He also teaches guitar at one of Geneva’s best school of music (at least for
guitar lessons), is active within the group “Gospel Center” in Lausanne as
well as his own “Cut Finger Band”.
Nikworks on electric & fretless cigar box bass and
backing vocals. Nikworks has played the blues and other styles with FRANK
BARTH & the blue step walkers (F) – BONNY B. (KH) – HARPRISE & his Blues
Crew (CH) – MARK MIDDLER (CAN) – ELIOT CHAMBERS (USA) – FAMILY STYLE (CH) –
GIANNI SPANO (CH) – ANDY Egert (Swiss Blues Award Winner 2010); to name a
few hopefully showing just how much of a professional Blues, Soul and Funk
bass player he was. One afternoon while looking for mushrooms he discovered
the inanimate body of a man stuck beneath a fallen oak tree, an unfortunate
yet fateful encounter that turned out to be determinant to
a drastic devolution…
Rattlebrained on washboard, percussion, bones and backing vocals.…Meanwhile,
while hiking through a forest not too far from home, Rattlebrained, spotted
the remains of an old fallen oak tree. It reminded him of an old country
blues song once heard on the radio which he began to hum while
absentmindedly sticking a few branches from it into his knapsack to carve
into rhythm bones. Somewhat artistically inclined, he designed the band’s
logo (check out our t-shirts and other cool gear).