New York, NY: If “It ain’t no. 1 until it is no. 1 in Billboard,” guitarist Jeff Golub can justifiably claim to have a no. 1 single with his ripping retelling of the gritty Curtis Mayfield street chronicle, “Pusherman.” The first single from Golub’s newly released “Train Keeps A Rolling,” which he recorded with jazz-rock keyboard pioneer Brian Auger,” “Pusherman” pulls into the no. 1 position on the Billboard BDS Smooth Jazz Songs chart dated September 28th.
Golub’s Entertainment One Music release with multi-format appeal is chugging right along. Tracks from “Train Keeps A Rolling” have also received airplay from jazz, blues and triple A radio stations with influential Philadelphia, Penna. triple A station WXPN selecting the soulful rocker “Happiness Is Just Around The Bend” as the “Gotta Hear Song of the Week.” The critically-praised set is no. 10 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Albums sales chart and has logged time in the top 10 at iTunes and Amazon. To launch the record, Golub and Auger recently completed a concert swing through major U.S. cities with the Washington, DC date recorded for multiple national airings on Sirius XM Radio over Labor Day weekend.
“Train Keeps A Rolling” is Golub’s first new collection 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. Golub produced the record 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. 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 powder keg horn section composed of Mindi Abair, Nick Lane, Dave Woodford and Steve Madaio.
In addition to being profiled by Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines, a filmmaker is documenting Golub’s inspirational story and you can get a glimpse by viewing a clip shot at the New York City show last month here.