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About Us

WHISKEY TRAIN

WHISKEY TRAIN was formed back in 2012 by Johnny Smoke and Rich Sorenson as a vehicle to pay homage to their favorite guitar heroes.  Since that time, Johnny led the band through many classic guitar-based songs by such timeless artists as Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, and Stevie Ray Vaughn.  As the years went on, the band continued to widen their net, covering such other guitar rock artists as ZZ Top, Kenny Wayne Shepard, UFO, Golden Earring, CCR, and many others.  After putting the band on hiatus for a few years, Johnny met Florida transplant Scott "The Professor" White while playing in another popular area band.  With Scott's dynamic bass playing style, Johnny immediately felt the chemistry the two shared on stage and discussed bringing the WHISKEY TRAIN experience back to the local music scene.  Reconnecting with Rich, Johnny and Scott decided to bring back the 3-piece, guitar-based rock and roll they all love and share it with everyone.  Over the years, the guys have played such high profile local shows as the Burning Girl Festival, the Relay for Life Benefit, Harley-Davidson Street Vibrations, the Reno-Tahoe Festival, California's annual Death Ride, as well as many of the Carson Valley area's smaller indoor venues.  The band's number one criteria has always been that the songs stay pure and uncluttered by trickery such as MIDI backing tracks that are used by so many of today's live acts.  WHISKEY TRAIN believes that true live rock and roll should be played 100% raw and live to maintain its purity; for that reason, what you hear at a WHISKEY TRAIN appearance is only pure live rock and roll.  Whiskey Train is also a fully self-contained band with full lights and PA, capable of handling any small-to-midsize indoor or outdoor event.  With all professional equipment and a small stage footprint, the band are just as comfortable on a small club stage (or floor) as they are on the big stage.

The Band

Johnny Smoke

Johnny, born and raised in the Bay area, was always into the electric blues guitar sound.  Deciding that he too wanted to become a six-string blues master, John taught himself how to play by listening to his idols and honing his craft.  Playing the local blues circuit for many years, John eventually relocated to the Lake Tahoe area.  Once there, he continued to make a name for himself in the local scene playing in such well-known area bands as Skychurch and Above & Beyond; John eventually went on to form his own band Whiskey Train and so the legend began.  With a distinct sound that reflects his love of guitarists such as Robin Trower and Jimi Hendrix, John uses only Fender Stratocaster guitars and Marshall amplification to get there.

Scott "The Professor" White

Since his first stage performance at the age of 6, Scott has always felt right at home on a stage.  It was only natural that this would lead him to pick up a guitar and start performing at a young age.  After playing his first paid band gig at 14 and first weekly club gigs at 16, he has never looked back.  After taking some time away from the music business to serve his country in the US military, Scott returned to the Florida music scene to pick up where he left off.  During the years that followed, Scott has had the privilege of sharing a stage with such well-known bands as .38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot, Great White, and Atlanta Rhythm Section, to name just a few.  Much like the pioneers of old though, Scott felt the pull of the West; searching for that elusive musical gold, he packed up all of his belongings and headed for the beautiful mining town of Reno, Nevada.  Now as the newest member of Whiskey Train, he's ready to tap into that musical gold mine.

Rich Sorenson

Hailing from the Bay area of California, Rich grew up watching many of the great late 60s acts at famous venues like the Winterland and the Fillmore West.  Seeing great blues artists such as Paul Butterfield, Taj Mahal, and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Rich was bitten by the performance bug at an early age.  Starting off playing the blues harmonica professionally at 15, Rich later switched over to drums.  Eventually he formed his own band, Factoryedge, that remained together for 10 years.  Rich even got to hang out at the infamous Chateau Liberté in the Santa Cruz mountains back in the early days, with such bands as The Doobie Brothers (not to mention many members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle club as well). Eventually relocating to the Carson City area, Rich connected with Johnny back in 2012 and Whiskey Train was born.


Upcoming Appearances

Saturday, June 9th, 8-11pm

The Hellfire Saloon

3372 So. McCarran Blvd

Reno, NV  89502

Saturday, June 23rd, 7pm-10pm

Washoe Camp Saloon

3155 Eastlake Boulevard

New Washoe City, NV

Friday, August 3rd, 8pm-12am

Nevada Ugly

1433 US Highway 395N, Ste A

Gardnerville, NV

Friday & Saturday, September 14-15, 9pm-1am

The Loft

@ The Carson Nugget

507 N. Carson St.

Carson City, NV

(775) 882-1626

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Previous Appearances

Friday & Saturday, April 27-28, 9pm-1am

The Loft

@ The Carson Nugget

507 N. Carson St.

Carson City, NV

(775) 882-1626

Saturday, April 21st, 9pm-1am

Sparks Lounge

1237 Baring Blvd 

Sparks, NV

(775) 409-3340

Saturday, March 17th, 8pm-12am

Nevada Ugly

1433 US Highway 395 N, Ste A

Gardnerville, NV

Live Audio Sampler

A sampler of several live audio clips....just click on play and enjoy.

Live Videos

TOO ROLLING STONED

(originally recorded 

by Robin Trower).

ARRESTED FOR DRIVING WHILE BLIND 

(originally recorded by Z.Z. Top)

STONE FREE

(originally recorded

  by Jimi Hendrix)

Born on the Bayou

(originally recorded by CCR)

Simple Man

(Originally recorded by

  Lynyrd Skynyrd)

Play That Funky Music

(originally recorded

  by Wild Cherry)

Artist List

Robin Trower

Guns and Roses

UFO

Bad Company

Jimi Hendrix

Styx

Wilson Pickett

Aerosmith

Deep Purple

James Gang

Z.Z.Top

Lynyrd Skynyrd

J.J. Cale

Seven Mary Three

Foreigner

Billy Squire

CCR

Spirit

Steve Miller Band

Ted Nugent

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Nirvana

Golden Earring

Pearl Jam

Radiohead

The Beatles

Dire Straits

Bob Seger

Molly Hatchet

Cracker

Wild Cherry

Neil Young

Scorpions

Kenny Wayne Shepard

Free

Collective Soul

Journey

Eric Clapton

and more being added all the time



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