About Us


WHISKEY TRAIN was formed back in 2012 , Over the years, the boys have played such high profile local shows as the Burning Girl Festival, 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.

Upcoming Appearances

Friday, Sept 7th, 8pm-Midnight

McP's Taphouse Grill

4125 Lake Tahoe Blvd

Lake Tahoe, CA

Friday & Saturday, Sept 14th-15th, 9pm-1am

The Loft

@ The Carson Nugget

507 N. Carson St.

Carson City, NV

Friday & Saturday, Nov 23rd-24th, 9pm-1am

The Loft

@ The Carson Nugget

507 N. Carson St.

Carson City, NV

More to come.....

Keep checking back for more dates being added all the time.

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Artist List

Robin Trower

Guns and Roses

Chambers Brothers

Robert Palmer


Bad Company

Jimi Hendrix


Wilson Pickett


Collective Soul


James Gang


Lynyrd Skynyrd



Ted Nugent

Stevie Ray Vaughn


Golden Earring


The Beatles

Dire Straits

Molly Hatchet


Wild Cherry

Neil Young


Kenny Wayne Shepard


Eric Clapton

--and many more --

Meet 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.

Scotty Whiskey

Since his first stage performance at the age of 6, Scotty 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.  Over the years that followed, he 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.  As the newest member of WHISKEY TRAIN, Scotty looks forward to burning up the stage with his bandmates John and Rich for many years to come.

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 on the blues harmonica at 15, Rich later switched over to drums and never looked back.  Eventually forming the band  Factoryedge, Rich played all around the California region for the next 10 years.  He 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 . Eventually relocating to the Carson City area, Rich connected with Johnny back in 2012 and Whiskey Train was born.

Live Videos


(originally recorded 

by Robin Trower).


(originally recorded by Z.Z. Top)


(originally recorded

  by Jimi Hendrix)

Born on the Bayou

(originally recorded by CCR)

Little Wing

(originally recorded by Jimi Hendrix)


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For bookings: (775) 230-4458