Ghost Town Ramblers
with Kay Miracle and Lou Kaplan
Hailing from the back roads and small towns of New York, songwriters Lou Kaplan and Kay Miracle found themselves at a crossroads where an outlaw and a troubadour collided in a storm of Southern Rock, Alt Country, Blues and Folk. Combining their love of American roots music, Lou and Kay decided to take the road less traveled and formed an all original duo featuring harmony laden vocals and acoustic instrumentation. Armed with an extensive portfolio of original material, Lou and Kay hit the studio hard and recorded 12 songs released their debut self titled recording in June 2018. The Ghost Town Ramblers were honored to be nominated in 2019 for the Americana Sammy award for their original work and are currently in the studio with a follow up project in the works.
As songwriters was immediate and from the first note, Kay and Lou were able to merge their past experiences into a new direction and sound with their brand of raw, untamed, original music.
Lou Kaplan founded and fronted the Southern rock band “Mad Jack” writing and playing his own brand of Outlaw music throughout the East. During the bands hugely popular 20 plus year history, Mad Jack released five CDs and played an excess of 1000 shows, appearing with National acts such as The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet and Blackfoot.
During this time
Lou Kaplan signed as the bass player to tour across the country and record for legendary blues rockers “Savoy Brown”. After a long successful run with “Mad Jack” Lou continued his journey fronting both the classic rock band Last Train Out and the outlaw country outfit Lonesome Crow while releasing his ninth and tenth CD’s respectively.
Kay Miracle’s musical journey began at an early age on the West coast performing with her sister as “The Miracle Sisters” at various State Fairs and TV shows. As a senior, Kay won the “Best Talent Award” in the “Miss Washington pageant and was awarded a college music scholarship for an original song she wrote and performed. Later Kay toured overseas for 7 years with the PACAF (Pacific Air Force) and USO military tours entertaining troops stationed across the globe.
Kay settled in New York and founded the Alternative Country band “Reckless Drivin”, releasing two CD’s, and winning 5 “Sammy Awards” honoring Central New York artists. The band performed at the NXNE music festival in Toronto Canada, opened for National acts, and made “No Depression” magazine’s “Ultimate New Band List”.
Returning to her songwriting roots, Kay formed “Kay & The Miracle Cure” releasing her CD “Buck Naked Demos”. She also tours as a “Last Honky Tonk Music Series” artist and has performed at the “Road to 3rd Street Songwriter Festival in Morgan City, LA, the “TeXchromosome” Women with Texas Spirit showcase during SXSW in Austin TX, the Stage of Nations in Syracuse NY. As well as the Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland WA and the Tucson Folk Festival in AZ. As an independent female artist her music can be heard on Women of Substance Radio, TeXchromosome radio, as well as on SongLadder, Youtube and Reverbnation.
As the “Ghost Town Ramblers” Lou and Kay plan to continue performing, writing and recording their extensive body of original material. Their shows are a perfect blend of harmony and wit as they tell their unique “stories” behind each song, bringing back a roots revival of America’s heartland here in Upstate New York.
The Americana duo, Ghost Town Ramblers (Kay Miracle and Lou Kaplan with Mick Walker instrumentation) newly released video of “Stars Long Gone”, shot and directed by Monk and Claudia Kieffer.
Ghost Town Ramblers – Santa Fe
Ghost Town Ramblers – “8-Ball” shot live by Juan Junco at the Stage of Nations.
In November of 2016 I played a songwriter showcase at the Apple Station Winery in Cayuga, N.Y. Also on the bill that night was my friend Kay Miracle.
Like me, Kay had spent the better part of the last 40 years on the road playing her songs for all who would listen. After Kay and I played back to back sets, her friends remarked that our singing, songwriting, and performances so complemented the other’s that we should consider forming a duo.
Soon we were jamming together and in each other recognized a kindred spirit hell bent on creating honest, organic, acoustic roots music of the highest possible quality.
Kay named the duo Ghost Town Ramblers in honor of our fallen musical heroes who continue to inspire us.
Meet The Ramblers
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for this songwriting duo comprised of Lou Kaplan and Kay Miracle.
Inspired by their musical roots the Ghost Town Ramblers have channeled their Outlaw Country Blues Heroes mixed with the influential folk rock songs by the pioneers of the folk rock movement into their own Americana sound.
From live performances to studio sessions and supporting various causes, the Ghost Town Ramblers continues to touch fans around the world with their distinct brand of songwriting backed by performances that embrace their passion for creating original music .
Explore the site and get ready to discover a brand of music that speaks from the heart and lingers long after the last note is played.
News and reviews
“Just saw the Ghost Town Ramblers tonight for the first time along with my wife and friend Wayne. To say I was pleased would be an understatement. They were everything I expected (knowing Lou Kaplan for a lifetime) and more. Life is short! If you are the type who enjoys original true life stories, set to music with articulate acoustic instrumentation, flawless two part harmony vocals and an “Americana” style of songs with a warm, friendly delivery, you need to see this show. Lou and Kay have the better part of a century of musical experience (sorry… didn’t mean to age you guys… lol) between them and it is easy to see in their meticulous attack. Do yourself a favor and check ’em out. You won’t be sorry… and grab their new CD!”
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”