#196 – Richard Barone – Phantom Train

Long before Richard Barone embarked on a successful solo career, he fronted the Hoboken band the Bongos.  The group enjoyed critical acclaim, college radio success, and even got some videos played on early MTV.  But by 1986, the band was falling apart.  They recorded a final album in the Bahamas, but it remained unreleased, and Barone went solo.  Now, after over 25 years, Phantom Train finally gets a proper release.  Full of the chiming guitars and haunting melodies that were characteristics of the band’s best moments. We talk to Barone about why 2013 was the right time to release these tracks, how these songs figured into his next project, Cool Blue Halo, and the recent reunion of the Bongos.