Ghosts on the Wall is an Indie Rock band from the Canton area of Baltimore, MD. The group began as a solo project by Johnny Burke in January of 2017. Johnny was a staple in the Fells Point music scene for years playing lead and rhythm guitar for bands such as Invisible Republic, The Reverend Jack Starr Band and The Mayan Factor. He began Ghosts on the Wall as a way to put out his own material that was never recorded and to pursue his long desire to create a band that combined his favorite influences. The core of the band is Johnny Burke on guitar, vocals, moog and synth, Baltimore music scene veterans Frank Lootens on drums and Kevin Riordan on bass. However, the band occasionally brings in other players for live shows and studio work. They took the name Ghosts on the Wall due to the fact that while working on material for their debut EP, Johnny and his wife Kara’s newborn son Little J would be fixated on the same spot on the wall in their Canton home. This phenomenon extended to their family dog Jenny as she would also stare at this same spot on the wall. While Johnny was plucking the guitar one day in their living room, Kara jokingly suggested the name and it stuck.
The sound of Ghosts on the Wall can be described as guitar driven Indie Rock with elements of Blues, Classic Rock and Country. Johnny maintains that the band’s influences include the likes of Bob Dylan, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Eddie Money. Ghosts released their first single Way too Far on their own label KB Productions in the spring of 2018 to positive reviews. That same year in the fall the band released their first EP, Intelligent Fool to a packed house at the Fishhead Cantina in Baltimore. Intelligent Fool is a Rock and Roll gem that delves into the universal themes of love, loss and good times. Currently the band is working on tracks for their first LP. Ghosts on the Wall is a brotherhood made up of professionals that can play any room and on any stage. They pride themselves on being able to rock a 4 hour set of covers ranging from Classic Rock to Country or delivering an hour set of original music that will leave crowds wanting more!