The Clubhouse at This Old House will present “oldternative” bluegrass band Little Black Train on Friday, April 23, 2010 to celebrate the release of their new album “Little Black Train.” The cozy lounge with stone firepace and rustic beams will form the backdrop for Kenny Blackwell’s blazing mandolin, John Weed’s fiery Irish fiddling, and Stuart Mason’s songs of old-time Americana.
With its all-star lineup of veteran string wizards, Little Black Train will perform vintage fiddle tunes and old-time songs from their new release. From Depression-era gospel to Appalachian and and Celtic dance tunes, they explore the roots of bluegrass that date back to the nineteenth century and earlier. They employ the time-honored folk process to combine new words and melodies with traditional songs from sources such as the Carter Family, Doc Boggs, and Charlie Poole. The new record also includes fiddle tunes from archival sources in West Virginia, Ireland, and Scotland. The band, which has been together since last August, took its name from an old-time gospel number that was the favorite song of John’s four year old son at the time.
“For regular fans, they should come out and hear our new material with my banjo. And we’re working some old country blues into our sets as well, since bluegrass was greatly influenced by Southern blues,” says Stuart Mason. “For those who haven’t heard us before, they may have heard Kenny around the county in his other bands, and of course John and myself in Molly’s Revenge. Little Black Train allows all three of us to kick some butt in an acoustic trio format, which is a fun alternative to our other bands. John and I still can’t believe that Kenny said yes to this project!”
Little Black Train CD Release Party
The Clubhouse at This Old House, 740 W. Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Friday April 23 2010, 7:00 p.m. Cost: $10
Stuart Mason (stu-at-helmintoller.com)