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Old School Freight Train on Folk & Beyond
Old School Freight Train on Folk & Beyond with Aer Stephen,
Thursday, May 12, 6-7 PM.

Join Aer Stephen of Folk & Beyond when he hosts a very special in-studio live performance of (OSFT), as we celebrate the release of their exciting debut CD on Acoustic Disc, Run. Recorded at Dawg Studios, and produced by the Dawg himself, David Grisman, the CD is just the first part of the story. Tune in for the rest of the exciting news and jamming performance.

This dynamic young band from Charlottesville, Virginia, creates an innovative style that is a force to reckon with in the world of contemporary acoustic music. Combining thought-provoking lyrics with captivating melodies, soulful vocals, virtuosic instrumentals and imaginative arrangements, OSFT offers a unique musical experience that speaks far beyond their years. OSFT hit the local music scene around the start of 2001. After creating a local buzz and touring regionally, OSFT is rapidly gaining recognition in the national acoustic music scene. OSFT explores bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, classical, afro-Cuban, and rhythm & blues, creating a unique and compelling sound.

Old School Freight Train OSFT has already earned awards at two prestigious Colorado band contests, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2001) and the Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Rockygrass, 2002). Its members have also won awards as individual instrumentalists in contests at both MerleFest (Merlefest 2002, 2003) and Rockygrass (2000, 2002). OSFT was nominated in the 35th Annual Grammy Awards for best bluegrass album, and they were finalists in the Independent Music Awards (IMA) in 2003. Most recently OSFT has recorded four different "Pickin' On" albums (Ben Harper, Cold Play, Wilco and Air) for the Los Angeles based CMH records.

Old School Freight Train is comprised of the distinctly smooth vocals and songwriting talent of guitarist Jesse Harper, the ecstatic mandolin stylings of Pete Frostic, Ben Krakauer's jazzy 5-string banjo finesse, the poetic fiddling of Nate Leath and backbone upright bass of Darrell Muller. Their synergistic interaction and contagious musical passion has made them the new acoustic band to watch.

Run is produced by Acoustic Disc founder and mandolin master David Grisman, whom upon hearing OSFT was left with quite the first impression: "After forty years of recording acoustic music, itís not very often that a new band catches-and keeps-my attention. Old School Freight Train has done that and more."

The twelve tracks on Run span a broad spectrum of contemporary styles. The pop-driven title track kicks off the disc with a rolling groove and inspired solos that will have heads turning and feet dancing. Harperís introspective vocals shine on "Drama Queen," "Broken Pieces" and crowd favorite "Dance." R&B meets old-time music with their infectious take on Stevie Wonderís "Superstition" and their rendition of the Randy Newman classic "Louisiana 1927" is captivating. "Henry Brown" has natural appeal for bluegrass lovers, as does the rapid fire "Lookee Here." On the instrumental side, OSFT get to show their stuff with the exotic "Tango Chutney," the Celtic flavored anthem "Mr. Parshifís Jig," "Trick Dog," a mando-cello tour de force and "Euridice," a sultry bossa nova which features producer Grisman on mandolin and Joe Craven from Grisman's Quintet on percussion.

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