Disc proudly announces the arrival of Old School Freight Train
(OSFT) and their exciting debut recording, Run. 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.
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 Grismanís Quintet on percussion.
Run is a new acoustic work of the highest order that embraces
both quality and accessibility. You're destined to like it.