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OLD SCHOOL FREIGHT TRAIN
Blending jazz, Latin, Celtic, bluegrass and pop, Old School Freight Train (OSFT) creates electrifying acoustic music. This young Charlottesville, VA based group instantly carved their own unique sound, attracting a diverse audience since their inception in 2000. After gaining a loyal local following, the band gained national recognition touring the country and winning awards at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass and Rockygrass Bluegrass contests.

Old School Freight Train's sound is synergistic and ultimately compelling. Banjoist Ben Krakauer, originally from Williamsburg, VA met mandolinist Pete Frostic who was at the time in college in Williamsburg. The two instantly had a musical connection, pushing the envelope of bluegrass. Lead vocalist and guitarist Jesse Harper soon joined the band and recruited bassist Darrell Muller from North Carolina. The band relocated to the Charlottesville area and began to further develop their sound with the addition of fiddler Nate Leath. A North Carolina native who is currently finishing up his degree at the Berklee School of Music, Nate's poetic fiddling adds just the sound the band needed to round out their style.

OSFT released their first self-titled record in 2002. The Independent Music Awards picked up on their compelling sound and chose them as finalists for best bluegrass album of the year. With an increase in touring after the release of this record, the band began to establish their identity within the acoustic music world.

Mandolin master David Grisman heard their music in the fall of 2004 and viewed the band as "an emerging force to reckon with in today's world of acoustic music." Grisman invited the band to record at his Dawg Studios in Northern California and manned the production and recording along with Dave Dennison. From these sessions came Run, OSFT's dynamic second CD and their first for Acoustic Disc, Grisman's acclaimed independent label.

Run features ten originals and two covers - an outrageous acoustic version of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and a beautiful interpretation of Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927." Grisman and percussionist Joe Craven join the band on "Euridice," a sultry bossa nova. Run spans a broad spectrum of contemporary styles and highlights their instrumental virtuosity, smooth soulful vocals, captivating melodies and musical passion. Old School Freight Train offers a unique musical experience that's both tangible and of superior quality, raising the bar in acoustic music. They are the new band to watch.