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Old School Freight TrainAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 10, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acoustic Disc
  • ASIN: B00080Z66K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,871 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Old School Freight Train may be the next big thing in Bluegrass -- The Boston Globe - May 20,2005

melding folk, bluegrass, jazz, soul and pop into a seamless blend with accomplished picking, great vocals and write superb songs -- Mick Skidmore - Relix Magazine - June, 2005

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Playing Time - 55:04 -- Hailing from Charlottesville, Va., Old School Freight Train is a quintet that chooses bluegrass instruments for their largely original material that incorporates blues, jazz, Latin, swing and rock grooves. Why, they even take on a Celtic motif with an original "Mr. Parshif's Jig" that eventually evolves into the lightning speed of a reel. Their only covers on this project are Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" and Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927," both tastefully rendered in fine new acoustic fashion. David Grisman, who guests with his mandolin on "Euridice," offers that the band caught his attention, and they now have a place on the Acoustic Disc label. Joe Craven plays percussion on two tracks.

OSFT's contemporary acoustic music is arranged and built around evocative lyrics which should've been included in the CD jacket. Guitarist Jesse Harper sings with exhilarating electricity, more characteristic of a jazz vocalist. The dynamics in the band's music call for rhythmic and tempo variations that impart power and intensity. Instrumental breaks are shared among all the band members, and their song's appealing melodies are lyrical and fluid.

Besides Harper, Old School Freight Train includes Pete Frostic (mandolin), Ben Krakauer (banjo), Nate Leath (fiddle), and Darrell Muller (bass). The title track and some of the other offerings ("Drama Queen" or "Broken Pieces") have commercial leanings which clearly open up the door for significant airplay. The closer, "Dance" is explosive and distinctive. The band's eclectic nature covers a great deal of ground from bluegrass ("Henry Brown" and "Lookee Here") to R&B ("Superstition") to adventures south of the border ("Tango Chutney" and "Euridice").
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any music fan May 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I recently attended a concert in Boston in which Old School Freight Train was one of the featured bands. They played some really different music with a great sound. During intermission I purchased the cd "Run" and briefly talked to mandolin player Pete Frostic.I am very glad I did.It is the freshest sound I have heard in a long time. Part bluegrass, part latin, part rock, part blues, even a hint of funk (cover version of the Stevie Wonder song "Superstition" which by the way is really cool). From the very first track "Run" you realise that these kids are really something special. Lead singer and guitarist (also plays some realy kicking percussion) Jesse Harper has an excellent voice which really adds to the bands unique sound. The album is produced by legendary mandolin player David Grisman who does an excellent job producing this album, especially the song "Broken Pieces" an anti war song with some excellent lyrics such as "and when we you learn it's children who get burned when bombs fall in foreign lands" and a really great melody and crisp sound. Another high point is the latin sounding instrumental "Tango Chutney" this song can best be described in 3 letters WOW!I very highly recommend this cd to everyone, especially those who like bluegrass and rock bands like the Grateful Dead. (...)I look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future and I'msure you will too after hearing this cd.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Delight June 6, 2005
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I had the unexpected delight last night of seeing this extremely talented quintet at Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music. Their fresh sound is accurately captured on this CD.

Old School Freight Train has found a new recipe for making some very tasty music: Two cups of excellent song writing, 5 scoops of instrumental virtuosity (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, upright bass), steamed together with the rhythmic sensibilities of a jazz band, served up with pop-right tightness.

More creative than new-grass, more focused than a jam band, these guys sound like Nickel Creek meet the (American Beauty/Workingman's Dead era) Grateful Dead. Well crafted acoustic music with a focus on the song and the feeling makes this CD something special.
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