Old Train

Old Train

by The Seldom Scene


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Old Train

By 1974, the Seldom Scene were one of the hottest progressive bluegrass bands on the D.C. circuit. Their fourth album, Old Train, shows why. The band confidently kicks off with the instrumental Appalachian Rain before delving into their trademark three-part harmony on Herb Pedersen's "Wait a Minute." On songs like "Wait a Minute" and "Different Roads," John Starling's lead vocals sound more folk than bluegrass. Only John Duffy's tenor, coming in loud and clear on the chorus, reminds the listener that he or she is listening to a bluegrass group. The Seldom Scene, however, also have a traditional side. Sparkling versions of "The Old Crossroads," "Traveling on and On," and "Working on a Building" hark back respectfully to classic bluegrass. A number of guests help the band fill out its sound on Old Train. Linda Ronstadt's vocals show up on Paul Craft's drinking classic "Through the Bottom of the Glass," while Ricky Skaggs' fiddling adds a number of flourishes. The album may seem a bit short, but with material like the title track and "C & O Canal," every minute will be prized. For anyone curious about how good the original lineup sounded, Old Train provides a snapshot of a band that had it all.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/1994
Label: Rebel Records
UPC: 0032511153623
catalogNumber: 111536
Rank: 9703

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seldom Scene   Primary Artist
Mike Auldridge   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals
Ricky Skaggs   Fiddle,Violin,Viola
John Starling   Guitar,Vocals
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Paul Craft   Guitar
John Duffy   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals
Ben Eldridge   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Tom Gray   Bass,Vocals
Bob Williams   Harmonica
John Duffey   Mandolin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Auldridge   Cover Art
Red Smiley   Composer
Don Reno   Composer
Charles R. Freeland   Producer
George Massenburg   Engineer
John Terpay   Cover Art
Bob Grieser   Cover Art

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