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MP3 Waitin On A Train - Waitin On A Train

The purveyors of Pennsylvania Urban Hillbilly Music are back with 13 songs of intense acoustic bliss.

13 MP3 Songs in this album (32:59) !
Related styles: Country: Bluegrass, Folk: Urban Folk, Type: Acoustic

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The new recording from the alt-bluegrass band is a foot-stomping romp steeped in tradition - but clearly forging new ground for the genre.

Sirius/XM radio host and personality, Wichita Rutherford who has played the song, “You’re Killin’ Me” in regular rotation on his program The Grand Old Time Machine says “I love it. It''s loud. It means something and they''re feeling it when they''re playing it...and I just can''t get enough of that!”


The hellbent, lighning fast tunes on Waitin On A Train''s self-titled CD tell tales of smoky rooms, eerie mountains, life on the farm, and even fishing with dynamite. Powered by an acoustic trio of guitar, mandolin, and upright bass, these tunes have deep roots in traditional, old-time hillbilly music, yet retain a unrestrained fervor that only the best of those bands ever possessed. The chops on display are formidable, and the basic sound is fleshed out at times by banjo, tin whistle, a bowed bass, and even a cigar box slide that adds a shimmery, unearthly quality to the spooky "The Rocks, Sticks, Snakes and Bones", a standout tune for sure. Waitin On A Train''s original songs are just that, unique in their own way whether it be the flat out boogie of "Second Hand Smokes"or the Irish jig "St. Mary''s Gate." Sounding both old fashioned and fresh at the same time, no small feat, really, these tunes stick in your head in a bad way. You can call it urban hillbilly, their seamless blend of styles, but it''s really country boy rock and roll that splashes all over the place not content to stay in any box. If you''re looking for squeaky clean, scrubbed up, radio friendly, "bluegrass", it aint here! If you like your coffee black and your whiskey straight out of the bottle, catch a ride on Reuben''s Train with Waitin On A Train and hang on to your hat!

Richard Noll, avid record collecter/trader, President of BonaFide Records


Waitin on a Train have gained a regional following and a genuine respect among peers and critics in the bluegrass community. Much of this success can be attributed to the band’s effortless authenticity, something that is often hard to come by. For Staub and Wykowski, music that reaches back to America’s Appalachian roots is really the beginning and the end. Industrial Pennsylvania still seems to have in its blood that old banjo and acoustic guitar sound that sailed here with the Scots and the Irish a few hundred years ago. This is a tradition that has always been at its center music for regular folks, made by people who work and who know something about hardship.

Despite embracing a style of music that is old by any standards, Waitin on a Train have been carving out a niche all their own in part by incorporating a punk rock rebelliousness in their well-pedigreed bluegrass. Staub’s mandolin-on-crack speed churns some songs into breathless punk-rock fervor. “We all kind of went through a punk music stage, a rebellious teenage stage,” he laughs. “As you get older, you get tired of carrying around amplifiers and stuff like that, so we started playing acoustic again and coming back to the stuff we grew up listening to.”

Since congealing as a trio, Waitin on a Train have developed a stage show that hisses like a live wire, regularly drawing riled-up crowds full of people singing and stomping along. “Our live shows can definitely get pretty rowdy,” Staub concedes. Buzz about the band’s performances has landed Waitin on a Train in some surreal situations. A definitive career highlight for the band was participating in a show that proved York’s place in bluegrass history, while synthesizing its past and present on one stage, alongside York native – and arguably one of the most famous and respected living bluegrass legends – Del McCoury. McCoury, who has been playing bluegrass for 50 years and who made his name playing with Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, came home to play a benefit for a former bass player who was fighting cancer. Waitin on a Train was invited to share the bill with not only McCoury, but a host of other accomplished players as well. Staub recalls, “That was a pretty fun seeing all those old-timers from the ’60s and ’70s who are great bluegrass musicians.”

In late September, Waitin on a Train released a new, self-titled album and vinyl seven-inch. The record seems to represent a bittersweet new beginning of sorts for the trio. Staub says, “We feel real good about it, because unlike In the Path of Pain, we got to finish it to the point where we wanted to finish it. Here, there were some songs that we had written that got to mature a little bit before we put them down.” The result is a fresh, mature and slightly lighter result than its predecessor, but no less vital and emotive.

Keith Wilson The Fly Magazine, November 2009

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