This Train

This Train

by Wayfaring Strangers


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If you thought that the first Wayfaring Strangers album, Shifting Sands of Time, was a delightful novelty, an act of a musicians' collective gathered together for one shining project that married country, bluegrass, jazz from New Orleans to post-bop, and world music and pulled it off, thankfully you were wrong. As a band, the Wayfaring Strangers -- including vocalists Tracy Bonham, Ruth Ungar, and Aoife O'Donovan, pianist Laszlo Gardony, percussionist James Haddad, banjo boss Tony Trischka, violinist Matt Glaser, bassist Jim Whitney, and guitarist John McGann -- are a full-time entity, and on their sophomore effort they bring back many of the same guests from their first outing, including Andy Statman and Darol Anger, and recruit Jay Ungar and Molly Mason as well. The program this time out relies more on traditional material such as the stalwart country gospel tune that Bonham turns inside out that is both the title track and opening number. O'Donovan fronts a moving rendition of "When the Golden Leaves Begin to Fall" with a stunning piano solo by Gardony. Statman and Anger turn the old fiddle tune "Cluck Old Hen" into a dark, nefarious klezmer tune, before it erupts with Ungar and Bruce Molsky whipping it into a backcountry barnyard frenzy. Ruth Ungar's vocal on "Lazy John" is positively moving in its depth and breadth as it careens over the fiddles and banjo or the trio of singers on the virtually stunning "Sit Down Servant," where Delta blues, New Orleans jazz, country gospel, bluegrass, and strange Eastern modalism all come together to swirl into an organically transcendent groove. Even without the guest appearances by Ralph Stanley and Jennifer Kimball on Shifting Sands of Time, This Train, like its predecessor, is one of the most gratifying, provocative, and original takes on true roots American music -- as it comes from the rest of the world -- on record. It is simply moving and beautiful.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661052826
catalogNumber: 610528

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wayfaring Strangers   Primary Artist
Tony Trischka   Banjo,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Darol Anger   Fiddle,Musician,Guest Appearance
Laszlo Gardony   Piano,Group Member
Matt Glaser   Piano,Violin,Group Member
Steve Gorn   Bansuri,Musician,Guest Appearance
Andy Statman   Clarinet,Musician,Guest Appearance
Art Baron   Trombone
Jamey Haddad   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Molly Mason   Vocals,Musician,Guest Appearance
John McGann   Guitar,Mandolin,Group Member
Bruce Moisky   Fiddle,Musician,Guest Appearance
Jay Ungar   Fiddle,Musician,Guest Appearance
Jim Whitney   Bass,Group Member
Tracy Bonham   Vocals,Group Member
Rushad Eggleston   Cello
Aoife O'Donovan   Vocals,Group Member
Ruth Ungar   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Tony Trischka   Instrumentation
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Laszlo Gardony   Instrumentation
Matt Glaser   Arranger,Director,Liner Notes,Instrumentation
Brad Leftwich   Composer
Edward Haber   Engineer
Jamey Haddad   Instrumentation
John McGann   Instrumentation
Bruce Moisky   Composer
Hugh Syme   Art Direction
Jim Whitney   Instrumentation
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Landon Messer   Composer
Lowell Varney   Composer
Andy Edelstein   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Wayfaring Strangers   Arranger
David Royko   Liner Notes
Pete Pyle   Composer
Ed Haber   Producer

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