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Oct202010

The Big Engine That Did

A couple of months ago I was throwing back some Johnny Walker at a small pub in St. Louis, Missouri. I heard two gentlemen on the other side of the bar having a conversation about today’s music and how it no longer had any soul. I heard them mention name’s of pop artists and bands that are commonly overplayed on the radio. I was smirking while listening to the asinine conversation, but kept to myself. I could not ignore them any longer once I heard one of them mention that “blues was dead.” Luckily I had my Walkman with me and approached the two of them. Without saying anything I put my headphones on the fellow’s ears that made the last statement and played “Conquistador” by Train Company. After he got a taste of the song, I took the headphones off and told him that blues is very much alive, he just needs to wake up and find it. I then took my last sip of Blue Label and left the bar.


When listening to Train Company’s music, it comes as a surprise to learn that they have only been together since 2008. They have a sound and chemistry that portrays a band that has been together for over a decade. Starting from a group of musicians jamming in an attic bedroom in March 2008, they gained steam and recorded their debut, self titled album later on that year.

In two short years, they have grown to a level most independent bands strive for. It was not long ago they were only playing at house parties and dive bars. They quickly drew attention and started receiving radio play. In 2010, they performed at the SXSW festival in Austin Texas. Following this performance they were offered to open up for Blues Traveler at a sold-out show in Chicago, Illinois.

Their clean and crisp musical abilities combine elements of blues and rock and roll that keep up with the traditions of Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The talents of Mark Alletag’s saxophone, and female back-up singers add to their unique style.


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I look forward to seeing how their career will keep growing as they continue to record and tour throughout the upcoming years. For more information on the band, visit their website or friend them on facebook.

 

Mark Alletag, Mike DeWitte, Rob Lejman, and John Zozzaro are

Train Company | Chicago, IL

Once played a show in a grocery store parking lot. They were paid with fresh produce.

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Really like these guys

November 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnson

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