One of New England's premier Bluegrass bands, Southern Rail is in great demand for private and public concerts as well as corporate events. Their shows are lively, funny and engaging, and appeal to audiences of all ages. Instrumentation includes guitar, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic bass. Southern Rail's performances are polished, upbeat, and energetic with strong trio and quartet harmonies as well as sparkling instrumental work. The group is equally at home in settings requiring traditional bluegrass as well as those calling for a more contemporary sound.
Southern Rail tours nationwide and their performances have run the gamut from Performing Arts Series to Conventions to Bluegrass, Folk and Cajun Festivals, to Fairs, Libraries, School Programs, Educational TV, Coffeehouses and Taverns. Southern Rail also performs regularly for Private and Corporate Functions, Dances, Weddings, Anniversary and Birthday Parties, as well as Church Services. The group's versatility and broad repertoire enable them to handle a variety of events, all with a engaging professionalism. The group carries a full sound system, engineer, and stage lights.
Perhaps the best way to familiarize yourself with Southern Rail's energy, enthusiasm and sense of fun is to read this recent post by one of their members: "We have cruised the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge and back. We've interspersed shows in California with hikes through Yosemite National Park's giant redwood forests, through waist-deep snow with our instruments slung over our shoulders. We've stayed at haunted motels in America's heartland. We've played at a large Canadian festival where the artists were protected from the audience by a link-chain fence. We survived a lightning strike at the Bethlehem Musikfest, while singing acapella Gospel songs. En route to a festival at Grandfather Mountain, NC, we were driven off the road by another thunderstorm. While huddled in our van we wrote the song "Carolina Lightning" which became the title cut of one of our CDs and was one of our first big hits. We've had so many adventures that our bass fiddle has its own frequent flyer number!"
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
Carolina LightningJim Muller/Southern Rail
Long Hard RdNitty Gritty Dirt Band
Why Can't I leave it all BehindRandall Hylton
On the Road from AppomattoxJim Muller/Southern Rail
There's a Bluebird SingingMac Wiseman
Till the End of the World Goes RoundFlatt and Scruggs
In addition to Watertown, Southern Rail will also travel to Nonantum, Waverley, Waltham, Arlington Heights, Brookline Village, Hyde Park, Milton, West Medford, Babson Park, Boston, Braintree, Cambridge, Dedham, Mattapan, Medford, Newton, Readville, Canton, Dorchester, Randolph
and many other locations in and around the Watertown area.
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