Friday, June 29th the Framingham Concerts on the Green series began with old friends of Hillbilly at Harvard, Southern Rail, now celebrating their 40th year playing bluegrass and gospel in New England. Aside from the Joe Val Festival, it’s rare to find bluegrass a few minutes from home (and even rarer on the Green) so Dr Janie and I put a couple of beach chairs on the grass not far from the stage. It was a lovely summer evening. Southern Rail were in good voice and fine fettle, though a little hard to hear in the far reaches of the Green, and treated the crowd to a good variety of songs, including some non-bluegrass fans might recognize. Banjoist Rich Stillman indulged me with a version of the ‘Randy Lynn Rag’, which Jim announced as ‘Kicking off’ HAH (of course it ends the show), but only I noticed. Click a photo to scroll through them (for higher-resolution images, go HERE):
Southern Rail are: Leader Jim Muller, guitar—he’s from Virginia, hence truly Southern; Sharon Horovitch, bass, married to Jim; Rich Stillman, banjo; and John Tibert, mandolin. This Saturday they’ll be at the new Smuttynose Bluegrass Festival in Hampton, New Hampshire (105 Towle Farm Rd). Smuttynose brews my favorite IPA, so this is a great match as far as I’m concerned; details HERE. Check out Southern Rail’s website for oncoming events.
Here’s Southern Rail playing ‘Turn Your Radio On’ at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfied last fall (Rich is finger-picking the guitar as Earl Scruggs did in the Foggy Mountain Boys gospel numbers):
Late getting this post up, but sometimes those round tuits are hard to find. /CL