Old School Freight Train | Live In Ashland

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Live In Ashland

by Old School Freight Train

Musically daring, this quintet blends folk, bluegrass, jazz, soul and pop into a seamless blend with innovative and accomplished instrumental prowess.
Genre: Folk: Jazzy folk
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Old School Freight Train, from Charlottesville, VA, serenely combines thought-provoking lyrics with captivating melodies, soulful vocals, virtuosic instrumentals and imaginative arrangement. Blending folk, bluegrass, jazz, soul, pop, Latin and Celtic, OSFT offers a unique musical experience the Boston Globe claims is "the Next Big Thing" and the Chicago Tribune claims is "accessible but uncompromising in creativity."

Mandolin master David Grisman heard their music in the fall of 2004 and viewed the band as "an emerging force to reckon with in today's world of acoustic music." Grisman invited the band to record at his Dawg Studios in Northern California and manned the production and recording along with Dave Dennison. From these sessions came Run, OSFT's dynamic second CD and their first for Acoustic Disc, Grisman's acclaimed independent label.

Their latest effort, Live In Ashland is a culmination of their experience through much touring and performing together. It's not in the studio, and there are no overdubs. What you hear is what you get. The soaring energy of the concert is undeniable.

Old School Freight Train is comprised of the distinctly smooth vocals and songwriting talent of guitarist Jesse Harper, the ecstatic mandolin stylings of Pete Frostic, the poetic fiddling of Nate Leath and backbone upright bass of Darrell Muller. Their synergistic interaction and contagious musical passion has made them the new acoustic band to watch. Highlights of the band's vigorous tour schedule have included the Newport Folk Festival, MerleFest, Wintergrass, the Strawberry Music Fest, and backing David Grisman and opening for him on several tours in 2005 and 2006.


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Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Despite the fact that music is made ever so convenient and accessible these days through various digital media, seeing a band live will never stop being the epitome of an organic musical experience for both the band and the audience. Just as fans will rave about the thrill to see a band live, most musicians will tell you that performing before an audience brings the music to life in profound ways that a studio recording humbly aspires to meet. Live in Ashland captures this magic: the magic of one of the nation’s most notable acts on the acoustic music scene. Old School Freight Train, from Charlottesville, Virginia has been creating quite a stir among various circles from acoustic jazz to folk to progressive bluegrass. Mixing these genres together with a laid back, casual approach, held to its traditional influences by its old-time instrumentation of mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, guitar and vocals, the epidemic quality of OSFT has already been spotted by the mandolin master, David Grisman (having been invited to record on his Acoustic Disc label), to prestigious band contests (Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival) to granola-esque festival goers in the rolling hills of the rural Northwest. Now gearing up to showcase at the Northwest String Summit in North Plains, Oregon in just a matter of days, OSFT brings the particular energy necessary for a live show that can be enjoyed here if you aren’t fortunate enough to catch them on the road. Besides their energy and talent, the beauty of this band is their ability to satiate a wide range of fans ranging from that of Nickel Creek to Yonder Mountain, from Hot Buttered Rum to even Bill Monroe and Ricky Skaggs. This is a disc not to be missed.


I had never heard this band before or even heard of them until I was browsing this site for something else, but listening to the samples i had to buy it. I'm glad I did, it's awesome.