The Legendary Trainhoppers: a past-modern band for the new world order.
We are Damian Miller, Dan Smith, Phil Potts, Matthew Sturm, Jon Ross, Chris Dodds and Matt Kelley. Within this group of friends, all successful local musicians, we put together a modest proposal. A call to action. The lighting of a fire. The filling of a void. The time is now to create music that needs to be made, to come together because we're friends and we have songs and we want to hear eachother sing and play on these songs. Because we've spent too much time staring down tall lagers and talking about Exile on Main Street and Blood on the Tracks and Music from Big Pink. Sound ramshackle? Perfect. The whole thing might only be ruined by thinking about it too much — but I bet not, and so here goes:
We aim to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the greats. Our forbears: The Wilburys, ol' Golden Smog, The Highwaymen, and yeah Chevy Downs.
And so we wrote vaguely country-ish songs. Songs about girls, cars, lost love. Maybe songs about a crime, about time in jail. Indeed, somebody wrote a song about a train. Everyone thought about their own family history. Thought about how their great grandkids are gonna sit around and wonder about them. What do we want to leave for them? What is the mark we all leave behind? How will we be remembered? And so it's with this spirit in mind — maybe our grandsons will one day play this music for the affections of a dark-haired girl — that we decided we must take advantage of living right here, right now, and knowing eachother. Let's make magic.
We are The Legendary Trainhoppers.