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The High 48s Kickstarting Bluegrass Train Songs Project

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The High 48sFormed in Minneapolis - St. Paul, MN in 2006, The High 48s were thrust onto the national scene in 2008 after winning the prestigious RockyGrass Bluegrass Band Competition in Lyons, CO. With members who honed their craft touring with acts such as Special Consensus and the James King Band, the group combines a healthy respect for tradition with a desire to create original music, true to their upper-Midwestern roots. Now, The High 48s are heading to Nashville to record an album of train songs with Grammy-winning engineer/producer Randy Kohrs.

The band's name, The High 48s, is railroad slang for boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression. So it seemed only fitting for the band to honor their namesake by recording an album of train songs.

Since the 48s formed in 2006, they have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.

In that spirit, The High 48s will be combining new and old on this collection of train songs, drawing from the bluegrass and old-time songbook as well as some of their favorites from the likes of Greg Brown, Robin and Linda Williams, Becky Schlegel and the 48s' own Anthony Ihrig.

In January, The High 48s will be spending a week in Nashville recording with Randy Kohrs. In addition to occupying the producer's chair on Jim Lauderdale's Grammy-winning bluegrass albums, Randy is a virtuoso dobro player who's recorded with Dolly Parton, Hank III, Dierks Bentley and even subbed for Jerry Douglas in Alison Krauss and Union Station.

This album will be the sixth project for the group. The band says, "to us, it feels like the culmination of many years of hard work. With band members who honed their bluegrass chops playing with Grammy-nominees Special Consensus and traditional bluegrass legend James King, as well as the many road miles logged since our win at the RockyGrass Band Competition in 2008 brought us national recognition, the band has never sounded better."

Commenting for their Kickstarter Bluegrass Trains Songs Project they write, "We have no doubt this album is going to representative a high watermark for us musically, and we can't wait to hear it take shape. We're hoping you can help us make it happen."

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