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Pray the Power Down

Music Mondays

This week’s song of the week is Pray The Power Down (Live) [feat. Apostle Paul Martin] by Marty Stuart. In addition to the great singing, I really like Marty’s Scruggs-style guitar picking. Check it out if you like to listen to bluegrass gospel music.

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4501 Returns, Percy Arrives, and 611 Progress

Train Tuesdays

Southern 4501 Returns!

I did not make it to Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s” Railfest this year, but the museum completed the restoration of Southern 4501 and the historic locomotive has returned to the rails pulling excursions. Videos below by Ralph Berg (running by herself) and Mike Beahm (doubleheading with Southern 630).

Percy at Strasburg

The Day out with Thomas festivities at Strasburg Railroad featured Percy, for the first time, along with Thomas. Video below by theroarbots.

Norfolk and Western 611 Progress

FireUp611.org reports restoration is now 45% complete and the iconic locomotive is expected to pull excursions during Spring 2015 as part of Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam program.

Weekend Links

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Hurray for the Riff Raff and Trampled By Turtles Show Review

Music Mondays

A week ago, we were in Tennessee and went to the Hurray for the Riff Raff and Trampled By Turtles concert at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Downtown Knoxville is a pretty cool place with lots of restaurants and bars in the Market Square district. Leaving the kids with their Tennessee grandparents, Kristy and I had a great time out. The Bijou Theatre is an old concert hall, small enough that there aren’t really any bad seats.

We like both bands, but were actually most excited to see the opening act. Opening for a bigger act is great opportunity to get exposure, but also challenging in that most people are not there to see you. Alynda Lee Segarra and the rest of Hurray for the Riff Raff did a great job. They played all of our favorite songs including The Body Electric and Little Black Star. I only wish Hurray for the Riff Raff could’ve played a little longer.

Trampled by Turtles also put on a good show. Like Alynda Lee Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dave Simonett (the lead singer for Trampled by Turtles) also has a great voice. They both sound just as good live as they do on their recordings. Trampled by Turtles also played many of their best songs including Victory and Wait So Long. They also ignited the crowd with a light show and Ryan Young’s talented fiddle playing. Ryan sometimes bent all the way over while playing his fiddle and the crowd reacted favorably.

Related Links

Recommended Hurray for the Riff Raff Songs

Best of Trampled by Turtles

Hackensaw Boys Kickstarter Album Project

Music Mondays

The Hackensaw Boys have a new lineup and are raising money on Kickstarter for a new album. If you like their sound, definitely donate! A $10 donation includes a pre-order of a digital copy of the upcoming album. Click here to check it out!

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