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Southern RailPO Box 323Watertown, MA 02471-0323781-891-0258email: bluegrass@SouthernRail.com
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A live shot from Wolfeboro, NH, by Ken Tibert.
Press ReleaseSouthern Rail's performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. Southern Rail celebrates over four decades of performing with the long awaited release of their 12th recording, "Voices in the Wind".
Over the years, Southern Rail's recordings, featuring their prolific songwriting, have graced Bluegrass Unlimited's Top Thirty Singles Chart for a combined total of 32 months, climbing to #11. One of Southern Rail's earlier CD's, a special Bluegrass Gospel compilation entitled Glory Train, was nominated for Best Gospel Recording of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Southern Rail has been selected by the New England Foundation for the Arts to be included in their prestigious Touring Roster.
PersonnelJIM MULLER, Guitar and Lead Vocals
Jim was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Jim is the band's principal lead singer and songwriter.Jim's rich, distinctive lead vocals and offbeat humor have become one of the group's trademarks.A guitarist for over 40 years, he is also known for his polished flat-picking and rock-solid rhythm.Jim is also a respected staff-writer for Bluegrass Now Magazine (Rolla, MO). His regular feature onsound reinforcement, titled "Plugged In", has received a great deal of international attention.
SHARON HOROVITCH, Acoustic Bass and Harmony Vocals
Aggressive, creative and irrepressible, Sharon is known for her infectious smile, her limber bass work,and her tireless energy on stage and off. Sharon sings tenor and high-baritone harmonies. Sharon and Jimare co-founders of Southern Rail, and have worked on ten recording projects, eight of which are SouthernRail's. Sharon also handles Southern Rail's booking and publicity.
RICHARD STILLMAN, Banjo and Harmony Vocals
Richard (usually known as "Rich") has been playing bluegrass banjo for over 30 years. He hasfounded or been involved with of a number of influential bluegrass bands, including the Jersey Travelers,a previous term with Southern Rail, WayStation, and Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek. He also has numerousstudio recording credits with other New England folk artists. Rich was New Jersey banjo champion in1983 and the 2002 and 2003 New England banjo champion. He is a six-time winner of the annual banjocontest held at Lowell, Massachusetts (1985-1995), where he has presented a bluegrass banjo workshopevery year since 1996. Rich has been a regular on the faculty of Banjo Camp North, has taught bluegrassbanjo classes for Boston Bluegrass Union, and has taught banjo as an adjunct faculty member at PhillipsAcademy in Andover, MA.
JOHN TIBERT, Mandolin and Harmony Vocals
Hailing from Northboro, MA, John started playing guitar at age 14. But once he heard Dave Grisman on"Old and in the Way", his life was never the same. He's been addicted to bluegrass ever since.He's a prolific songwriter and also has taught mandolin for over a decade. John's mandolin playing isfluid, lyrical and from the heart, and his superb bass vocals are a powerful addition to the group'ssignature quartet harmonies.
Southern Rail members can be reached by email at bluegrass@SouthernRail.com.
Quotes and Record Reviews
Simply outstanding! - Top rating by Cybergrass
Beautiful quartet singing...a pure winner. - SPBGMA's Bluegrass Music News
First rate bluegrass...precise harmonies, sharp instrumental work...soaring and lush. - Boston Herald
The vocal harmonies are exquisite and the musicianship is impeccable.
- Radio Star, Ireland
The best Gospel CD I've ever heard! - WXCF, Clifton Forge, VA
Bluegrass Gospel at some of its most heartfelt emotion. Beautiful. - WTSR, NJ
The phones went nuts over this! - KVML, CA
A genuine jewel. - Beringen Country Radio, Belgium
One of the most original and exciting groups in bluegrass. - Powe'r Pickin', CO
Jim Muller has one of the most distinctive voices in Bluegrass today. It is the typeof voice from which bluegrass legends have been made. - Bluegrass Now, Rolla, MO
Beautiful and creative arrangements, emotionally knife-edged. - Twangin' Country Magazine, CA
The musicianshop is superb, the vocals rich, and the energy fun. Excellent! - New England Performer Mag.
One of the most significant groups in contemporary bluegrass...on the cutting edge of creativity. - Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, VA
Unplugged and untamed! One of the hottest groups on the cicuit! - Chico News & Review, Chico, CA
There's a renewed exuberance in SOUTHERN RAIL's harmonies and playng that seems to emanate frommeticulous attention to composition and a sheer joy in picking. - Dirty Linen Magazine, Baltimore, MD.
Southern Rail's musical arsenal is formidable. - Worcester Magazine, Worcester, MA
Southern Rail's music shines! - Richmond Times Dispatch, Richmond, VA
The songwriting is fantastic. You're a smash in Houston! There hasn't been a slowdown of requestsfor Southern Rail. - KPFT-FM, Houston, Texas
Southern Rail brims with contemporary energy, harmonies and nuance while featuring lots of originalmaterial...A bluegrass band with the total package of style, material, vocals and picking. They standready for an international breakout. - Bluegrass Canada Magazine
Invigorating picking, riveting harmonies. They have a real hit on their hands. - Patriot Ledger, MA
A talented, polished group... strong tight harmonies, and a good dose of creativity to give itall their own stamp. - Victory Review, Boney Lake, WA
There's warmth and depth in a SOUTHERN RAIL performance. The joy and talent in their musicwill make people happy for a long time. - Worcester Telegram & Gazette, MA
Southern Rail usually brings their own sound reinforcement system and stage lights.