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About the Freight Train Boogie website
The Freight Train Boogie website is a quality place to get news and reviews of Americana and Roots CD releases. It is primarily the work and passion of Bill Frater. I started the site in 1997 because I wanted people to know about all of this excellent music that wasn't being played on the "regular" radio stations. I also had an idea to do a radio station on the Internet that was like the old freeform stations yet played Americana and roots music.
Here are some e-mail comments I've received....
(It's) "home-made aesthetic accentuates the folky flavor of Americana
and alt-country music". -Entertainment Weekly (June 6, 2001)
"Your site is way cool, a relevant, authoritative source for Americana music. Thanks for what you're doing." -KB
"You're doing a wonderful service spreading the word about roots music." -DT
wanted to drop you a note to compliment the FTB radio show, and really, the page
in general. Over the past year or so, the show and page helped expand my
knowledge of Americana/ alt-country, whatever you call it. There's tons
of stuff out there and it's good to know I can be tipped off to gems through y'all."
My advertising rates are very reasonable. I prefer roots music-related sponsors. A single banner ad on any 3 pages of your choosing starts at only $125 a month. Discounts for independent artists and for multiple month buys. Please e-mail me for details.
Barry Dugan is a freelance writer and editor who has lived in Sonoma County since 1979. A native San Franciscan, he spent the past 24 years working as a community newspaper editor before starting Dugan Communications in 2007. He loves baseball, songs about diesel trucks and trains and the people who sing them, his children and his sweetheart, just to name a few.
Scott Homewood: Born a Yankee in Upstate New York, he has since seen the error of his ways and has moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. He has quickly shaken off his formerly evil Big City ways and has embraced Americana music in all its forms (except for the shit you currently hear on country radio). He is often published, constantly pissed at the current state of the music industry but happy every once in a while. This is what he calls his life. Send him stuff to review before he kills somebody. Oh yeah, it better be good. Content note: people who copy something but do it well will get better reviews than people who make their own garbage. So listen to Buck Owens and learn, punk.
Doug Lang is a songwriter-singer from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, who's been doing live radio for a quarter century now in Canada. Better Days is his Vancouver-based roots music show that webcasts at www.coopradio.org on Thursdays, 10 pm to midnight Pacific time. Doug's My Space page is myspace.com/betterdaysradio
Brad Price: Brad Price is a family man, tech geek and Telecaster abuser living in Portland, Oregon. Having stumbled into country, blues and folk while all his friends were listening to prog rock, he put himself though MIT playing honky-tonks and truckstops around Boston as a hired-gun lead guitarist and band leader. These days he keeps a few music projects on the stove and explains digital audio to people for a living.
Robb: 40 yrs old, Akron OH resident.
I've played Guitar since I was 9 and took up the Non-Pedal steel about 5 years
ago. I play out 2-3 times a week. Nuthin too wild. Just a little western swing/
honky tonk jam band at Brady's Leap Cafe (located in an equally neat place called
the Kent Stage). Influences are: for guitar Hank Garland, Danny Gatton, Junior
Barnard and Luther Perkins. Steel guitar: Alvino Rey, Jeremy Wakefield, Cindy Cashdollar
and Jerry Byrd.
Jeep Rosenberg: Jeep Rosenberg is a poet, songwriter, and guitarist who has played roots music professionally since the Great Folk Scare of the 1960’s. A long-time New Yorker raised in South Carolina, he first encountered The Deep Twang in the playing of Roy Acuff’s dobroist Oswald Kirby, and has never shook it off. He was a featured performer on an Austin City Limits special dedicated to the military folklore of the Vietnam War, with Kris Kristofferson as guest host. He also went through an NEA-funded apprenticeship with legendary jazz/blues guitarist Teddy Bunn. Further colorful details and music at www.jeeprosenberg.com and www.reverbnation.com/jeeprosenbergJoe Ross: Now retired from the day job (as a civilian supporting the U.S. Marine Corps), Joe Ross of Roseburg, Or. works full-time on music-related endeavors, including performing, teaching, recording, and songwriting. He plays a variety of instruments in multiple genres for diverse audiences, and he also reviews an eclectic broad range of music. Born in Virginia but raised a “military brat” overseas, Joe also offers a special “Folk Tales of Old Japan” storytelling program for kids and families. More info is at: http://ibluegrass.com/bg_bands2.cfm?b__i=956 or http://www.talentondisplay.com/joerosshome.html
Kevin Russell: Kevin is a Sonoma County multi-instrumentalist who puts out his own CD's plays with the swinging Americana of Laughing Gravy.
Clint Weathers: At 39 years old, Clint Weathers has been all over the musical roadmap. He studied jazz guitar performance at Central Missouri State University, played in rock and blues bar bands, and written research papers on the hidden meanings of Steely Dan and Dead Kennedys lyrics. After burning out on Nashville country, classic rock, and modern jazz, he was all but ready to give up on music. One day he discovered alt.country, and his love of music was reborn. Matching his years of musical experience with his years of writing experience by writing for FTB is truly a labor of love. Clint gets the chance to see every week that real, honest, authentic American music is alive and well. His thanks go out to everyone picking in bars, recording in their garage, and selling their CDs out of the backs of their cars.Best of Year, Festival and Conference Review Achieve
Best of 2003 CD's
Best of 2004 CD's
Best of 2005 CD's
Best of 2006 CD's
Best of 2007 CD's
Best of 2008 CD's
Best of 2009 CD's
2005 Grey Fox Festival Review
2005 MerleFest Music Festival
2004 Americana Music Assoc. Conference
2005 Americana Music Assoc. Conference
2006 South by Southwest Music Conference
Ten Questions with Hank III (from 2006 SXSW)