BlueTrain would like to announce that they will be performing at VFW (Darlington - Post 10146) located at 3440 Conowingo Rd., Street, MD 21154 from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm on Sat., July 19, 2014. There is a $15.00 charge at the door that will include a dinner, drinks are extra but the dancing is free. For more info please do contact 410-457-5461 or view their Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/DarlingtonDublinVfwPost10146
Come on out and see this versatile bluegrass band from around the DC, MD, PA, VA & WV areas which features David Propst on mandolin & vocals; Tom Reeves on bass & vocals; George Osing on banjo; Rick Miller on guitar & vocals and featuring special for this event, Mike Hartnett, whom will be helping out just on this gig on fiddle until his medical issues are completely taken care of so that he can once again come back full back to playing fiddle full-time again. Come say hello to Mike, and hope to see you out with your dancing shoes on and ready to ride this ‘train’!
BlueTrain is a relatively new band that just did come out ... but yet, not actually. Each member of the band has a history of working with some of the best bluegrass musicians in the DC, VA, MD, PA area. More fascinating is that they don't seem to have hit their stride as of yet, only being a unit for a very short time and even fewer rehearsals ... they still do not have a website as of yet. To the band's credit, the core of this ensemble has previously performed together for an extended amount of time in a different configuration and has aided in the configuration to gel more quickly.
With this fact, and the fact that the band draws on the strengths of the members within the band, they have already filled up performance dates up until this coming Christmas. This is an impressive feat considering how many bands do strive to do the same, trying to morph musical talents together as a unit, yet do fall short, finding the many roadblocks and obstacles it takes to find cohesiveness.
When you hear the names involved in this band, you may then understand why the formula has become successful: David Propst, featured on mandolin & vocals, has previously performed before East Coast audiences for years alongside multiple higher profiled bluegrass bands such as Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band, Norman Wright, Kevin Church & The Travelers, Darren Beachley & the Maryland Line and currently still touring out with Bill Yates & the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band.
Tom Reeves, featured on bass & vocals, was exposed to bluegrass, old-time, country & gospel music at a very early age, initially being greatly influenced by his own family's musical talent. His appreciation for many types of music is reflected in the versatility of his bass playing, even though his first love is bluegrass. Tom has previously performed with multiple area bluegrass (& country) bands throughout the years to include Excalibur, The Satyr Hill Band and The Darren Beachley Band
George Osing, featured on banjo, has developed a blended style by combining them all to create his own unique style. While performing, George always strives to enhance the performance of his other band members. His fast paced, complicated array of licks stays true to the melody of the song and is never just another mechanical rendition. George has previously performed out with such bands as Dean Sapp & the Harford Express, The Satyr Hill Band and The Darren Beachley Band
Tommy Lyons, featured on fiddle, brings forth a plethora of musical experience on the fiddle as he presents a smooth silkiness to the slower, soulful tunes, while tearing up a fast paced tune where one cannot help themselves but tap their toe. Tommy has previously performed out with multiple bands around the DC, VA, MD & PA area, to include The Dixie Cannonballs, John O'Dell & Windy Ridge, The Harold Tipton Band and Dee Gunter & the Dukes of Bluegrass, just to name a few.
Lastly, Rick Miller, featured on guitar & vocals, rounds out this array of musical talent by bringing his different renditions and views of the music that he grew up with to the table, providing experience from other different genres of music, thusly flavoring the music in such a way as to aide in making the BlueTrain sound it's own. Ricks still does contribute his talents with the band, Gamber Station, on occasion when he's not performing out with BlueTrain.