The all-acoustic trio of veteran pickers mixes up an unlikely blend of old-timey songs, bluesy mandolin, and Celtic fiddle to create their unique breed of oldternative Americana.
In the tradition of early bluegrass, Little Black Train record live into a pair of stereo microphones, cutting complete takes with no overdubs, for a vintage sound that complements the rich woody tones of fiddle, mandolin, mandola, banjo, and guitar.
On Barn Dance, the trio expands its range, like kudzu covering a woodpile. Here they have included more blues and gospel songs from the Deep South, with tracks like Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Blues in the Bottle, and Satan Your Kingdon Must Come Down. As on their first release, the earliest days of country music are recalled, with material from the Carter Family, Jimmy Rodgers, and Charlie Poole. West Virginia remains a recurring theme, as they open the record with Old Black Dog from the Mountain State’s Dick Justice.