CC Railroad,
Black Horse Motel
(self-produced, 2004)

Classing themselves as urban folk, this group certainly marries the energy of modern city living to music of the heart. This is a group with a great future as performers but also as writers. All tracks come from within the band.

Real life as wife is brought to us in the track "Don't Ask." The simple production adds greatly to a song that will hold your attention.

Any regular readers will know I love a good story-song -- well, CC Railroad certainly provides a regular little storybook on this album. One that I particularly like is "Seven Years."

Here in Ireland, as in New York, we are coming to terms with a ban on smoking in public places, including bars. I just love "Who Sold My Dreams" as I hear our bar owners complain about lost business. I so want to play that first verse, which ends, "we suck down our deaths in little bits called cigarettes."

These are just a few examples from 14 -- yes, 14 -- short stories set to music. This is one of those gems of a CD. Every track has something to say and says it with melody.

- Rambles
written by Nicky Rossiter
published 6 November 2004

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