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8 Year UK Tour Anniversary

Eight years ago today, my band Rush Hour Soul embarked on its first tour of the United Kingdom. It was an exhilarating time. Not only did we perform a slate of shows, we had a recording date at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and a music video to shoot for A Talent For Loving in London. We played all over the North of England (oop North) in towns like Sheffield, Huddersfield, Barnsley and York. I did the driving on the "other" side of the road. Talk about adventures. The highlight was a series of shows in Liverpool, including the historic Cavern Club, as a part of the International Pop Overthrow Festival. As a Beatles fanatic, it was incredibly meaningful and moving to play their hometown, trod their streets and to visit their childhood homes. So many indelible moments that I shared with Bryan and Doug; and Patty and Molly, our touring party. Even as time, space and life has separated the group, that magical season is ours forever. I am thankful for them and I still lov

Songs For National Train Day

All 'BOARD! In honor of National Train Day next Saturday, I thought I would rattle off 14 of my favorite tracks about riding the rail. Mystery Train - Junior Parker or Elvis Presley Last of the Steam Powered Trains - The Kinks One After 909 - The Beatles Subway - Bee Gees Night Train - James Brown Ghost Train - Gorillaz Love Train - O'Jays It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry - Bob Dylan Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight and the Pips The Day We Caught The Train - Ocean Colour Scene The Loco-Motion - Grand Funk Railroad The Last Train To Clarksville - The Monkees Downtown Train - Tom Waits I've Been Working on the Railroad - Pete Seeger Mystery Train is hands down the best; and you can flip a coin for which version. What Am I Doin' Hangin' Round? by the Monkees is another one I love, but the train is in the lyric not the title. Train in Vain by the Clash is a heavy favorite, but the lyric is not about trains. And Grand