About this project
Our band name, The High 48s, is railroad slang for boxcars originally used to transport troops on the front lines in WWI that could carry 40 soldiers or 8 horses, and were later used in the US on fast-moving “hot shot” freight trains by train-hoppers looking for work during the Great Depression.
So it seemed only fitting to honor our namesake by recording an album of train songs.
Since the 48s formed in 2006, we've been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs.
In that spirit, The High 48s will be combining new and old on this collection of train songs, drawing from the bluegrass and old-time songbook as well as some of our favorites from the likes of Greg Brown, Robin and Linda Williams, Becky Schlegel and the 48s' own Anthony Ihrig.
In January, we'll be spending a week in Nashville recording with Randy Kohrs. In addition to occupying the producer's chair on Jim Lauderdale's Grammy-winning bluegrass albums, Randy is a virtuoso dobro player who's recorded with Dolly Parton, Hank III, Dierks Bentley and even subbed for Jerry Douglas in Alison Krauss and Union Station.
This album will be our sixth, and to us, it feels like the culmination of many years of hard work. With band members who honed their bluegrass chops playing with Grammy-nominees Special Consensus and traditional bluegrass legend James King, as well as the many road miles logged since our win at the RockyGrass Band Competition in 2008 brought us national recognition, the band has never sounded better.
We have no doubt this album is going to representative a high watermark for us musically, and we can't wait to hear it take shape. We're hoping you can help us make it happen.
NEW! - MINI-DOCUMENTARY OF THE BAND by John Whitehead
100% Cotton High 48s T-Shirts
EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS
CD "BOX SET" & DELUXE "BOX SET"
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks with a project like this are possible production delays that can occur at various points in the recording process. We are doing our best to line-up the schedules of the tracking, mixing, mastering and pressing so that we will have the album in hand a couple weeks before the estimated shipping time. This will build in padding for any unforeseen delays.
We will be keeping all backers up-to-date about all of the important milestones of the project as well as any issues that may arise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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