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LISTEN: The Seldom Scene, “Steel Rail Blues”

May 15, 2019

LISTEN: The Seldom Scene,

Artist: The Seldom Scene
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Song: “Steel Rail Blues”
Album: Changes
Release Date: June 7, 2019
Label: Rounder Records

In Their Words: “Ken Irwin from Rounder Records turned us onto ‘Steel Rail Blues,’ a tune from Gordon Lightfoot’s debut 1966 album. I connected with the lyrics about a lonesome boy who left his home only to find himself in a strange town with no friends, no job, and since his car died in his pursuit of adventure, no way out. His only hope was from a girlfriend back home who bought him a train ticket home, but the night before leaving, he gambled it away, leaving him stranded once again. I think we all want to find our way back home to a place of comfort and familiarity. In this story, Gordon ends up alone on a broad highway, his possibilities — and trucks — passing him by, knowing that he only has himself to blame.” — Dudley Connell, The Seldom Scene


Photo credit: Jeromie Stephens

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