Coal Town Rounders to release How it Used to Be

How it Used to Be - Coal Town RoundersA second CD of music from northeastern Pennsylvania’s Coal Town Rounders is scheduled for a May 12 release.

Like their first, Numero Uno, this next, How It Used To Be, was sparsely recorded on analog tape with a very live feel, and features a custom letterpress cover, individually stamped with Rounders’ foot power.

By contrast, however, this new project features primarily original material from within the band. They include one traditional song, and an old fiddle tune, but is otherwise stocked with Coal Town Rounders’ words and music.

Their sound is of the ragged-but-right variety, as much Old Crow as Lester & Earl, with a clear appreciation of the traditions that inform modern bluegrass. You can also hear a strong old time influence in their music, which they describe as Blacklung Bluegrass,with tongue firmly implanted in cheek.

Coal Town RoundersCoal Town Rounders are Jason Zarnowski, Matthew Hiller, Christopher Kearney, and Ian O’Hara.

CDs will be available in May from the band at their live shows, and for download from popular digital download sites.

Keep an eye on their web site for more details.

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