Numero Uno from Coal Town Rounders

Numero Uno - Coaltown RoundersFrom Scranton, Pennsylvania comes a traditional bluegrass band that call themselves Coal Town Rounders. They refer to their scrappy, minimalist sound as Blacklung Bluegrass.

Numero Uno is the clever title of their debut album, released earlier this month. It’s a seven track project consisting of old time favorites like Foggy Mountain Top, Darlin’ Cory, and Dark As A Dungeon.

The band consists of Matthew Hiller on mandolin, Ian O’Hara on banjo, Christopher Kearney on guitar, and Jason Zarnowski on bass.

Kearney tells us that they have come up with a unique way to add value to the CD version in this era when most consumers purchase music online.

“The physical copies, which are only being sold at shows, are hand letterpressed by our mandolin player, Matthew Hiller. He owns and operates his own letterpress business called Revival Letterpress. Each pressing of 500 that we have done has a different color text. The first 500 were red, the second 500 were blue, etc.”

You can have a listen via SoundCloud.

You can visit Coal Town Rounders on Facebook or at their web site.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.