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Eaglesmith receives Railway Hall of Fame honor

Monday, July 23, 2012 – Fred Eaglesmith was inducted into the North American Railway Hall of Fame in St. Thomas, Ontario last month.

Recognized in the Railway Art Forms and Events category, Eaglesmith will be presented with the honor Aug. 16 during the 18th Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic in Aylmer, Ontario.

Eaglesmith's work often reflects the traveling life. Nominated by a fan, he is being inducted, at least in part, because of the prominence of railway themes in his music.

The sixth of nine children born into a strictly religious farming family, Eaglesmith was 15 when he hopped his first train and began chasing his dreams as a performer. Singing about trains has been extended to singing on trains, as his penchant for traveling rail shows has included long hauls with carloads of fans from Vancouver to Toronto, New Mexico to Colorado and more. His annual charity picnic opens this year with a barbeque at St. Thomas' Canadian Southern Railway Station (August 16), at which his induction will be celebrated. He was unable to attend the June ceremony.

Eaglesmith continues to tour in support of his album "6 Volts." The 2012 Route 66 Tin Can Caravan will take the eclectic and electrified Eaglesmith experience to new levels during an 18-day Chicago-to-Santa Monica journey in September. Tour dates are:

July 1 Victory Tavern, Timmons ON

July 2 Geraldton Curling Club, Geraldton ON

July 3 Iron Mine, Atikokan ON

July 4 Park Playhouse, Winnipeg, MN

July 5 The Lady of the Lake, Brandon, MB

July 7 Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6, Redcliff, AB

July 8 The Palomino Calgary, AB

July 11 Auditorium Hotel, Nanton, AB

July 12 Rockyview Hotel, Cochrane, AB

July 13 - 14 Pembina River Nights, Evansburg, AB

July 17 Canmore Legion, Canmore ON

July 18 The Legion, Stettler AB

July 19 Amigo's, Saskatoon, SK

July 20 Happy Nun Cafe, Forget, SK

July 21 ECCE Art & Yoga Fargo, ND

July 22 The Dakota Minneapolis, MN

July 25 Godfrey Daniels Bethlehem, PA

July 26 Ballard Park Ridgefield, CT

July 27 Club Helsinki, Hudson, NY

July 28 Bull Run, Shirley, MA

July 29 Ossipee Valley Music Festival Osipee Valley, ME

July 30 The Community Center on Cliff Island Cliff Island, ME

Aug. 1 Mineral Capital Concerts, Bancroft, ON

Aug. 2 The Acoustic Grill, Picton, ON

Aug. 8 Beef & Bird, Sudbury, ON

Aug. 11-12 Live From the Rock Folk Festival Red Rock, ON

Aug. 16 Canada's Southern Railway Station St. Thomas, ON

Aug. 17-19 Fred Eaglesmith Annual Charity Picnic Aylmer, ON

Aug. 24-25 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Ontonagon, MI

Sept. 13-30 Tin Can Caravan Tour

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Standard CD review - Standard
With his 18th album of original material, Fred Eaglesmith makes the turn toward 60 with almost 40 years of recorded history twirling in his gravel dust. The hardscrabble touring warrior isn't mellowing with time, but he is perhaps becoming more reflective about essentials. Replacing the braggadocio of "Time to Get a Gun" are appreciative grandfather's tears considering the "Twin City Mini" resurrected from rust and dust. Utilizing the same core that has accompanied »»»
Tambourine CD review - Tambourine
Canadian icon Fred Eaglesmith appears to have been inspired by the roots of rock and roll on his latest release, "Tambourine." Renowned in his home country for both his songwriting and his entertaining live shows, he follows in the footsteps of fellow Canuck, Neil Young, in that he never appears to feel content to release the same album twice. Throughout the years, he has toured with a variety of musicians in tow, including the late Willie P. Bennett, and adopted a variety of personas, »»»
6 Volts CD review - 6 Volts
From the opening notes of Cemetery Road it is apparent that the classic Fred Eaglesmith sound is back; it seems high time that the Fred of lonely gravel roads, lonelier women, frustrated Saturday evenings, roadside artistry and junkyard Americana paid a return visit. Within character studies, Eaglesmith's brilliance is revealed. Seldom heroic, Eaglesmith's protagonists are flawed, often lost. Eaglesmith doesn't attempt to provide answers; he is an observer, a writer of domestic »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Rising Appalachia buck the mainsteam, and that's fine with them – Rising Appalachia would not be accused of being in the musical mainstream. Not too many bands who combine folk and Appalachian sounds with new world music could possibly be. And that suits the sister-led duo of Chloe Smith and Leah Song just fine. In fact, at one point, Chloe made it clear she did not embrace radio play as a sign of success... »»»
Concert Review: Bingham plays with something to prove – Ryan Bingham mainly focused on songs from his sixth album "American Love Song," for this lively show. Backed by a supportive band that also included two female backup singers and a fiddler, Bingham's eclectic setlist touched upon country, singer/songwriter folk, rock and blues. Bingham reached for lively country sounds early on, with... »»»
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