Eaglesmith Inducted Into North American Railway Hall Of Fame

Eaglesmith Inducted Into North American Railway Hall Of Fame

Eaglesmith Inducted Into North American Railway Hall Of Fame

📅23 July 2012, 23:59

July 23, 2012

“Eaglesmith, a prolific songwriter and recording artist who can make audiences think and laugh, is on the endless highway with 6 Volts, a plain, simple and powerful CD (his 19th) that salutes his roots and the music he grew up with.”  – San Antonio Express  

“A true sensory experience …his lyrics clearly show he’s a true student of life. The result is a catalog that speaks to listeners’ hearts as it melds the sonic flavors of bluegrass, folk and rock … Eaglesmith recorded [6 Volts] with a live band and one (seriously) microphone … sometimes the back-to-basics approach is truly the most beautiful.” –Blurt




Honor To Be Bestowed Aug. 16 At 18th Annual Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic

            (ST. THOMAS, Ontario) Acclaimed recording artist Fred Eaglesmith was inducted into the North American Railway Hall of Fame in St. Thomas, Ontario June 22. 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.

One of North America’s preeminent singer/songwriter/performers and perhaps among the last of a breed of ceaseless touring artists, 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, Fred was 15 when he hopped his first train and began chasing his dreams as a performer. The road warrior mentality pervades his music, with prominently featured railroad imagery often drawing the interest of other artists. “Freight Train” was covered and released as a single by country superstar Alan Jackson, while Canadian roots rockers Blackie & The Road Kings have served up a version of his “49 Tons.”

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.

Meanwhile, Eaglesmith continues to tour relentlessly in support of his well-received album 6 Volts. And 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. Fred Eaglesmith Band On Tour:

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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