About The Legendary Trainhoppers
May11

About The Legendary Trainhoppers

UPDATE – Tonight’s Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. Safety is always our primary concern. Mark your calendars for the next Living Fort Wayne concert on June 27. https://bit.ly/1WmUCpn The Legendary Trainhoppers with opening act swimming[into]view are performing at the 2018 Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park West on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Living Fort Wayne recently caught up with the Legendary Trainhoppers’ Matt Kelley to get his thoughts on what the Trainhoppers are all about! Tell us about The Legendary Trainhoppers The Legendary Trainhoppers are a six-piece Americana band based in Fort Wayne, IN. The band was originally active 2005–7, and re-formed in late-2015. The Trainhoppers have recorded three albums of original songs, and have performed at Middle Waves Music Festival, Down the Line (twice), the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series (twice) and more, and have opened for The Avett Brothers, The Cactus Blossoms, Marah, Rorey Carroll and Ike Reilly. Their most-recent album, LET IT BREATHE, was released in June 2017. Current Lineup for The Legendary Trainhoppers Colin Boyd – drums Chris Dodds – vocals, guitars, keys, harp Matt Kelley – mandolin, guitar Phil Potts – vocals, guitar Dan Smyth – vocals, guitar Casey Stansifer – bass “Rays of Light Shine” Short Film from Brad Bores Films on Vimeo. Describe your approach to Americana, roots-rock, alt-country? Well, we keep it loose, especially in live performance—we always get a little anxious if we’re feeling TOO rehearsed! We like to feel like the train could come off the tracks at any minute. The music we make is really just rock and roll, with some winks and nods to roots through some of our particular instrumentation, and of course lots of three-part harmony vocals. How did your band get its name? Thanks for asking—over time, the “legendary” thing is a bit smug, yeah? But, it’s kinda true. Basically, our band formed after my aunt presented me with a photo of my great-grandpa’s band, circa 1905. They had crooked hats, string instruments, and looked like they had just hopped off (or robbed) a train. It was 2005, and we just sat there staring at that photo and wondering, “What would they sound like today?” And then we decided to re-form the band, and find out. The band was originally a project to write songs that sounded like that photo looked. Soon enough, we had so much fun, we couldn’t resist making it a serious part of our lives. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Well, the repertoire is pretty large. We play 80 percent...

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Faces of the Fort:  Matt Kelley
Nov07

Faces of the Fort: Matt Kelley

Matt Kelley of One Lucky Guitar continues to turn up in lots of discussions about live music and creativity in Fort Wayne.  Owner of One Lucky Guitar, Matt and his small performance venue The B-side have turned up in two separate posts in our recent featured articles. Tom Boyer’s article about the Bomb Shelter and our recent feature on the Damien Jurado performance led us to Matt’s front door.  So we thought it was time to catch up with an influential member of the creative community in Fort Wayne. What message would you like to send to artists, musicians, and other creative people who may be reluctant to move to Fort Wayne? I say, come on over. I think you can get lost in the sea in some bustling metropolis or arts hotbed, and just try to stand out, or more likely, fit in. In Fort Wayne, there are plenty of opportunities to be a non-conformist—and to be supported for being one! You can very quickly become networked artistically and professionally, and find collaborators who are interested in building things up, doing great work and defying expectations, instead of just tearing things down. If you put in the work and put in the hustle, you can be part of a mo vement that’s going to be in The History Center someday. That’s pretty great.   What is the most exciting or interesting thing happening in Fort Wayne? I think more and more silos are crumbling. It’s a battle every day, of course, but I think you can feel a “stronger together” and  “all boats rise” mindset becoming more and more the norm, and so you see some non-traditional pairings of organizations or entities that are really pretty incredible and powerful. This ranges from arts and culture groups to musicians and performers to business development entities. I love it when we can get beyond the ego (or business model) that demands we get credit at all expense, to the point where one would rather something fail than not get credit for it. That’s thinking with a ’90s, Okay, maybe ’80s, brain. I went on that Regional Exchange: Cincinnati trip and one of the biggest takeaways for me was the way many of their organizations had adopted a “We want credibility, not credit” mindset. It was an eye-opener…like getting a bucket of cold water dumped on you. And it made me smile when I reflected on similar things starting to happen here in Northeast Indiana.   How long have you been hosting shows at the B-side? Tell me a little bit about the process of booking an artist. I used to go for...

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