songwriters in the American tradition Americana * roots-rock * alt-country
The Legendary Trainhoppers are multi-instrumentalists and singers Chris Dodds, Matt Kelley, Phil Potts and Dan Smyth, with Connor O’Shaughnessy on drums and Casey Stansifer on bass.
The band’s four songwriters each bring a distinct voice to the proceedings, all in service of the song. The album benefits from this collaboration, as albums from The Band, The
Eagles and even Traveling Wilburys have before.
The Legendary Trainhoppers were initially active from 2005–2007 and released their debut album, Ramble On, in 2006. That record was produced by Scott Mathews at Tiki
Town in Mill Valley, CA and featured David Grisman.
Of Ramble On, Roots Time said, “Country/rock, folk and bluegrass straight from the heart—sad, lonely, hungry and unsatisfied.”
The Trainhoppers have shared the bill with The Avett Brothers, Marah, Tim Rogers (You Am I), The Ike Reilly Assassination and Chevy Downs.
In 2015, the band reconvened to begin work on its sophomore album. Family Tree was engineered by Tyler Berggren and recorded at The B-Side at One Lucky Guitar, an intimate performance space in Fort Wayne, IN.