The Railhouse Band
Either serendipitously or by clever design, San Marcos’ The Railhouse Band seemed to know what lie ahead when christening their debut EP Coming Out Swingin’. The young group began performing Western swing and traditional country at venues alongside the railroad tracks of Central Texas in mid-2016; an origin story not only folkloric in nature but helpful in determining their name.
Mere months after forming, The Railhouse Band were securing residencies at venerable clubs such as Cheatham Street Warehouse and The White Horse, and making a name for themselves at some of the musical landmarks of the Texas Hill Country and surrounding area, including The Continental Club, Riley’s Tavern and historic Gruene Hall. The latter including an opening spot for Dale Watson and Ray Benson on the night of the duo’s album release.
Recorded over a rainy Texas summer weekend, Coming Out Swingin’ captures the enthusiasm and energy that make up the band’s live set of country and Western swing standards paired with original numbers. “Right or Wrong”, “Chinatown” and “I’m An Old Cowhand” may ring familiar to many American music traditionalists, but are complimented by original tunes like “Railhouse Stomp” - a referential number in the style of Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan.
For The Railhouse Band, looking forward may be just as exciting as looking back upon the great dance music of yesteryear. The group - made up of Candler Wilkinson IV on guitar and vocals, Elijah Stone on fiddle, Curtis Clogston on pedal steel, Jackie Myers on piano, Nick Lochman on the upright bass, and Dave Sims Jr. on drums - are set to release a live album recorded from their Cheatham Street Warehouse residency as well as perform at this summer’s Kerrville Folk Festival. Definitely ones not to miss, Lone Star Music Magazine offers this advice on The Railhouse Band - “If it’s the real no-foolin’ deal you’re looking for, rest assured they bring it in spades.”