Throughout American history trains and songs have been inexorably linked. In honor of this happy connection, Railtown 1897 (home of those movie-star steam locomotives) invites the public to its 3rd annual Singing Rails Music Festival.
Headlining the evening is influential folksinger Mary McCaslin who sings traditional ballads and her own contemporary songs of the West. Opening for McCaslin are the Sierra Mountain Band (traditional western and bluegrass) and Faux Renwah (old-timey).
The performances will be held outside on the Roundhouse lawn. Though food and beverages will available for purchase, guests are encouraged to their own lawn chairs, blankets and picnic fixings.
What: "Singing Rails" Railroad Music Festival
Where: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown
When: Aug. 4. 5 p.m., Sierra Mountain Band; 6 p.m., Faux Renwah; 7 p.m., Mary McCaslin.
Cost: Advance online tickets -- $10 for adults; free for children 12 and under. At the gate (if still available) -- $12 for adults; free for children 12 and under.
For more info: 209-984-3953 or visit website
PHOTO CREDIT: Chris and Bob of Faux Renwah at 2010 Singing Rails. Courtesy Railtown 1897 SHP