If you recall, The Rails "Fair Warning" was my favorite album of the year, two years in a row. That is how much I loved that record. Of course then, I could only be disappointed in a follow-up. So, when their new record, "There Are Other People In This World, Not Just You" was released earlier this year, I prepared myself for a let down. And I admit, I was. But some time, and an absolutely stellar performance last night at NYC's Mercury Lounge, and I am back on The Rails, especially after hearing stunning acoustic versions of a few songs from the new LP.
I've raved and I've gushed, but that is what Kami Thompson, daughter of Linda and Richard (who was in attendance last night) and the brilliant James Walbourne, currently a Pretender, do to me. Their close harmonies, not to mention the songs themselves, whether traditional folk tunes or their gorgeous, occasionally heavy originals, can be spellbinding. The Rails played a solid hour last night, but I could have stood in front of that stage all night.