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CD REVIEW – FARGO RAILROAD CO. – Sharing The Load

| 13 May 2015 | 1 Reply

CD REVIEW – FARGO RAILROAD CO. – Sharing The Load
Independent
2015
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8/10

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Some releases demand repeated listens, like this little live gem from Sheffield’s Fargo Railroad Co.

Sheffield – the steel town in the North of England that spawned not only Joe Cocker, Bruce Dickinson and Def Leppard, but also Pulp, Arctic Monkeys and, errr… The Human League – is hardly the first place anyone thinks of when considering Southern Rock, but with not only FRC, but also Roaming Son and others doing good business in the city following repeated triumphant visits from the likes of Dan Baird & Homemade Sin, Jason & The Scorchers and Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, there’s a real movement going on.

As incongruous as it may seem to hear Southern rockers No Friend Of Mine and The Whirlwind with all the vocal twang of a Lyrnyrd Skynyrd or Homemade Sin, followed by between song banter in a thick Sheffield accent, this live album impresses as much with it’s restraint as it does it’s intensity.

For a group from the north of England they sure are in thrall to The States, even including an evocative track called Arizona Dust which you’d swear was recorded out there in the desert. The Skynyrd and Allman Brothers touches are tempered with a more laid back, rootsy Americana vibe too, so it’s not in your face rawk n’ roll.

As is right, there’s a handful of songs about ladies and the enjoyment of a fine beverage, but lest we think this is a one trick pony (or should that be a one carriage locomotive?), there’s tracks about brothers on different sides of the U.S. Civil War (The Well), the suitably topical Waiting On A Train with it’s driving rhythm, and even the zombie track Night Walkers (just for something completely different!)

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  1. Andy Dye says:

    Hi there 100% rock, thanks for the lovely review!

    If anyone wants to listen to the album (or even buy it) it’s on bandcamp now:
    https://thefargorailroadco.bandcamp.com/releases

    Peace y’all

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