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The Opening Act: Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery

Hailing from Anderson, Indiana, Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery took their name from the 1903 silent Western and have crafted their sound in that sure-footed Americana tradition ever since their inception in 2011. The heart of their music is in the storytelling – stories that embrace the fact that we are all human together while setting hyper-literate lyrics to psych-folk melodies. The band serves as a revolving door of collaborating musicians to underscore Powell’s evolving craft. Their latest album Alyosha is a psychedelically-tinged electric folk album, inspired by classic Russian literature. Their sound often draws comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and Neil Young. No Depression described Powell’s sound as “lushly-composed chamber folk…revival-in-the-river folk mysticism.” You can catch the band at Zanzabarthis Friday (9/1) appearing with Brooks Ritter & the Lower Lights. Here with the song "Cave of Clouds" is Joshua Powell & the Great Train Robbery: The Opening Act.

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John is the mid-morning host on WFPK. Email John at jtimmons@lpm.org

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