Our country, the United States, not the Divided States, is based on the words "We the people, in order to
form a more perfect union... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness." This nation and these rights should belong to all of us.

Sadly, we as a society have not lived up to those noble ideals. All men and all women have not been "equal',
nor had equal opportunity for life or liberty. The words "black lives matter" should not need to be said.
But they do, and we add our voices to those already saying them.

We also hope that in some small way our music is, and always has been, a vehicle to help bring people togther.

We sure wish we could play a live show for you but that just isn't possible right now.
So in the meantime we are posting music from live shows and cuts of some of our past
recordings you may not have heard. New entries below come first, then the earlier offerings.
Don't wory, it's all here. You just have scroll down to keep listening.

For this latest offering we decided to give the Wayback Machine a break, lest is break from
over use. Instead we offer you a glimpse of the present and possibly of the future. We have been
been practicing both music and social distancing by playing in our back yard. Here are three
links to videos on YouTube from one of our practice sessions, two songs fairly new for us, and a
new banjo instrumental which Rich wrote. We are planning to do a live streaming concert later in the
fall, subject to weather of course. So these videos are part of the preperation. Sit back and enjoy!

Southern Railroad Line
I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal
The Big Squeeze

For this next trip in the Wayback Machine we visit the remaining songs in Wasting My Time
which we could not fit into the WM's luggage compartment on our previous trip. Enjoy!

Freight Train
Drifiting Too Far From The Shore
Ask Your Heart
40 Days 40 Nights
The Old Wood Burning Stove
Jonah's Wail

Are you getting enough music? Ah, we didn't think so! Okay, here is some more. Have fun listening.
This next offering is a collection of songs from our CD Wasting My Time. The musicians
are our good friend Bob Sachs on mandolin, Jim's brother Paul Muller on banjo, guest fiddler Aubrey Haynie,
and of course Sharon Horovitch on bass and Jim Muller on guitar. This material is from 1998. We'll post the
rest of this CD some time in the future as soon as the wayback machine cools off a bit.

Wasting My Time Loving You
Heading West
When The Roses Bloom Again
Carolina Dream
Long Hard Road
Dreaming Of A Home

Once again we dig into the past, this time courtesy of Bob Tanner who sent us
his recording of our Sunday morning Gospel performance at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, 1989.
This was recorded from out in the audience so you get the full bluegrass festival experience. Sit back and enjoy!

Sunday Morning, Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival, 1989

This week's offering takes us back into the studio and back in time, all the way to 1991
with tracks from our first CD Drive By Night. Sounthern Rail members at that time were Jim Muller
on guitar, Sharon Horovitch on bass, Dave Dick on banjo, and Jim Rohrer on mandolin. This CD also
features guest artist Ray Legere on fiddle. Hold on tight and enjoy the ride!

I Didn't Ask
Stairway To Heaven
One Too Many Memories
Number One Highway
Drive By Night

Here is the rest of the material from that concert we introduced
to you last week, Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, Massachusetts, January 2011. We have played
the Homegrown Coffeehouse for many years. As we remember it, we always played there in January
and it always snowed a foot or more on that day. And it very, very, very cold! And great fun!

Carolina Lightning
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Coal Tattoo
I Know The Way To You
It's Might Dark To Travel
Long Hard Road
On The Road From Appomattox
Polka On A Banjo
Randy Lynn Rag
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Theres A Bluebird Singing
Voices In The Wind

Our previous offering of vintage material is a collection of songs from
Southern Rail's performance at the Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, Masschusetts, January 2011.
This is live material, minimally edited. The fun thing about live music is you never know how
it will turn out. I (Jim) haven't listened to this material in years, so I have no idea what
sort of flubs, humor, or strange tuning it might contain! We present it to you just as with any
live show - you get whatever we managed to do that night. This is about half the show. We will
present the rest of the material in the near future. The musicians are Rich Stillman on banjo,
John Roc on mandolin, Sharon Horovitch on bass, Jim Muller on guitar. The banjo duet of Earl's
Breakdown is Rich Stillman and Michelle Canning. Have fun listening!

Friend Of Steel
Joy Joy Joy
One Beautiful Day
El Cumbanchero
One More Dollar
I Didn't Ask
Just A Little Man
Earl's Breakdown banjo duet
Twinkle Little Star
Long Gone
Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Our fourth offering of vintage material is a video recording of
Southern Rail performing at the Peaceful Valley Bluegrass Festival, 1989. This video is our
Saturday evening set with two songs from our Sunday morning Gospel set tacked on at the end.
I (Jim) recall seeing this video a long time ago but I confess I have no idea who took this video
nor how it ended up with the unusual splice at the end.
This performance was shortly after our vinyl recording Home was released. The musicians
are Rich Stillman on banjo, Jim Rohrer on mandolin, Sharon Horovitch on bass, Jim Muller on guitar.
Southern Rail, Peaceful Valley Bluegrass Festival, 1989

Our third offering of vintage material is a collection from our second recording,
a vinyl LP named Home, released in 1989. These selections were also released on the The Early Years CD.
Our good friend Jim Rohrer played mandolin and special guest Herb Applin played fiddle.

Do You Know
Dust On The Banjo
Gettysburg Rain
Oh Judge Ye Not
Love Is A Treasure
Gettysburg Rain was written by Jim Rohrer. Love Is A Treasure was written by Damian Muller.
The rest of these songs were written by Jim Muller.

Our previous offering was a collection of vintage material from our very first recording back in 1987,
a vinyl LP named Looking For The Lighthouse. These selections along with some cuts from our second
recording in 1989, a vinyl LP named Home, were also released on a CD named The Early Years.
It is interesting to hear how our style has changed and yet in many ways stayed the same over the past 33 years.

The musicians on Looking For The Lighthouse were Sharon Horovitch on bass, Rich Stillman on banjo,
Jack Finn on mandolin, Jim Muller on guitar, with guest artist Roger Williams on Dobro. Enjoy!

A Guitarist's Lament
California Earthquake
Forty Days Forty Nights
Just A Little Man
Looking For The Lighthouse
Virginia Is A Pleasant State Of Mind
All of these songs except California Earthquake were written by Jim Muller.

Our first offering was a recording of a live concert in Littleton, MA on October, 2018. This is a
large file, about 110 MBytes. You are welcome to download it (if you have the patience) but it
might be best if you just play it directly. Sit back, close your eyes, and enjoy the concert!

Live In Littleton!

Check back in every so often. We will be posting more music to keep you safe and sane.

Here are some YouTube videos from our recent Cable TV appearance on "502 Sessions"
in Dedham, MA. 502 Sessions features bands playing their own original material. These are all
originals (except for "Children Go Where I Send Thee", which is a traditional song with our own arrangement).
Carolina Lightning
Do You Know
Just a Little Man
Tractor Pull
I didn't ask
Field Of Glory
Last Leg Home
Voices In the Wind
My Old Friends
Walk Your Way To Heaven
Chidren Go Where I Send Thee
Road Trip

Click here for some legacy videos.

Here are two songs from our performance at the 2019 Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Enjoy!
Southern Railroad Line
We Shall Rise

Upcoming shows:
To support the current efforts to contain the coronavirus, we have decided
to reschedule our spring and summer. We're in the process of finding new dates
for all of our concerts. We expect that all of them will be move to 2021 so you
won't miss anything. Just remember, anticipation is half the fun!!


Mar 21 (Sat) NEEDHAM, MA Homegrown Coffeehouse

Mar 29 (Sun) BELLINGHAM, MA Bellingham COA Senior Center

Apr 18 (Sat) SPRINGVALE, ME Sanford Springvale Historical Museum

Apr 19 (Sun) SACO, ME First Parish, Saco. (10 am)

May 2 (Sat) QUINCY, MA Kentucky Derby Party

May 17 (Sun) STOW, MA Sounds Of Stow Concert

June, 2020

Jun 10 (Wed) WEBSTER, MA Gladys E Kelly Public Library (6:30-7:30pm)
Free indoor concert!

July, 2020

Jul 4 (Sat) CONCORD, MA Picnic in the Park Emerson Playground.
(1-3pm) Bring a picnic and a blanket! Great family fun! An annual event with lots of activities. Free!

Jul 18 (Sat) WOLFEBORO NH Wolfeboro Community Bandstand Cate Park
(7-9pm) A great setting on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Free!

Jul 28 (Tue) SUDBURY, MA Wayside Inn Fresh Strawberry Concert Series
(7-9pm) In the air-conditioned Martha-Mary Chapel, 72 Wayside Inn Rd.
For more info 978-443-1776 or http://www.wayside.org/
Bluegrass and Strawberry shortcake!!

Jul 30 (Thur) N ANDOVER, MA Stevens Coolidge Place
113 N Andover St. Summer Picnic Series! Ticketed event. Details tba

August, 2020

Aug 11 (Tue) N ATTLEBORO, MA Veteran's Park Gazebo (6:30-8:30pm) free!

Note, new dates are always begin added so check back in regularly!

RIBA (Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance) inducted Jim and Sharon into the RIBA Bluegrass Hall of Fame in April, 2019.
This is quite an honor, and a tremendous way to kick off the band's 41st anniversary!

Southern Rail Recordings

Our newest CD Voices In the Wind is here!
Fifteen songs, including a live bonus cut. Available now!
Purchase with credit card or PayPal via the Buy Now button below.


Other recordings available (Coal Tattoo is back!):

You can also order a CD or DVD from us by sending $15 (+ $2 postage per order) to:
Southern Rail
PO Box 323,
Watertown, MA 02471
Checks can be made out to Southern Rail.
Please be sure to include your return address and telephone number.

Previous Recordings:

While these are out of print, many of these can be found on iTunes and CDBaby.
You'll find a complete listing of our available recordings at both these
sites. Here are some useful links:

CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/southernrail3
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/southern-rail/id4461746
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/southernrailbluegrass

More Southern Rail on YouTube!

Taken by Maynard Public TV, Maynard Library.
Gone For Way Too Long
Red Rubber Ball
Funky Mountain Special
Daniel Prayed

Taken by Stephen Ide at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse, Nov 10, 2012.
It's Mighty Dark To Travel
Weary Ol' Highway
The Hills That I Call Home
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Foggy Mt. Breakdown
I Didn't Ask

Most of these videos were taken during a concert
in a church in Norfolk, MA. (The camera and microphone were
stationed in the balcony.) Long Hard Road was recorded
at a concert for Billerica Cable TV. Check them out!
Long Hard Road
Earl's Breakdown
Children Go Where I Send Thee
Prisoner Of the Highway
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Friend Of Steel
5 In the Morning
Heading west
Mary Did You Know

A bit of fun:
Set-up and soundcheck at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum

Special archival video:
From the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival, Sept. 1989!

Children Go Where I Send Thee

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organizations through the New England States Touring (NEST) program of the
New England Foundation for the Arts.
Visit www.nefa.org for more information.

Some pictures from recent shows, just for fun...

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival.

Cotuit Center For the Arts.

Regis College, Weston, with Boston Saengerfest Chorus.

Sound check at Regis College.

Southern Rail at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival.

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