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“I would like to call attention to the Nashville Ramblers' "The Trains”, one of the most unspeakably gorgeous instances of romantic yearning disguised as a pop song.”

“I've heard exactly two songs written by Carl Rusk, but that's enough to know that this guy pushes all the right buttons. This gem may be my favorite power pop song of all time. Rusk's vocal makes his longing sound positively apocalyptic. Everything about this song is perfect, from the Who chord-voicings of the opening to that wonderful Beatle chord that snaps your bent heart in half at the end. Great lyrics, brilliant production, get out the checklist, yep, it's all there.

”Great songs, great arrangements, brilliant production on the recordings that exist, I can go on and on, I'd say these guys are still my favorite contemporary band.“

With the formation of the Ramblers Carl really began to hit his stride as a songwriter, as demonstrated by songs like" The Trains", which to me is a modern day classic. Their live shows are always fantastic. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen them do a bad show. They were one of the few bands from the '60s scene that could've actually broken out and found real commercial success. Instead, they stayed within the scene, and for that reason they remain a well-kept secret.

rock house (france, norway)
shindig (usa) electrocute (spain)
ugly things magazine (usa, europe)