Runaway Train

Members: Nate Latta (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Jeff Borgeson (lead guitar and background vocals), Ed DeFour (percussion), Craig Allen (bass).

Prior Gigs: Opening for The Animals at the Wildcat, Cold Spring Tavern, and Left at Albuquerque.

Style: Alt-country

Influences: Steve Earle, Johnny Cash, Mike Ness, Bob Dylan.

The Skinny: So, you think country is just for hicks? Runaway Train’s upcoming self-titled CD release takes country for a punk-rock spin. You may have already heard a few of their songs on 107.7 FM, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Soon the entire full-length project will be ready to hit the county. “Half the album’s done right now. These five songs are just to get us out there,” said Latta. If the first five songs, which were recorded in Montecito this past November, are any indication, then the full CD to follow will be a straight-up dose of alt-country with bluesy, rambling lyrics. Their twangy chords and too-tough-for-country rhythms prove that alt-country ain’t for no goody-two-shoes.

Next Gig: Tuesday, March 7 at the Velvet Jones.

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